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Rain, floodgates and G-d

It seems that just as we began reciting the “Mashiv ha-ruach u’morid ha-gashem” prayer, the declaration of G-d’ power over the wind and rain, that it did indeed...

‘Five minutes’ with M

I prayed an unexpected mincha prayer on Yom Kippur. When the musaf service concluded I left the yeshiva in the Jewish quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem to be still...

Guests across the generations

One of the more fond and beloved customs of Sukkot is ushpizin. Ushpizin means guests in Aramaic. Each night of Sukkot, as we stand at the threshold of the thatched...

The silences of Yom Kippur

So here we are and here I am. It’s another Yom Kippur. Another day of forgiveness, a day designated for pardon. A day that, somehow, gently, feels healing and...

Prayer, under the specter of terror

I was sitting before the screen, and trying to focus on writing an inspirational Rosh Hashanah column. Finding the words, feelings and ideas inside, I was writing about...

Nefesh B’Nefesh

I grew up in Jerusalem, Israel, and have flown there countless times since. Yet, somehow, this time when we landed it felt like it was the first time. I joined the...

Obama

History was made in our hometown last week. The first African American in history was nominated to run for president of the United States of America.Wow! What is amazing...

Forty days

The Days of Awe are coming. This Sunday at sunset, a special time in the Jewish calendar will begin, the 40 days leading up to our holiest day of all: Yom Kippur. The...

Riverside Park

There is something quite charming about this long and skinny park. Riverside Park, often overshadowed here in the neighborhood on the Upper West Side by her emerald,...

Small world

A couple of weeks back when I was visiting in Denver I found myself at the Cherry Creek Mall. To my surprise I noticed a young chasidic couple browsing through some...