a conversation with Lawrence A. Hoffman. The editor of We Have Sinned: Sin and Confession in Judaism—Ashamnu and Al Chet discusses how our ancestors understood sin, how the Jewish view of sin differs from the Christian notion, why Jews don’t confess frequently, why there are two standard public confessions, and more. Fall 2013.
Patricia Ratner McWeeney. Taking off on the tale of Jonah and the whale which we read on the High Holy Days, the author reflects as an adult about the mistake she made after her Sweet Sixteen party that changed her life. Fall 2013.
Stephen S. Pearce. Why did Abraham nearly sacrifice his son Isaac? Of these 10 possible explanations of the Akedah (which we read on Rosh Hashanah), which speaks to you and why? Fall 2013.
Mary Ann Sternberg. Sick with bronchitis, the author decided to stream Rosh Hashanah services at three different congregations, including KK Bene Israel / Rockdale Temple in Cincinnati and Central Synagogue in NYC. She describes her experiences and offers streaming tips for temples. Summer 2013.
Theodore Bikel, Susan Caro, Rachel Cowan, Stacia Deutsch, Emily Goldberg, Lawrence A. Hoffman, Liz Lerman, Richard N. Levy, Cynthia Roosth Wolf. Nine Jewish thinkers reflect on the teachings that inspire them to take an accounting of their souls, how they take stock of their actions, and the life experiences that have prompted them to seek change. Fall 2012.
Charles R. Krivcher. Personal reflection of a High Holy Day encounter with a mirror that led to an epiphany regarding the author’s relationship with God and personal responsibility in prayer. Fall 2011.
Dalia Marx. As we approach the Days of Awe, we can take three paths to forgiveness: focusing on the injured, on the injurer, or—ideally and most challenging—on the relationship between them. Fall 2011.
How Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City created a special Rosh Hashanah service that was greatly valued by Jews with special needs and their families; includes tips. Summer 2011.
Russ Levine. Upon reflection and action, the author comes to rethink tashlich - not as a contrived solution to bring absolution of sin, but as a challenge from God. Fall 2010.
Maxine Sukenik and Steve Friedman. A debate between two temple presidents, each of whose congregation has chosen a different path. Fall 2009.
Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and Congregation Or Chadash in Damascus, MD are engaging congregants in discussing their stories as well as their hopes and dreams for the New Year. Summer 2009.
An exploration of the music of Kol Nidre in different communities and times. Fall 2007.
Steven Schnur. A reflection on entering the synagogue on the High Holy Days and "staring at the undeniable alteration a single year has wrought upon the familiar landscape of family and friends." Fall 2004.
In anticipation of the coming New Year, Schimmel discusses what Judaism can teach us about forgiveness. Fall 2004.
Marge Eiseman. How Bibliodrama, art, writing, and "Holigames" about the High Holidays enthralled the children of Congregation Sinai in Milwaukee. Fall 2001.
Mary Ann Sternberg. The author, a visitor in southern Montana attending Rosh Hashanah services at Congregation Beth Shalom of Bozeman, is moved by the holiness evoked - at the local Comfort Inn! Fall 2001.
Harold Schulweis. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur: they are linked together, yet contradictory. Each speaks with a different voice, expresses different attitudes, and teaches different lessons. Fall 1997