Our Day In Heaven

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by Rabbi Pinchas Giller
posted on September 25, 2020
In general, Jews expect to maintain a becoming agnosticism about metaphysics. They tend to observe the admonition of the second chapter of the Mishnah in Hagigah, namely that “whoever considers these four things, better that they should never have come into the World: what is above, what is below, what came before and what will be after.” Hence, it is considered slightly tasteless to speculate about Heaven, or the afterlife, or even the nature of the soul, in conventional Judaism.  Read more...

This Yom Kippur, Pay Attention to the Music

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by Rabbi Elliot Dorff, PhD
posted on September 9, 2017
I have a Ph.D. in philosophy from a philosophy department that espoused analytic philosophy, which focuses on the meaning of words. I am therefore probably the last person you know who would tell you to ignore the words of Yom Kippur – the words of the liturgy and the words spoken in sermons during the day. Read more...

G'mar Hatima Tovah from the Ziegler School

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by Rabbi Aaron Alexander
posted on October 3, 2014
Dear Friends,  In just a few days we'll all stand together on Yom Kippur, physically distant from one another, but powerfully connected by the shared openness in our hearts - to deeply loving, intentionally living, and thoughtfully forgiving. Kol Yisra'el Aravin Zeh La-Zeh. All Jews - that were, that are, that will be - are inextricably bound together in service of God, Torah, and Israel. We feel much gratitude for being able to share in this journey together with you, imagining a present and future that is worthy of our rich past.  Read more...

Time to Try Again

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by Rabbi Adam Greenwald
posted on September 13, 2013
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Erev Yom Kippur is a special night for many reasons, one of which is that it is the only service for which nearly all Jews arrive on time. We hurry to synagogue and rush to take our seats because we don't want to miss the liturgical highlight of the year, the majestic and heartbreaking Kol Nidre chant, which must be completed in the twilight moments before the sun sets. For those magical minutes of Kol Nidre, as we are elevated from the routine sphere of our day-to-day lives to a higher spiritual plane, we sense that something solemn and awesome is taking place. Read more...