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The Gate of Tears by Rabbi Shefa Gold

A meditation for Ne’ila, the closing service of Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur leads to the urgency of this moment. At Ne’ila we rouse each other from our complacency by saying, “Open the gates in the hour of the closing of the gates. The day is passing away. This is our chance. Now.” We read in […]

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Kavanah for Yizkor by Reb Simcha Raphael

A meditation to be offered, aloud or silently, before Yizkor (memorial) prayers. Jewish tradition, in its wisdom, teaches us that between the world of the living and the world of the dead there is a window and not a wall.  Unfortunately, in our culture of scientific materialism, we often believe that dead is dead, and after death, the channels of communication […]

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Unetaneh Tokef: Days of Judgment by Rabbi Laura Duhan Kaplan

During Rosh Hashanah Musaf, we immerse ourselves in a stunning Rosh Hashanah prayer-poem, Unetaneh Tokef. Unetaneh tokef kedushat hayom Let us make a big deal out of the holiness of this day Ki hu norah v’ayom Because it is awesome and terrifying U’v’shofar gadol yitakah A great shofar blast is sounded V’kol dmamah dakah yishamah […]

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May the One Who Answered… by Rabbi Arthur Waskow

This is a gender-inclusive variation on the classical piyyut “Hu Yaanenu,” “The One Who Answered Us.” Hu Yaanenu /Hi Taanenu: An Inclusive Version You Who answered Sara in the palace — May You answer us; You Who answered Avraham at knife-point — May You answer us; You Who answered Rivka in her outcry — May […]

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The Akedah Cycle by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat

This poem cycle was originally written to be delivered from the bimah as a d’var Torah for the second day of Rosh Hashanah; it can also be used as a Torah study text. It was first published in 70 faces: Torah poems (Phoenicia Publishing, 2011). The Akedah Cycle 1. Acharei ha-dvarim ha-eileh / After these […]

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A meditation before Unetaneh Tokef by David Aladjem

For silent contemplation, or to be voiced aloud, before the Unetaneh Tokef prayer of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur: Today is an awe-some day. A day when we look inside To pray and to judge ourselves Holy One of Blessings Divine Shechinah In this year to come May each and every one of us be […]

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Rosh Hashanah art by Jackie Olenick

This is a new painting by Jackie Olenick called “Breisheit” (“In The Beginning.”) It is a six-panel acrylic painting on canvas showing the six days of creation. The original is available for sale, as are fine art giclee prints on canvas (which look exactly like the original but are much more affordable.) Display a print […]

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Reb Zalman z”l on the High Holidays [video]

In this four-video series (three 9-minute videos and one 2-minute video), Reb Zalman (may his memory be a blessing!) speaks about the spiritual importance of the Days of Awe. Part 1: Avinu Malkeinu and Two Stories   Part 2: The Holiday Cycle and Sefirot Yom Kippur = Keter Rosh Hashanah = Chochmah and Binah Pesach = Chesed […]

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Avinu Malkeinu variation by Rabbi Burt Jacobson

This Avinu Malkeinu variation can be used as a responsive reading, or read in unison, either on its own or as a bridge into davennen’ the Hebrew. Our Father, our King, teach us how to make this year a new beginning. Our Mother, our Queen, teach us how to grow from the harshness of life. Our […]

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A siddur for Selichot, edited by David Markus

Are you looking for a liturgy for Selichot, the service of poems and prayers designed to open the heart and elevate us into the High Holiday season? Here is the service which will be used at Temple Beth-El of City Island, crafted by TBE’s associate spiritual leader David Markus. It features havdalah, ma’ariv (the prayers […]

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