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Tough Love: Holding On Yom Kippur Yizkor

Yom Kippur, 1929, Louis Fleisher, Harry Fleisher, and Henry Shorr attended services at B’nai David, an Orthodox Congregation in Northwest Detroit. The three men, decked in their Yom Tov finest, taleisim over their heads, were leading members of the Purple Gang, Detroit’s mostly Jewish mob. They had plenty to atone for. The Purple Gang controlled more »

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Vulnerability: Letting Love In Kol Nidrei

In 1856, just five years before the Civil War broke out, a Virginian slave-owner wrote the following to his wife: “In this enlightened age, there are few I believe, but what will acknowledge, that slavery as an institution, is a moral & political evil in any Country. It is useless to expatiate on its disadvantages.” more »

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Candle Lighting Instructions for Yom Kippur

There are a number of different sets of candles that are lit on Erev Yom Kippur that are supposed to last for all of Yom Kippur. Each of them has its own set of laws. Candles are lit like every Erev Shabbos at home. Ideally, one says the blessing of shehechiyanu when lighting these candles and one should therefore not say the shehechiyanu blessing at shul after more »

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The Philosophy of… Yom Kippur

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Passion: the Key to Jewish Continuity (A Response to ‘A Jewish Father’) Rosh Hashana Day Two

Do not send your children to a Jewish Day School. Better yet, boycott Jewish Day Schools. That was the takeaway from an op-ed written last week, titled, “I can ‘do Jewish’ on just $40,000 a year.’ The anonymous author argues that Jewish life, especially sending one’s children to Jewish schools, is way too expensive and more »

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Judaism’s Message in the 21st Century: Restraint Rosh Hashana Day One

“There is no strife, no prejudice, no national conflict in outer space as yet…. Its conquest deserves the best of all mankind, and its opportunity for peaceful cooperation may never come again. But why, some say, the Moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask, why climb the highest mountain? Why, more »

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The Philosophy of… Rosh Hashana

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The Many Shades of Repentance Parshas Nitzavim-Vayeilech

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The Quiet Without the Storm

Hachnassas Orchim, inviting guests, is a hallmark of Judaism. From the time of Avraham inviting the three angels into his tent, to the state of Israel taking in hundreds of thousands of refugees, this is what we do. Nonetheless, I am so impressed and inspired by the community of Atlanta, Georgia, who this Shabbos are more »

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Is Being a Light Unto the Nations a Jewish Value Parshas Ki Savo

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