Sheltering Together In Divine Presence

As the Baal Shem Tov haKadosh sat in his sukkah, a great tumult raged outside. In the early days of the Chasidic movement, some of its revolutionary practices, as well...

Praying With Sinners

By Yochanan Gordon The title of this article is from the opening words of the Yom Kippur liturgy where we recite, “In accordance with the omnipresent and in accordance with...

Selichot At Sea And At The Stadium

By Sivan Rahav-Meir Why do we chant Selichot (penitential prayers) late at night or early in the morning? In order to change not only our daily routine, but also ourselves....

Heart and Mind

By RABBI NORMAN LAMM                                                                SHABBAT SHUVAH THE JEWISH CENTER                                                                    SEPTEMBER 13, 1975 There are two ways of relating to God, and hence two modes of teshuvah: the ways of...

Rabbi Lamm’s Reflections One Year Post Yom Kippur War

BY RABBI NORMAN LAMM                                                                Kol Nidre THE JEWISH CENTER                                                                    September 25, 1974 Years, decades, even centuries seem to have passed since we last assembled here for Kol Nidre services. What...

An Open Letter To My Dear Colleagues in Russia and Ukraine

Dear shluchim and shluchos, selfless leaders serving the Jewish communities of Russia and Ukraine, I wish you a gmar chatimah tovah—may each of you be signed and sealed in the...

Yom Kippur: Forgive Us For Forgetting

The teshuvah process can be vague and elusive. Unwilling to confront our own flaws and face the unpleasant truths of our past, we often spin false narratives in a...

More Than Just Kapparah

Day Of Purification Though we generally associate Yom Kippur with atonement, the Torah defines taharah (purification) as the day’s goal:     On Yom Kippur, Hashem atones for our sins in order to...

Haazinu: Seeing Is Believing

Here we are, at the very end of the Torah, and the Jewish people suddenly get a new name, used for the first time here and for a total...

Put In The Final Effort: It Might Just Bring The Redemption

By Rabbi Benny Berlin Leon Weinstein was born in the Jewish village of Radzymin, Poland. His family was tied closely to the esteemed Razmyner Rebbe; in fact, Leon’s grandfather was...
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Sukkot: A Step Toward Unity in Israel

The four minim of Sukkot are fundamentally different from the typical items used for the performance of a mitzvah. Objects that are generally employed...

Mehadrin Is Relative

I feel like as much as men grumble about having to build a sukkah, we do enjoy the part where we get to figure...

Mindfulness In The Minim

Dear Dr. Haimoff, I need help slowing down. People always tell me that I’m moving a mile-a-minute and I can never feel settled and calm....

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