Issues: The High Holidays

A Calendar That Tells More Than the Date
Author: Moishe Rosen

The central theme of the message which brought Jewish people together and bound us to one another is Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one God.” In this affirmation, there are many inferences to be understood. Some would look no further than the interpretation...

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Dayenu at Yom Kippur
Author: Avi Snyder

Dayenu” on Yom Kippur? Whoever heard of such a thing! We sing, “Dayenu” at Passover, not on the Day of Atonement. But in one sense, Dayenu is appropriate on Yom Kippur. Dayenu is a Hebrew word which means, “It is sufficient for us; it is...

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The Faith of the Second Generation
Author: Larry Rich

My parents were both Russian born Jews who emigrated to the United States during their teens. They met and were married in Chicago, and although both had been raised in Orthodox families, they spent the first twelve years of their married life in a fairly nonreligious...

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A Father’s Love: The Binding of Isaac
Topics: yom kippur, abraham

During the High Holiday season, the story of the binding of Isaac—known as the Akedah—is read in the synagogue service. This account, found in Genesis 22:1-18, is considered by many to be the pinnacle event of he Jewish faith, a perfect example of one man’s...

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