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Posts Tagged ‘yom kippur

An Unetaneh Tokef for Black Lives by Rabbi Michael Rothbaum

Posted by: erika on: October 11, 2016

An Unetaneh Tokef for Black Lives: In our hearts it is written, and on the streets it is sealed: Who shall live, and who shall die Who with hands up, who holding his ID; Who while selling ciggies, who peddling CDs; Who in cold blood, who by chokehold. In the law books it is written, […]

Yom Kippur-The Best Holiday Yet?

Posted by: erika on: September 30, 2013

I know what you’re thinking. How can Yom Kippur, the day of Atonement, the day of chest thumping, the day of the endless synagogue service, the day with out food, without water where we dress in the same sack cloths we should be buried in, how can that day be the best holiday yet? Two […]

Kol Nidre

Posted by: erika on: September 24, 2012

From a Kol Nidre sermon in 5769 …A generation later millions of Jews who had survived the Holocaust wandered in search of communities and a way of life that had been shattered, like the windows of their homes and businesses on Kristallnacht. One who emerged out of the fires of the Shoah was Reb Leizer. […]

What To Expect:Yom Kippur Fasting 101

Posted by: erika on: September 19, 2012

You made it through Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is looming on the horizon. If it’s your first Yom Kippur I’m not going to lie, it’s a little bit intimidating. If you’re into the visuals-the book of life is wide open and as we get closer and closer to the end of service it’s like […]

What To Expect During the High Holidays

Posted by: erika on: September 13, 2012

These “What To Expect” posts are always inspired by people in my life, many who are on the same path I recently completed-converting to Judaism. I was recently asked what the High Holidays were like and was sort of stumped for an answer. I started and re-started this post and as you can see towards […]

Yom Kippur

Posted by: erika on: September 18, 2010

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=PopzXbvXmJ4&vq=small#t=65] Last night I went to a new synagogue for Kol Nidre services, alone.  Despite being in another large congregation of Jews so technically I wasn’t alone, I felt incredibly by myself.  A sweet, older lesbian couple sat down next to me and introduced themselves.  Did I look gay?  or was it that I was […]


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