Tag Archives: High Holy Days


Wake Up to a New Year: A Yom Kippur Reflection

The shofar blasts on Rosh Hashanah are designed to wake us up. How do we avoid hitting the snooze button, rolling over, and going back to sleep once the holiday passes? That is the goal of Yom Kippur – to keep us spiritually awake. In the days of the ancient Temple in Jerusalem, Yom Kippur was primarily a day focused on ritual purity. While ritual purity and impurity may not… Read Article →


Planting Seeds in Time

Rosh Hashanah is the head of the year:  thus, we are now in what a friend of mine calls Tush Hashanah.  It is a time for looking both forward and back, much like January, named after the two-faced Roman god Janus who decrees that we spend the first few weeks of the secular year writing the wrong date on our checks. We mused over questions of time and its nature… Read Article →


Partnering on the Pulpit

For me, it was a first. Never before did I have the opportunity, as president of Hebrew College, to partner with an alumnus on a synagogue pulpit. On Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, I served as a Ba’al Tefila, a leader of synagogue prayers, at Temple Reyim in Newton. Rabbi Daniel Berman, a 2010 graduate of the Hebrew College Rabbinical School, was appointed the new rabbi at Temple Reyim just… Read Article →

Community Blog A High Holy Days Reflection on Teaching

A High Holy Days Reflection on Teaching

I think a lot of people who come to Jewish Studies from the outside underestimate the nature of the commitment demanded by the field. Myself, I knew from the beginning that I wanted to teach. I still do. But my ideas about teaching in general, and Jewish Studies in particular, have changed. A lot of us remember our college experiences and say to ourselves, “that is what teaching would be… Read Article →

Community Blog Out of Time 5774 Is Coming

Out of Time: 5774 Is Coming

Cool nights, green apples, blazing foliage and playoff baseball; fall is one of New England’s special treasures There’s no place I’d rather be from, and there’s no place I’d rather be living. I’m a Bostonian through-and-through, and I love to celebrate our four-season climate. But fall, for my money, is the best. As Jewish New Englanders, we have a something that really ratchets up the value of fall — the… Read Article →


A Tale of Two Countries

I was privileged to lead the High Holy Day services again this year at the Oxford Jewish Community in Great Britain. The OJC is unique in Europe in having a single community with multiple “minyanim,” including a regular Orthodox, Masorti and Liberal Jewish service on Shabbat and Hagim. The community incorporates members from “town and gown” as well as students studying at the various Oxford colleges. A modern synagogue building… Read Article →