26 07, 2015

High Holidays without God

By |2015-07-26T07:25:36-07:00July 26th, 2015|Book Reviews, Thoughts|

                                                                                                                              High Holidays without God   “The Days Between” by Dr. Marcia Falk is thought provoking even if one disagrees with what the author writes. She presents an inward, contemplative approach to the High Holiday services. Her versions of the principle traditional holiday prayers omit all references to God, and offer a non-patriarchal [...]

13 09, 2013

An important holiday prayer

By |2013-09-13T01:09:06-07:00September 13th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                                                              By Israel Drazin   Let’s examine one High Holiday prayer: Unetaneh Tokef. Rabbis and Jews frequently invented stories to help people understand the meaning of some prayers. Rather than analyzing the depth of prayers, which could alienate people who do not want to undertake this exercise and frustrate others who would not be [...]

21 10, 2011

The truth about Judaism’s famous “prayer”

By |2011-10-21T03:44:25-07:00October 21st, 2011|Book Reviews|

All These Vows Edited by Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman Jewish Lights Publishing, 2011, 264 pages   Remarkably, very few people understand the content, purpose, and history of what many consider Judaism’s most important prayer, a recitation embroiled in controversy, a legal document that the rabbis tried to expunge from the high holiday Day of Atonement [...]