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Community Blog Our Response to Climate Change: A Word for Neilah

The Rabbis fixed the Book of Jonah as the last scriptural reading for the High H...

Holidays Hypocrisy, Boundaries, and the Mitzvah of Part-time Piety

The Days of Repentance Years ago, while walking back to my college dorm room fro...

Leviticus The Weight of Our Wrongs

Yom Kippur (Leviticus 16:1-34; 18:1-30) Yom Kippur is the single most significan...

Leviticus The Weight of Our Wrongs

Yom Kippur (Leviticus 16:1-34; 18:1-30) Yom Kippur is the single most significan...

Deuteronomy Creating Worlds with Our Words: Shabbat Shuva/Parshat Vayelech (Deteronomy 31:1-31:30)

“Every day, consciously and unconsciously, human beings scatter heaps of words...

Pluralistic Perspectives 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 h...