Rosh Hashanah nears Torah tells us we will stray But we can return Moses warns the people that future generations will suffer punishment "because they have forsaken the covenant" (Deuteronomy 29:24). But he assures them that "you shall call [the blessing and the curse] to mind ... and shall return to Adonai your God." (Deuteronomy 30:1-2) Similarly, as the High Holy Days are upon us, we consider how we have strayed from the covenant during the past year. Beginning with S'lichot this weekend, we will recall what God has commanded - how we should handle our relationship with... Read More
Last month, I received this "Voice Use Update" email message from my cell phone company:
So far you've used 100% of your 450.0 voice minutes for the billing period ending on 08/27/2014. But with Rollover®, there's no need to worry. Your current balance including Rollover® is 1984.0 minutes. If all the minutes are used before the next billing period and are not covered by calling features such as Rollover®, Night & Weekends, or Mobile to Mobile, you will be billed at the overage rate associated with your plan.
The email was a first for me, and it boggles my mind that I...Read More
At this time of year, many in the Jewish community have a heightened awareness of matters of forgiveness and redemption. With the High Holidays approaching, we are mindful of the need for teshuvah (repentance), and we do our best to turn away from past sinfulness. Jews around the world are contemplating their sins and making the effort to set things right. For many of us, this means asking for forgiveness and mending broken relationships. It is through this lens that I view the Ray Rice saga.
As details and timelines emerged, the NFL's response was as half-baked as it was...Read More
A new year is a time to reflect, a time to repair, and a time to renew.
Judaism teaches us, as the Psalmist says, to “number our days,” to make each day count. When a new year begins, we don’t simply celebrate the passage of time, as though the old year is something to be cast off. The moment of transition is an opportunity to reflect on how we have used our time, and whether we have followed the Psalmist’s urging to attain “a heart of wisdom” (Ps. 90).
The start of a new year, according to Judaism, is...Read More
Last year, my rabbis asked me to give a speech on Yom Kippur afternoon about creating a day of ultimate tranquility on the "Sabbath of Sabbaths." I expressed my feeling to the congregation that the irony was not lost on me that I, the food writer, was speaking on a day of fast. The congregation laughed, and I went on to promise them that I would not make them hungry… at least not for food. Memory was my stimulant.
My talk was centered more on...Read More
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