Tag Archive: yom kippur

All we are saying is give peace a chance

“Lo Yisa Goy El Goy Cherev Lo Yil Milmadu Od Milchama”: Nation shall not lift up sword against Nation- neither shall they learn war anymore. We pray that the upcoming year 5775 be peace, serenity, and loving kindness, even among those with different belief systems. These dates reflect some of the most horrendous and destructive …

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Being Relevant is Being Alive


I’m not sure when it happened, but somehow we all transitioned from carefree summer days into the solemnity of the High Holiday Season. There we were, perfecting our backstroke and barbecuing, when suddenly we became dizzied with school supplies and the search for a fish head. Very soon, we will be standing next to our …

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To Enter the Heart of the King


Only hours remain until we usher in Purim, the happiest day of the year! As we tie up the loose ends of our mishloach manos (beautifully wrapped gifts of food for our friends) and put finishing touches on our children’s costumes, we are hoping that those around us get the most out of this holiday. …

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Esther, the Orphan Queen who saved a people

Achashverosh and Haman at the Feast of Esther, Rembrandt (1660)

As we approach the joyous holiday of Purim, celebrated this year from the evening of March 7th-8th, I have been reflecting on the holiday as my first year celebrating it with Lev LaLev. And I noticed something about the holiday story that before seemed like just a small footnote to me. … The story of …

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Teshuvah, Tefillah u’Tzedakah maavirin es ro’a hagezeiroh – Repentance, Prayer and Charity remove the evil of the decree!

The High Holidays are fast approaching and we wanted to take this opportunity to give back. We want you, our family, and all of your loved ones, to be signed and sealed for an exceptional year. As we say in the Holiday prayers, “repentance, prayer and charity” avert evil and bring the good. The Hebrew terms …

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