Yom Kippur

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We Accomplish So Much Together

By Jeff Finkelstein / Friday, September 30, 2022

Judaism recognizes the power and necessity of the collective.

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Yom Kippur

“…and on Yom Kippur it is Sealed”

By Jeff Finkelstein / Friday, October 4, 2019

When we all recited the prayer of Unetaneh Tokef last year at the beginning of 5779, none of us knew what would happen on October 27, 2018.

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Shabbat Shalom

By Jeff Finkelstein / Friday, September 25, 2015

While sitting in my synagogue during Yom Kippur services, I reread the “Al Cheyt” prayer in English. As you probably know, during this prayer we ask for forgiveness for the transgressions WE have made. They are recited in the plural, not the singular. It is done so because we are a community apologizing for our […]

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Break Your Fast and Bridge the Future

By Jeff Finkelstein / Friday, September 18, 2015

On Wednesday we fast for Yom Kippur.  On Thursday at our Annual Meeting, our Federation will celebrate accomplishments for the past year and look towards the challenges we hope to conquer in the coming year.  And the only comparison I’ll draw between the two is that, in a sense, Yom Kippur is the Annual meeting […]

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Thinking about the New Year, Remembering 9/11, on this Shabbat

By Jeff Finkelstein / Friday, September 11, 2015

9/11, Shabbat and Rosh Hashana are all smooshed together in my mind. I’m thinking about the New Year with new possibilities.  The apples and honey and my wife’s honey cake will all be devoured starting on Sunday night in the expectation of a sweet year.  But today, hours before the restfulness of Shabbat settles in, […]

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