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How Awesome is This Place!

Genesis 28:16-18...

Mishkan HaNefesh: Closing the Gates

This poem captures the urgency of the final moments of Yom Kippur....

Have Mercy Upon Me

Psalm 51:3-6, 17-19...

Adonai Alone is God!

1 Kings 18:39...

Laying the Earth’s Foundations

Job 38:4-13...

Mishkan HaNefesh: Finding Your Space

With this text, we connect with generations before us who have found d...

Praise God!

Psalm 150...

Mishkan HaNefesh: Forgiveness

We yearn to be better, to walk through this world in accordance with t...

“Why are You Here?” Asks the Still Small Voice

1 Kings 19:11-13...

Mishkan HaNefesh: Setting Intentions

This interpretation of the Hineni prayer is recited by the individual ...

Judgement and Mercy

Ramban’s Commentary on Psalm 47:6...

Who Am I?

Exodus 3:11-12...

Majestic God, Today Enthroned המלך יושב על כסא

This text focuses on a small but meaningful High Holy Day...

Mishkan HaNefesh: Praise

What constitutes a miracle?...

Mishkan HaNefesh: Shofar

This poem celebrates the sound of the shofar, placing the moment in ou...

N’ilah Sh’ma

At the very end of Yom Kippur comes the N’ilah service. We imagine s...

Achat Sha’alti

We begin with a niggun, a wordless melody, grounding us and preparing ...

Mishkan HaNefesh: Vulnerability

This year of all years, we are acutely aware that we are vulnerable....

The Human Condition

Reflection from Rabbi Jen Gubitz on the words of Unataneh Tokef....

The Beauty of a Niggun

Reflection from Cantor Alicia Stillman on the prayer Achat Sha’alti....

Your Soul’s Alarm Clock

Reflection from Rabbinic Intern Andrew Oberstein on the sound of the S...

Metaphors for God

Reflection from Rabbinic Intern Andrew Oberstein on the words of Avinu...

Accepting Responsibility, Together

Reflection from Rabbi Dan Slipakoff on the prayer Ashamnu....

Ashamnu

At the core of our Yom Kippur experience is the vidui, or confession....

Avinu Malkeinu

Judaism’s understanding of God is multitudinous, with infinite metap...

Bar’chu

Before we begin to praise, we check in with ourselves: Am I awake? Am ...

Kol Nidre

Every year, we set our intentions for how we want to behave. We make p...

Shofar Blast

There is nothing like the blast of a shofar. It is a primal call, an a...

Untaneh Tokef

Untaneh Tokef is perhaps the most haunting piece of Jewish liturgy....

Returning to Our Best Selves

Reflection from Rabbi Suzie Jacobson on the music of Kol Nidre....

Grabbing Hold of the Open Hand

Reflection from Rabbi Dan Slipakoff on Neila and the final moments of ...

A Gorge in the Mountains (Kauterskill Clove)

Year: 1862 Artist: Sanford Robinson Gifford...

Why We Give Praise

Reflection from Rabbi Elaine Zecher on the goodness of giving praise. ...

Twilight on the Sound, Darien, Connecticut

Year: 1872
Artist: John Frederick Kensett ...

The Return of Joseph

Year: 1720-70
Artist: John Michael Rysbrack ...

Queen Esther Approaching the Palace of Ahasuerus

Year: 1658
Artist: Claude Lorrain...

Landscape with Stars

Year: 1905-1908
Artist: Henri-Edmond Cross (Henri-Edmond Delacroix...

The Writing Master

Year: 1882
Artist: Thomas Eakins ...

Head of a Ram

Year: ca. 3500-3100 BCE
Artist: Unknown...

Hagar in the Wilderness

Year: 1835
Artist: Camille Corot...

Teshuva: Turning and Return

Poem written by Ann Bookman, used with permission from Points of Attac...

From Generation to Generation

Poem written by Ann Bookman, used with permission from Points of Attac...

Perennial

Poem written by Ann Bookman, used with permission from Points of Attac...

The Shimmering

Poem written by Ann Bookman, used with permission from Points of Attac...

Hiking the Mountains of Moab

Poem written by Ann Bookman, used with permission from Blood Lines (Fo...

Visitation

Poem written by Ann Bookman, used with permission from Blood Lines (Fo...

Hymn To Be Sung At Astronomical Twilight

Poem written by Ann Bookman, used with permission from Blood Lines (Fo...

Closing the Loop on the Year

"Closing the Loop of the Year," first published in The Hudson Review, ...

A Cricket Has Been Calling

"A Cricket Has Been Calling," first published in Common Ground, Poem w...

Light R48 on the Storrow Drive Underpass

"Light R48 on the Storrow Drive Underpass," first published in Cider P...

Hydrangeas

"Hydrangeas," first published in Before There Was Before (Iris Press, ...

Beetle

Poem written by Wendy Drexler, used with permission from the author ...

All the Hours the Night Has Left

Poem written by Wendy Drexler, used with permission from the author...

Telescope on Brooklyn Sidewalk

"Telescope on Brooklyn Sidewalk," first published in The Atlanta Revie...

The Wind Will Dance With Me

Poem written by Wendy Drexler, used with permission from the author...

Yes to the Way the Grass

"Yes to the Way the Grass," first published in Solstice: A Magazine of...

Speaking Truth to Power

Rosh Hashanah Morning Torah Reading, Genesis 18:16-28...

The Story of Hannah

Rosh Hashanah Haftarah Reading, 1 Samuel 1:1 - 2:10...

The Story of Isaiah

Yom Kippur Morning Haftarah Reading, Isaiah 57:14 - 58:14...

The Story of Jonah

Yom Kippur Afternoon Haftarah Reading, the Book of Jonah...

Kedoshim

Yom Kippur Afternoon Torah Reading, Leviticus 19:1-4, 9-18, 32-37...

Nitzavim

Yom Kippur Morning Torah Reading, Deuteronomy 29:9-14 and Deuteronomy ...

Grace

Poem written by Ellen Steinbaum, used with permission from the author...

Here is the question

Poem written by Ellen Steinbaum, used with permission from the author ...

A Small Prayer of Healing

Poem written by Ellen Steinbaum, used with permission from This Next T...

The Sacrament of Soup

Poem written by Ellen Steinbaum, used with permission from the author...

Sometimes in September

Poem written by Ellen Steinbaum, used with permission from the author...

Ever Since

Poem written by Ellen Steinbaum, used with permission from the author...

What the skin hungers for

Poem written by Ellen Steinbaum, used with permission from the author ...

Prayer

Poem written by Em Meuller, used with permission from the author...

What We Call Weeds

Poem written by Em Meuller, used with permission from the author...

Gathering of Geese

Poem written by Em Meuller, used with permission from the author...

In Week’s Field

Poem written by Em Meuller, used with permission from the author...

Jacob’s Ladder

Poem written by Em Meuller, used with permission from the author...

Bathing: The Mikvah

Poem written by Em Meuller, used with permission from the author...

Reclaiming Sin

Poem written by Em Meuller, used with permission from the author...

How We Get By

Poem written by Em Meuller, used with permission from the author...
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