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How Awesome is This Place!

Genesis 28:16-18...

Returning to Our Best Selves

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

Avinu Malkeinu

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

The Story of Jonah

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

The Beauty of a Niggun

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

Jacob’s Ladder

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...

The Return of Joseph

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

Judgement and Mercy

Ramban’s Commentary on Psalm 47:6...

Majestic God, Today Enthroned המלך יושב על כסא

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

The Story of Isaiah

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

Mishkan HaNefesh: Closing the Gates

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

Bar’chu

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

Why We Give Praise

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

A Gorge in the Mountains (Kauterskill Clove)

Year: 1862 Artist: Sanford Robinson Gifford...

The Writing Master

Year: 1882
Artist: Thomas Eakins ...

Grace

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

Shofar Blast

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

Grabbing Hold of the Open Hand

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

Hagar in the Wilderness

Year: 1835
Artist: Camille Corot...

Hiking the Mountains of Moab

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

Laying the Earth’s Foundations

Job 38:4-13...

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

1 Kings 19:11-13...

Achat Sha’alti

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

What the skin hungers for

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

Twilight on the Sound, Darien, Connecticut

Year: 1872
Artist: John Frederick Kensett ...

Mishkan HaNefesh: Shofar

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

Mishkan HaNefesh: Setting Intentions

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

Teshuva: Turning and Return

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

Queen Esther Approaching the Palace of Ahasuerus

Year: 1658
Artist: Claude Lorrain...

Closing the Loop on the Year

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

The Sacrament of Soup

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

In Week’s Field

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

A Small Prayer of Healing

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

Nitzavim

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

Reclaiming Sin

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

Visitation

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

Who Am I?

Exodus 3:11-12...

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...

Prayer

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

Mishkan HaNefesh: Praise

What constitutes a miracle?...

The Shimmering

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

All the Hours the Night Has Left

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

Here is the question

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

Your Soul’s Alarm Clock

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

Light R48 on the Storrow Drive Underpass

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

N’ilah Sh’ma

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

Landscape with Stars

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

Kedoshim

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

Yes to the Way the Grass

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

Hydrangeas

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

Kol Nidre

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

Beetle

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...

Mishkan HaNefesh: Vulnerability

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

How We Get By

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

A Cricket Has Been Calling

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

Hymn To Be Sung At Astronomical Twilight

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

Adonai Alone is God!

1 Kings 18:39...

Praise God!

Psalm 150...

Accepting Responsibility, Together

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

Sometimes in September

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

The Human Condition

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

Perennial

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

Mishkan HaNefesh: Finding Your Space

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

Metaphors for God

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

Bathing: The Mikvah

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

Untaneh Tokef

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

What We Call Weeds

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

Head of a Ram

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

Have Mercy Upon Me

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

Ashamnu

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

Ever Since

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

Mishkan HaNefesh: Forgiveness

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

From Generation to Generation

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

The Wind Will Dance With Me

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