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A Cricket Has Been Calling

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

The Story of Isaiah

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

Mishkan HaNefesh: Vulnerability

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

Nitzavim

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

Have Mercy Upon Me

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

N’ilah Sh’ma

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

Perennial

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

In Week’s Field

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

The Shimmering

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

Hagar in the Wilderness

Year: 1835
Artist: Camille Corot...

Mishkan HaNefesh: Finding Your Space

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

Grabbing Hold of the Open Hand

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

Head of a Ram

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

Untaneh Tokef

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

Grace

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

How We Get By

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

The Beauty of a Niggun

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

The Writing Master

Year: 1882
Artist: Thomas Eakins ...

What the skin hungers for

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

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...

Mishkan HaNefesh: Shofar

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

Majestic God, Today Enthroned המלך יושב על כסא

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

Accepting Responsibility, Together

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

Twilight on the Sound, Darien, Connecticut

Year: 1872
Artist: John Frederick Kensett ...

Bathing: The Mikvah

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

Hydrangeas

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

Why We Give Praise

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

Laying the Earth’s Foundations

Job 38:4-13...

Who Am I?

Exodus 3:11-12...

Adonai Alone is God!

1 Kings 18:39...

Kedoshim

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

Returning to Our Best Selves

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

Bar’chu

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

Mishkan HaNefesh: Praise

What constitutes a miracle?...

Kol Nidre

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

The Return of Joseph

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

The Story of Hannah

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

All the Hours the Night Has Left

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

Hiking the Mountains of Moab

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

Mishkan HaNefesh: Closing the Gates

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

Beetle

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

The Human Condition

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

Closing the Loop on the Year

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

Ever Since

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

Jacob’s Ladder

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

Ashamnu

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

The Wind Will Dance With Me

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

Mishkan HaNefesh: Forgiveness

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

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...

A Small Prayer of Healing

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

Achat Sha’alti

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

Gathering of Geese

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

How Awesome is This Place!

Genesis 28:16-18...

Light R48 on the Storrow Drive Underpass

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

Prayer

Poem written by Em Meuller, 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...

Your Soul’s Alarm Clock

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

Speaking Truth to Power

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

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...

What We Call Weeds

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

A Gorge in the Mountains (Kauterskill Clove)

Year: 1862 Artist: Sanford Robinson Gifford...

From Generation to Generation

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

Telescope on Brooklyn Sidewalk

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

Hymn To Be Sung At Astronomical Twilight

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

Reclaiming Sin

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

Avinu Malkeinu

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

Visitation

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

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

1 Kings 19:11-13...

Here is the question

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

Praise God!

Psalm 150...

Shofar Blast

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

Metaphors for God

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

The Story of Jonah

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

Landscape with Stars

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