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Yom Kippur 5763 - September 15, 2002

Life Vs. Terror: a 9/11 Anthology
A year should give us perspective. 365 days to cart off the debris, get our bearings, and take the first small step on the path toward understanding. Of course, none of that has occurred
When Heaven is Evil

You can have two religions or five or fifty and it's okay. Pray on a carpet, on your knees, standing up. Whatever. But when it comes to morality there is only one G-d
Story
The Cantonists' Minyan

The few who survived were so emotionally and psychologically destroyed that they were never able to live normal lives. They lived together in little villages, apart from the rest of the world
Voicemail

You will hear one long note, three short beeps, nine shorter beeps, and a long note. If you feel you reached us in error, this is the right place, for to err is human and to forgive is divine . . .
Parshah
Yom Kippur Torah Readings in a Nutshell
The "annual singularity" (achat bashanah) brought together the holiest day of the year, the loftiest soul on earth, and the holiest place in the universe
The Four Meanings of Sin

What is sin? The Midrash records a “panel discussion” featuring a philosopher, a prophet, the Torah and G-d.
"And to the Jews was light, happiness, joy and prestige" (Esther 8:16). "Light" is Torah, "happiness" are the festivals, "joy" is circumcision and "prestige" is tefillin
— Talmud, Megillah 16b
Print Magazine

A sukkah is an embrace. You sit inside and G‑d is hugging you. All of you, from head to toe.

Whatever you do inside your sukkah—sip a beer, chat with a friend, answer your e‑mail, or just sleep soundly—all is transformed into a mitzvah, a secure and timeless connection with the Infinite.

And then, when you leave the...