September 9, 2013 archive

Kaddish D’Rabbanan- Honoring Our Teachers

After we study a text, it is customary to say the Kaddish D’Rabbanan- the Rabbi’s or Teacher’s kaddish- probably the least known among the variations on the kaddish prayer.  It is a special favorite because it combines two of Judaism’s highest values- learning and gratitude.  In the Kaddish D’Rabbanan, we offer a prayer on behalf …

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Unetaneh Tokef and the Pope

What do you know about St. Francis of Assisi, and what does he have to do with the Unetaneh Tokef prayer? One of the best news stories of this past year, as far as I’m concerned, was the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina as the new Catholic pope. The Cardinal is the first …

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