Tag Archive: teshuvah

Oct 05 2016

Three Aspects of Forgiveness

WHY IS FORGIVENESS SO HARD? In Sue Monk Kidd’s fabulous book, The Secret Life of Bees. The author writes that, “If God said in plain language, ‘I’m giving you a choice, forgive or die,’ a lot of people would go ahead and order their coffin.” We cling to our woundedness and declare our hurt. It …

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Sep 24 2015

High Holiday Reflections- 5776

    Erev Rosh HaShanah- The story of the Jewish people begins with God saying to Abraham, “Lech Lecha – Go forth.” Abraham and Sarah pack up their life and their family and go, having no idea where their journey will lead them. Beginnings are exciting and frightening, especially when we don’t know where we’re …

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Oct 05 2014

High Holiday Reflections- 5775

    Erev RH-   The Talmud teaches, “Great is repentance, for on account of a single person who repents, the sins of all the world are forgiven.” (Yoma 86b) It is outrageous to suggest that one individual could save the world simply by reflecting upon his or her deeds, making amends and apologies and …

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Sep 22 2014

The Sound of the Shofar

Reflections on the sounding of the shofar at Selichot services-   Throughout the month of Elul we sound the shofar each morning, awakening our souls to the need for teshuvah, for reflection and repentance, and the need for reconciliation in all our relationships. Now, at the time of Selichot, our efforts take on a new …

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Sep 13 2013

Reflections on the Yamim Noraim- Temple Chai Spiritual Leaders

    Erev Rosh HaShanah– Rabbi Mari Chernow  S. Y. Agnon tells the story[1] of a young man who became estranged from his father, the king. The son left his father’s palace and wandered from village to village and from city to city. His clothes became tattered and torn. His face changed so that he …

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Sep 01 2013

Entering the Yamim Noraim

Forgiveness means so many different things to each of us. However we understand forgiveness, however we approach forgiveness, it is never easy. In fact, for most of us it is the greatest spiritual struggle of our lives. Sue Monk Kidd expressed it this way- “If God said in plain language, ‘I’m giving you a choice, …

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