Speaking Out: Dr. Elliott Malamet

High Holiday Synagogue Blues

September 21, 2011 By: Dr. Elliott Malamet
Rosh Hashanah, Day of Judgment, Book of Life and Death, flocks of sheep passing before the Creator. But the kids are saying, "Do we really have to go to synagogue? To sit for hours and be bored? To watch the parade of new fashions? To mumble prayers that we don't understand? What for?" Parent shuffles the deck and responds, "You have to go to shul. That's what all Jews do on Rosh Hashanah. It's our tradition." On the surface there seems to...
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We Are All Falling

September 15, 2011 By: Dr. Elliott Malamet
Our lives do not follow a straight line. They turn and then turn again. This re-turn (known in Jewish tradition as teshuvah, also translated as repentance) plays out ritually and halakhically in Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.   The two holidays, so close together in the calendar, are quite different in temperament and symbolism. Rosh Hashana celebrates beginnings. In the words of the liturgy...
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