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What is a Hanukkah Seder? A Seder, think Passover Seder, is a ritually ordered feast that features symbolic foods, dramatic rituals, sensory stimulation, and a collection of provocative texts that engenders questions, conversation, and insight. Judaism features not only the Passover Seder, but other Sedarim (plural) that create rich spiritual ...continue reading "What is a Hanukkah Seder?"

Each night of Hanukkah I am posing a question for discussion, Each of these questions is included in an original Hanukkah Seder I composed in collaboration with the chef, Emily Moore . We will be doing the Hanukkah Seder on Friday night, December 7, 2018 at the WeWork Center in ...continue reading "A Question for the Second Day of Hanukkah and Update on Our Fall Subscription Drive"

Yom Kippur comes at the end of a spiritual pilgrimage that begins at Rosh Hashanah and some say much earlier in the summer. That pilgrimage, if we choose to walk its path is about Teshuvah-about changing, turning, transforming. Teshuvah for the most part is acted out with other human beings. We ...continue reading "Walking the Spiritual Pilgrimage of This Season"

A source in the Mishnah, one of the most important rabbinic texts in Jewish tradition, sees the major Jewish festivals as times when our fate hangs in the balance. Mishnah Rosh Hashanah 1:2 At four times the world is judged: On Pesach, for the crops. On Shavuot, for the fruits ...continue reading "At Four Times the World is Judged-A Message for the Days of Awe"

  A Blog Post Rabbi Dov Gartenberg for the New Faces Blog Completed on Friday, October 28, 2016/26 Tishrei, 5777 I love the festival for Sukkot for many reasons. I love the strangeness of building a temporary structure. I love the often-amusing annual effort to procure the Sechach-the cutoff branches ...continue reading "Sukkot, Hospitality, and the Strangeness of the End of the Holidays"

The tag I will be wearing during Yom Kippur prayers   Silence on Yom Kippur This Yom Kippur I will have the rare opportunity to be a regular worshipper for the entire holy day from Kol Nidre to Ne’ilah.  Since 1978 I have been a  regular worshipper on Yom Kippur ...continue reading "In Silence on Yom Kippur"