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Together As One

Together As One

October 29, 20170 Comments

His face changed. It happened just after he stepped on the stage. Dressed in a black robe and a white Sufi cap, he walked slowly from the left wing of the stage and stopped. Slowly, he removed his black robe and gently folded it to the ground. He stepped forward, now fully dressed in white […]

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The Gates of Heaven Trembled

The Gates of Heaven Trembled

September 30, 20170 Comments

Picture this: We are in the final moments of Yom Kippur. I am standing in front of the open ark, which is brightly lit, and the Torahs are dressed in white, as is the congregation. The sun is almost setting. I am singing about the Gates of Heaven closing, imploring the Holy Blessing One to […]

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The Power of Our Voices

The Power of Our Voices

September 19, 20170 Comments

The room is tiny and clinical, the beautiful view of living trees seen from the window belie the end of life that is occurring in this room. My voice rises with the plaintive sound of Kol Nidre, sung only for the 99-year-old woman in this hospital room who has asked to hear it one more […]

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Prayer Reflection

Prayer Reflection

October 7, 20142 Comments

I stood at the lectern facing the ark, right under the skylight with the sun shining down on me. The congregation sat behind me. I had not come here expecting to sing aloud. I was at the beginning of a leave of absence from my pulpit, grateful for my courage in taking that healing time […]

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