Monthly Archives: September 2010

Day 40: The Secret of Happiness

Today is one of the happiest days of the year. I know this is an odd characterization for a fast day. Most of us would describe Yom Kippur as a sad or solemn day filled with prayers and petitions for … Continue reading

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Day 39: Long Distance Blessing

Last night, I spoke to my daughter, Sara Malka, who is studying in Israel for the year. On the eve of Yom Kippur, I offered her a blessing. Yesterday, I shared my first long distance blessing. Sara Malka told me … Continue reading

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Day 38: White Ribbons

On the eve of Yom Kippur, I would like to share one of my favorite stories. The narrative encapsulates the spirit of the day and our anticipation for forgiveness. The story is recorded in a little book, The Language of … Continue reading

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Day 37: Your Two Names

One of the most haunting passages in the liturgy that we read on Rosh Hashana as well as Yom Kippur is the prayer, Unesaneh Tokef the holy prayer composed by Rabbi Ammon of Mainz. We read: Let us relate the … Continue reading

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Day 36: Mission Possible

Most people know that the first man to break the four minute mile was Rodger Bannister. However, before he broke the record, physiologists and doctors believed it was impossible for a human to break the barrier. An amazing this happened. … Continue reading

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