Ritual Committee Update

Ritual Committee Update

Karen Lipshires and Stephanie Karakantas, Ritual Committee Chairs: Our  new Yom Kippur prayer book says “A congregation, by definition must include diverse individuals with a range of ideas, feelings, and practices. Moreover, the richest experience comes when all of us bring our full selves into the community—not only our pious thoughts and positive feelings, but the full range of our selves and our emotions, including skepticism, and anger” (Mishkan HaNefesh: Machzor for the Days of Awe, Yom Kippur, p. xvii). (more…)...
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Sin, Atonement, and Forgiveness: Kol Nidre 5777 Sermon

Sin, Atonement, and Forgiveness: Kol Nidre 5777 Sermon

Rabbi Robin S. Sparr: Gutt yontif. Last year in this slot, I talked about forgiveness, and how difficult it can be to forgive in a genuine and healing way. This year, I’d like to take a step back, look before forgiveness, and to focus instead on the idea of SIN. What is a sin? What does the word really mean? The dictionary defines sin as “an offense against God, religion, or good morals.” But somehow, the word “sin” makes many of us uncomfortable. We may bristle, or cower, at the word “sin.” It feels like an old fashioned word, a descriptor for truly...
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