high holy days

Refuat HaNefesh, Sermon for Rosh Hashana 5775

September 29, 2014 // 1 Comment

A Sermon by Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor Vice President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism Congregation Shirat HaYam, Nantucket “…I have set before you life or [...]

Holiday Food, Jewish Style

August 21, 2012 // 0 Comments

As the High Holidays approach, and we reflect upon the year past, we are in touch with the essence of our deeds, the essence of one’s soul and the essence of our [...]

Rituals of Transition

November 7, 2011 // 1 Comment

The High Holidays are over and the year has begun–in earnest. The pace of life has returned and “routine” has ben re-established. Yet, for most of us the [...]

God’s Eternal Question

October 7, 2011 // 0 Comments

With the ending of Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur, the Jewish calendar focuses on the first of our three Festivals, Sukkot. The symbol of the fragile dwelling place, the [...]

The call of the month of Elul

September 1, 2011 // 0 Comments

Shalom. This month is a special one within the Jewish calendar. Elul begins. This is the last month of the Jewish year and in it, we are asked to slowly prepare our souls for [...]

Coping with Loss….A Yom Kippur Thought Piece

September 29, 2010 // 0 Comments

Rabbi Geri Newburge, Associate Rabbi, Temple Emanuel, Cherry Hill, NJ Adam, the first human, was created on the 6th day.  The sun shone for him throughout the entire first [...]

Reflections on Aging- The High Holy Days

August 28, 2010 // 0 Comments

Once again I am floored by how close the High Holy Days are. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to me as I have been working to line up Torah and Haftarah readers and many [...]