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(Everyone Trusts) God Is Good To The Wicked (Machzor)

The liturgical poem or piyyut, V’chol Ma’aminim follows in the High Holiday Machzor the Unetaneh Tokef, the liturgical paean to human uncertainty and exposure and to the sovereign power of God. What appears on the surface to be a simple, … Continue reading

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(1948) Reconstructionist Machzor (Holocaust & Zionism)

This 1948 Machzor is a neat little time capsule. Of particular interest is the names of authors and translators in the back of the text. Included below are the authors and translators to the Yom Kippur section (vol.2). Also in … Continue reading

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Genesis High Sublime English Bourgeois Dudgeon (Hertz Commentary)

At Ansche Chesed the old Hertz edition of Pentateuch & Haftorah sits off neglected in the row of pews to the right and to the left of the two large rows of pews occupying the center column of the sanctuary. There, … Continue reading

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A Yom Kippur Primer (Liturgical Highlights)

A dear friend and close colleague of some twenty years in the Department of Religion, not Jewish, asked about Yom Kippur. Just what is Yom Kippur and what exactly does one do all day, assuming of course that one is … Continue reading

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(Radical) Muhammad Ali (Funeral)

Listening to the funeral of Muhammad Ali on NPR. Demonstrating something about the power of liturgy, the spirit is personal, religious, and political. Is this a watershed event?  Personal memories about courage and compassion collide with histories –Jim Crow and … Continue reading

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