Repenting For My Social Media Sins

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This is a very personal post, that in no way reflects how PunkTorah or any of its websites has been ran. There is some debate about whether or not our sins should be publicly accounted for on Yom Kippur. We sing Ashamnu and Al Chet on Yom Kippur as a kind of catch-all for sins […]

Has Anyone Seen My Kavanah?

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Okay, here’s the thing: while I typically possess the organizational skills of an ant with OCD, over this past year my every attempt at organization has been confounded. I believe that this is due, in large part, to my lifestyle becoming increasingly nomadic; and my resistance to this. In an effort to both conserve space […]

Book Reviews: Even Higher, When The Chickens Went On Strike, and Tashlich At Turtle Rock

Even-Higher

Even Higher: A Rosh Hashanah Story adapted by Eric Kimmel and illustrated by Jill Weber is a wonderful story to read aloud to children about a Rabbi who is thought to go “even higher” just before Rosh Hashanah. Every year just before Rosh Hashanah Rabbi Nemirov disappears. He’s not at home, or in the synagogue […]

Online High Holidays Services at OneShul.org

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OneShul’s third annual High Holidays services are an amazing way to reflect, refresh, and reconnect in the Jewish New Year, without ever having to leave your home or office. All events are 100% FREE. Just go to OneShul.org for the event. Be sure to “sign in” to the chat to talk with prayer leaders and […]

Tisha b’Av, A Holy Day of Sadness

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Tish b’Av, a holy day of sadness, commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples, a day when we read the Book of Lamentations and on which many fast. Is there any benefit to living in the past, focusing on tragedy? Or can we perhaps learn a lesson from tragedy? Rabbi Michael Bernstein of […]