Archive for the Yakach יָכַח Category

Why We Need to Disagree (at least occasionally)

I’ve been thinking a lot about disagreements recently. I’m no saint. I’ve participated in all kinds of arguments lately regarding folks I disagree with. I’ve disagreed with a Massachusetts elementary school librarian who took exception to the First Lady donating Dr. Seuss books to her school. I’ve […]

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The Temporal and the Eternal

During Sukkot there is a custom within the Jewish community to read the book of Ecclesiastes, also known as (and henceforth in this article) “Kohelet.” The themes of life and our interaction with material pleasure presented by Kohelet seem out of place for the joyous holiday of […]

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Kol Nidrei: Tensions and Paradoxes of Yom Kippur

Kol Nidrei: Tensions and Paradoxes of Yom Kippur

“All vows, obligations, oaths, and anathemas, whether called ‘ḳonam,’ ‘ḳonas,’ or by any other name, which we may vow, or swear, or pledge, or whereby we may be bound, from this Day of Atonement until the next (whose happy coming we await), we do repent. May they […]

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