A Song Every Day

Thoughts on Torah, prayer and Jewish miscellany

Heart strings and the holiday cycle

“When the last rose of summer pricks my finger…” Early in the holidays, I shared a message I’d found stenciled on the sidewalk, suggesting that maybe, when one’s heart is … Continue reading

September 27, 2015 · 3 Comments

Broken-Heartedness and the Days of Awe

One common, powerful theme of the high holidays is the idea of the broken heart. This is encapsulated prominently in the blowing of the shofar, with its shevarim [shattered] call. … Continue reading

September 18, 2015 · 3 Comments

To open, moving “days between”

In her The Days Between, Marcia Falk writes of the “We cast into the depths” declaration of Tashlikh, the Rosh Hashana afternoon ritual of symbolic sin/crumb/twig tossing: “We seek in … Continue reading

September 13, 2015 · 2 Comments

Psalms and Their Superpowers

In recent months, the need for deeper prayer – just to cope with events – has become more urgent for me and, I suspect, for others as well. It seems … Continue reading

September 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

Why doesn’t she drink?

כְּאַיָּל, תַּעֲרֹג עַל-אֲפִיקֵי-מָיִם כֵּן נַפְשִׁי תַעֲרֹג אֵלֶיךָ אֱלֹהִים. 2 The way a deer longs for streams of water, my soul has longed for you, God of Strength. — Psalm 42:2 … Continue reading

September 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

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