Volume 10: 5766 / 2005-2006

High Holidays

The Memory of High Holidays
From grandmother to mother to daughter, the Unetaneh Tokef prayer echoes our desires and fears, life’s wholeness and losses.
By Sara R. Horowitz

Prayer for Yom Kippur
By Ann Metlay

The Witness of the Ram (poem)
By Daniel A. Harris

Avodah (poem)
By Barbara D. Holender

City of Man
A retelling of the story of Jonah, traditionally read on Yom Kippur afternoon.
By Scott Mintzer

Memories

The Floating Law (a story from my grandmother)
By Joshua Cohen

Against Building Walls: A Visit to the Family Cemetery
Sometimes, well-meaning efforts to preserve the past get in the way of the future.
By Shamu Fenyvesi

Entering the House of Israel
Inside one woman’s journey to becoming the newest Jew on the planet.
By Lori Holder-Webb

A Conversation with Yehuda Elberg, z”l
The noted Yiddish writer, textile engineer, partisan fighter, collector of Judaica, and much more, reflected on his full life in a series of interviews with Gilah Langner before his death in 2003.

The Hasid Who Discovered Oil in the Carpathian Mountains
A true story.
By Leon Thorne, z”l

Truck Turner’s Shul
From midtown Memphis, East Memphis seemed like the promised land.
By Hillel Grossman

Text Study

The Biblical Question
A learned discourse on a surprisingly common but relatively unstudied element of the Bible: the question.
By Joel Rosenberg

Poetry, Midrash, & Liturgy

Lech Lecha
From a series of poems on each of the parshiot of the Torah
By Laurie L. Patton

Elisheva’s Lament
By Michael Rotenberg-Schwartz

Jacob’s Betrayal: A Midrash
By Rachel Atwood

Wedding Poem
By Joan Gelfand

Brit Bat & Brit Milah
Naming poems to be recited at the covenant ceremonies of a girl or boy
By Davi Walders

The World Can Be Changed, We Can Be Healed
A poem for Passover and other times of the year
By Corie Feiner

Why I Left a Plum…
By Ben-David Seligman

Knowledge Of
By Ruth Berman

Different
Why was this Seder night different from all others?
By Wayne-Daniel Berard