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Rosh Hashanah Archives - David Werdiger

Celebrating Change

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During the month of Elul, our minds turn to Rosh Hashanah, and we reflect on the year which is drawing to a close. We have many different units for measuring time – seconds, minutes, hours, days, months and years – and each serves a different purpose. To paraphrase Marc Levy, if you think a hundredth of a second is a short amount of time, ask the person who won the Olympic silver medal in the…

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Truth and Consequences

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In the lead up to Rosh Hashana, the weekly Torah readings are very pertinent. As we draw to the end of the weekly reading cycle, the book of Devarim – Moshe’s final words to his beloved nation – draw to a close. Last week, the reading of “Ki Tavo” contains the second “tochecha” – a long and bitter rebuke that speaks in great detail of the terrible calamities and curses that will befall the Jews if…

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Daniel Pollak chose life

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I’ve buried relatives and friends – some old, and some not old enough. For the first time, I have buried a student. The grief of his sudden passing comes over me in waves, and is like nothing I have experienced before. They carry a pain that rises to the surface in tears that feel like an outpouring from the depths of my soul. Perhaps this is a result of the special bond between teacher and…

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