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Falling in Love With Yom Kippur

4 months ago

I fell in love last weekend.  Hard-core. I’d fallen before, but this time it was different: it was the holiest day of the Jewish calendar year, Yom Kippur, and I fell back in love with ritual and religious practice. And…

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Prayer and Shared Need

1 year ago

[Image via Matthew “Levee” Chavez, founder of “Subway Therapy”] In a New York City subway, people filled the white tile squares of the station’s walls with words written on Post-It notes. Billed by the project’s creator as “Subway Therapy,” the words…

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Gun Violence, Prayer & Action

2 years ago

Image: “Hannah at Prayer,” by Wilhelm Wachtel (Polish, 1875–1942), via artnet (From the writer & the editor: This essay, written in the days after the UCLA shooting, is about bringing prayer to action. Only days later, in a single weekend, a talented…

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The First 30 Days: Mourning My Father

2 years ago

The following post originally appeared on Mayim’s blog at, May 14, 2015. As I wrote here on Kveller, my father died last month. The period of sheloshim (30 in Hebrew) just ended, as a matter of fact. Sheloshim marks…