Prepare YOUR soul for the Jewish High Holy Days! Temple Sinai of Brookline MA presents these short episodes to help you get ready for the Jewish New Year…. and beyond, and to help us all consider the new beginnings that are possible for our lives as the Jewish New Year arrives.
The Original Scapegoat - Reflections by Jeremy Wolfe
What can an ancient Biblical ritual about two goats teach us about blame, guilt and forgiveness? Temple Sinai member Jeremy Wolfe contemplates what it would be like if everyone were looking at you, casting blame upon you for the sins of the whole people, and explores the ritual of the scapegoat described in Leviticus.
How Will the Shofar Call to You this Year?
It's an Elul tradition to hear the Shofar's call every day during this month that leads up to Rosh Hashanah. But what do we hear in the Shofar when it calls to us? How does the Shofar speak to our hearts? Rabbi Andy Vogel looks at three traditional interpretations of the Shofar. And some incredible Shofar jazz closes out the episode.
Live Performance! Music from Mizrachi Communities for Elul
Listen to a live performance of "Adon HaSelichot," a Middle Eastern piyyut, or liturgical poem, by Temple Sinai's own Leah Carnow, our Vocalist & Rabbinic Intern this year, and Yoni Battat, playing oud. This alphabetical poem from the 11th century has reminded Jews in every century that God's essential nature is to forgive. Thank you to Leah and Yoni for this beautiful performance!
Are Sinai's Teens Hopeful or Pessimistic as a Hard Year Ends?
It's been a challenging year for teenagers. Temple Sinai's teens speak with Rabbi Vogel about how the COVID-19 crisis has affected them this year, how they've found strength to cope, and whether they are hopeful or pessimistic as they approach Rosh Hashanah and a new Jewish year. Featuring interviews with Ezra Weintroub, Gabe Krakauer, and Sasha Kalvert, who participate in Sinai U, our program for teens.
"God Bless & Keep the Czar!" Reciting the 'Prayer for Our Country' in a Complicated Year
Politics and prayer make for a complicated pair - and that's exactly what the Jewish "Prayer for Our Country" sets us up for. How can we recite the "Prayer for Our Country" during this complicated time? Rabbi Andy Vogel examines the history of this prayer, and considers the intersection between politics, prayer and Jews, especially as we enter a new Jewish year.
Robin Orwant on Newness, Creation & Rosh Hashanah
The Creation story (Genesis 1) is the alternate Torah portion that Temple Sinai will read this year on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, when God renews creation each year. But with so many things wrong with the world today, how can we re-experience the beauty and joy of life just as it existed when the world was new? Temple Sinai member Robin Orwant answers with her reflections from a beautiful midrash.