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  • Reply to: Synagogues Get Their Own (Scape)Goat   7 hours 18 min ago

    This coming Saturday, as part of our teen services for Yom Kippur, we are going to use a selection of the submissions we received to our Temple Emanu-El eScapegoat ( - a very contemporary and immediate take on the "al cheit" prayer. There were many submissions to the goat (with more coming in every day) - these are the ones we'll be sharing:

    “I am sorry that sometimes I yelled at my children when I was really upset about other things.”
    “I have cheated on tests.”
    “I didn't pay a friend back.”
    “I am sorry I was short with people at work when I got stressed out and I didn't apologize.”
    “I want to be less negative about everything.”
    “I went on my phone in school (a lot).”
    “Being so impatient with things sometimes.”
    “Not letting myself be happy because others aren't happy.”
    “I make fun of people who aren't as smart as I am.”
    “I'm sorry for not being sorry.”
    “I am sorry for not giving people the benefit of the doubt.”
    “I'm sorry for repeating the same mistakes and not learning from the past.”

  • Reply to: Uman Fines Jewish Community For Pilgrims’ Unlicensed Tent City   1 day 10 hours ago

    Simple answer on how to avoid being ripped off in Uman. Do NOT go there. Simply outrageous and a desecration of Judaism that so many men abandon their families during this period to slum it around a gravesite in the antisemitic heartland of the Ukraine. And no doubt the lawless antics of many of these Chasids and near-Chasids provide arguments to the locals perhaps otherwise not inclined towards antisemitism.

  • Reply to: Becoming A Family Caregiver: A Search For Identity   1 day 10 hours ago

    This is beautifully written and poignantly told. So many day ones. I have been a caregiver many times over and each time presents new challenges, and some good days but many hard days too. Wishing you well.

  • Reply to: Becoming A Family Caregiver: A Search For Identity   1 day 15 hours ago

    Thank you Ivy for sharing your own experience. I totally agree that financial issues are vitally important, and that the things we need most as caregivers (help at home, for example) are the very things that are not considered "medically necessary" and therefore not covered by any insurance (except to some degree by Medicaid, which has its own limitations).

  • Reply to: Preparing For High Holidays Services With A Child Who Has Special Needs   1 day 19 hours ago

    Can this be translated into Hebrew????