Days of Awe

Chapters Of Introspection

New books that capture the spirit of the holidays.

Culture Editor

These are books unlikely to be on the same shelf, let alone the same bookcase, or in the same home. Some are titles that invoke the spirit of the holidays, whether playfully or subtly or seriously; some are appropriate for these days of introspection in suggesting new ways of seeing. 

Books from left to right; 'Days of Awe', 'Made In Detroit', 'The Point of Vanishing'

"Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die" -- And Who Wrote the Greatest Prayer Ever?

Most people look forward to the "Kol Nidre" prayer as the high point of the High Holy Days.  Not me.  I'm an "Unetanah Tokef" fan, the central prayer of the Rosh Hashanah service.  You probably know it -- it's the one with lines like "Who shall live and who shall die," "Who shall perish by water and who by fire / Who by sword and who by wild beast." (I'll past the whole thing at the end of this blog.) But few people pause to consider its origins or its real meaning.  To be honest, I haven't ruminated on those things

I’ve Got a Secret: You Don’t Need a Rabbi!!

Jewish Week Online Columnist

Just a few more days….Can you begin to picture it? We will all gather together, in anticipation of the New Year, and the new beginnings that come with it. The melodies we wait for all year will be surrounding us. Our prayers and supplications will rise towards the heavens and we will pray “Sh’ma Koleinu” - that God will hear our voices. The Shofar will wake us from our physical and spiritual slumber. The sweet apples and honey will delight taste buds of all ages.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

Ethics-ercises in Elul Soul Searching

Jewish Week Online Columnist
As we approach the Days of Awe, our annual exercise in self scrutiny and stock-taking can be a daunting task. Rather than highlight a single ethical dilemma this week, I offer here some suggestions, some “ethics-ercises,” as it were, to assist you on this journey.
Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Dating Means Often Having to Say You're Sorry

There's nothing like the Days of Awe to stir up the love memories.

Which is another way of saying, the love mishaps.

So is it my fault that as soon as Rosh Hashannah let out, I found myself emailing two gentlemen from my immediate past who, according to my watch, both owed me some serious apologies?

A Sense Of Justice

Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:

Shabbat candles: 7:40 p.m.

Torah reading: Deut. 16:18-21:9

Haftarah: Isaiah 51:12-52:12


Rabbi Abraham Unger
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