Question from Dr. Josh Greenfield, New York: In your article last May (Responsa in a Moment, Vol. 13, No. 4) you stressed the importance of studying Pirkei Avot as one of the most basic rabbinic texts. I have a follow-up question: According to many siddurim, Parashat Nitzavim (September 28, 2019) will be the last Shabbat to recite Pirkei Avot this year, and we should start reciting Barekhi Nafshi and Shirei Hama’alot (Psalms 104, 120-135) on Shabbat Bereishit (October 26, 2019). Are there specific customs for what to study on the three Shabbatot between now and then (Shabbat Shuvah-Vayeilech, Shabbat Ha’azinu, and Shabbat Hol Hamoed Sukkot)?
What is Jewish music? How does it intersect with prayer? These questions are examined with text, instruments and voices in Ashira, the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary program for training prayer leaders. It will now also be explored via Schechter’s new MA program in Jewish Music.
Rabbi Professor David Golinkin, examines Unetane Tokef, the poem that has been a part of the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur liturgy for centuries.
Dr. David Frankel, invites us to consider how the call Jonah receives encourages us to take action in modern times. Can you wake up? Can you hear the call?
Leadership requires communication, discipline, and thoughtfulness. Prayer leadership, requires all that and then some. Meet Osnat Bensoussan, a company CEO with family roots in Morocco and a student in Ashira, the Rabbinical Seminary’s newest program. Learn how she is leading her Sephardic egalitarian prayer community and how she came to study at SRS.
A question from students at the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary: There are several different customs regarding the Hoiche Kedusha (2) or the abbreviated loud repetition of the Amidah. How did the different customs arise and which custom should we follow?
Vayigash continues the narrative of Joseph and his brothers, but, unlike in the book of Genesis, there are no miracles or divine revelation in Vayigash.
One Saturday night in November, 1995, I was making havdala with JTS rabbinical students spending a year in Israel Matt Berkowitz, Matt Eisenfeld z”l and Shai Held in their apartment in Rehavia. The calmness of the evening broke down when an urgent announcement of the tragic and unexpected murder of then Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was made on the radio.
Israeli cantor and musician Saralee Shrell-Fox shares her experience teaching in this unique camp, which provides an opportunity for teenagers to encounter a joyous Jewish community environment and create connections that last a lifetime.
Music and prayer have been combined since ancient times. A prayer tune, conveyed from generation to generation, sets the atmosphere for the service and allows the congregation to focus on the connection with the Divine.
Get right into the mode for the upcoming Holiday with Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch, as he explains with great emotion and passion how the same verse is recited in different tunes in multiple synagogues around the neighborhood.