Author Archives: Harry Zeitlin

Getting Ready For Yom Kippur

In many ways, Yom Kippur is the easiest of all the Jewish. No special meal to prepare, nothing to build, no difficult Megilah¬† to chant. Of course, in past years I would spend more than a month relearning and, hopefully, … Continue reading

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What Tshuva Can Look Like In 5779

As the calendar begins to approach a new decade–in just one year it will be 5780, as the reality of a soon-to-be majority of the world’s Jews living in Eretz Yisrael under Jewish sovereignty for the first time in almost … Continue reading

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The Irony Of Great Wealth

What to do? What to do? This year in Jerusalem, as Tisha B’Av, our millennia-old national day of mourning and fasting, we are drowning in a plethora of choices of how to participate. Counter-intuitive, perhaps, certainly counter-tradition, there are any … Continue reading

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A Challenge To The Rabbanut, The 3-Weeks, 5778

There’s a concept in civil law called Relief. The idea is that when someone suffers damages they should be compensated, as best as can, at least partly, for their losses. Ideally, the one who caused or profited by the damages … Continue reading

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Reclaiming Tikkun Olam

Whenever non-orthodox/non-traditional streams of Judaism, or at least representative organizations within them, act exceptionally aggressive towards the orthodox, certain elements within the orthodox “side” reacts by discrediting the progressive movements for being “not real Judaism”. Frequently, since many of their … Continue reading

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Transformation–Hanging By A Single, Broken, Guitar String

For almost two millennia no Jew would marry in the days between Pesach and Shavuot (Passover and Pentecost). Without the Holy Temple “alive” and functioning, we are in a state of perpetual mourning, of minimal functionality. Obviously, “life must go … Continue reading

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Which Torah Will I Receive?

A very close friend lives north of Jerusalem in the mountains of the¬†Galil. Like me, but for his own reasons and as product of his own experiences, he also rarely goes to shul nowadays. Rather, he usually takes a long … Continue reading

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