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"Now that Rosh Hashanah, one of the best known Jewish holidays, has arrived we have a chance to start again, to discover new things about ourselves, each other and even about ancient traditions like Judaism...."
"Locked out by the circumstances of your life? At one time or another, most of us have. As Yom Kippur ends, the final words of the day remind us that we hold more keys than we often imagine to the locked places in our lives..."
"...These Rosh Hashanah blessings, and the images which accompany them combine some of my deepest hopes for all of us in the year ahead, with great humor...."
"Like all New Years celebrations, it’s a chance to start over. And starting over often involves forgiveness—both giving it and getting it. Neither of those is easy, but both are within our grasp...."
Rabbi Hirschfield is interviewed on this topic on Busted Halo, Sirius Radio, 9/24/09
"... but the recent actions of Joe Wilson, Kanye West, and Serena Williams remind us that we all have things for which to apologize and many of us find it hard to do so.
"Are there deeds that are unforgivable? How do we forgive? Anger, disappointment and feeling that we have been wronged is the first step. Forgetting is not forgiving..."
"JInsider.com’s documentary is airing on Shalom-TV during the High Holidays. How can we deal with the financial crisis, how do we step back, anchor ourselves and put current events into a contextual perspective?..."
"We have discovered the limits of our collective national memory. It’s about eight years. There was almost nothing about 9/11 in the news until this morning, and even today's headlines in the nation’s leading papers reflect the sense that we have moved on, that if anything, we are remembering an event that not only occurred in the past, but is no longer a real part of our present ...
"Almost immediately upon her arrival in Israel, Madonna traveled to the Old City in Jerusalem and headed directly to the Kotel, the Western Wall...."
"Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s anger over a mistranslated question about her husband’s view has become another one of those Clinton stories that enthralls us voyeurs...."