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Echoes of Elul, Day 8: Furever Yours

By Cantor David Reinwald My 18.5-year-old black tuxedo cat, Millie, lived in more states than most humans. Five to be exact, and six different homes in her lifetime. I wasn’t supposed to even have her. On a cold day in January, 2003, my friend Rachael and I went to a cat adoption event at the […]

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Echoes of Elul, Day 7: Lessons from my Family

By Steffanie Belasco Every year as Rosh Hashanah approaches, I am flooded with childhood memories. I feel grateful that I have these memories as they remind me that my parents, brother, and dear grandmother are a part of me. I find myself reaching for those memories when I am uncertain about something. I ask myself, […]

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Echoes of Elul, Day 6: Ben Outside the Box

By Ingrid Rothman Once upon a time, long ago, I was a student nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital School of Nursing in Manhattan. One of my friends who was a fellow student, kept trying to introduce me to her friend, Ben. One Sunday afternoon, Ben came to the dorm unexpectedly with our mutual friend. This […]

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Echoes of Elul, Day 5: It’s In Our Hands

By Bill Vaughter I’m standing on the shoulders of the ones who came before me. I find this phrase to be an inspiration as well as a responsibility. Our friend’s father died just hours before our oldest son, Jordan, was born. His son, Fred, always felt a special bond with Jordan. He saw Jordan as […]

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Echoes of Elul, Day 3: A Zeydeh’s Wisdom

By Hal Bogin As I was preparing for my Bar Mitzvah, trying to cope with words from the Torah that I really didn’t understand, my Zaydeh entered the room and uttered words of wisdom I have never forgotten. He told me that when I was born, G-d created a time account in my name. The […]

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Echoes of Elul, Day 2: Return Again

By Sylvan Swartz A longtime friend of mine passed away last July. The second friend died last November, and the third, my cousin, in March of 2021. I was devastated. I wanted to reach out to console the families in person, but could not. I could not attend the funerals in person. That hurt. It […]

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