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Secular Holidays

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Secular holidays give us the chance to widen our communities of celebration. We can join with other Americans for prayer, introspection or community service, as we observe holidays that connect us to each other. We can also interpret these holidays in a Jewish context, understanding them in light of the texts and experiences of our people.

Prayer for our Nation

By Rav Shmuly Yanklowitz
A prayer for the new U.S. president that asks for love and justice to trump hate   more

In Search of a Prayer for the New President

By Alden Solovy
Perhaps no single line from Jewish literature sums up the Jewish attitude about prayer and politics than the berakhah in Fiddler on the Roof: “May God bless and keep the Czar … far away...  more
Blog Post | January 10, 2017

Why I Don't Set New Year's Resolutions

By Maya Northen
Let’s just put it this way: January 17th is National Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day.  Happy New Year! I know that for many people, 2016 was a difficult for a whole host of reasons. And...  more
Blog Post | January 5, 2017

We Will be Heard

By Alden Solovy
A prayer in response to the 2016 United States presidential election   more

On Politics and Prayer

By Alden Solovy
Torah, prayer, and politics mix. Even in an elections season that has been characterized as bitter and nasty, void of civility or compassion, the Torah does not let us off the hook. Torah, prayer...  more
Blog Post | November 7, 2016

Why We Need a Prayer for the Electorate

By David Zvi Kalman
A Prayer for the Electorate allows us a moment in services to recognize that civic engagement can be religious engagement, that tzedek is often fulfilled through public policy. I...  more
Blog Post | October 31, 2016