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Sep 7, 2011 11:18PM
Thank you to everyone who has joined in. I guess these are questions that people of any religion face, so I'm glad there's been a mixed chorus.
In thinking more about it, I recalled one interpretation of the prayer I mentioned - that it's not God who makes the determination, but us. By choosing the way we live, we decide whether we're rich or poor - in spirit - and whether we 'live' - a full, active life or 'die' by letting life just pass us by. This year, I am definitely choosing to live.
hrf - There are some great recordings out there of services, or just some of the prayers and songs, if that would be of any comfort if you can't go to services.
Leah - I attend morning or evening minyan occasionally, and they blow the shofar this whole month before the holidays. Hearing it the first time was really stirring. I'm glad I get to experience that.
Pebee - Thank you for joining in. I believe there is a lot of value in times of retrospection, regardless of what your faith is. For those of us in our situation, perhaps we really understand it in a way many others can't (or don't want to).
Cookie - if you're ever in central NJ, let me know. My synagogue's not perfect, but it's got a lot of heart and good people.
Toomuch - Neilah always is an incredibly moving service. My synagogue has a tradition of letting people line up and approach the opened ark for a few moments for silent meditation/prayer/reflection. I will miss that this year. I wish you the best this year - and hope you'll have company again this year.
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