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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
Prayer

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 from us.”   more
Blog Post

We Will be Heard

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

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.   more
Blog Post

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