Rabbi Reuven Hammer

Music and Jewish Prayer

Music in Jewish worship can be high art or popular song, by solo expression or with group participation.

Hebrew & Prayer

Prayer in Hebrew, even in when the language is unfamiliar, can have an emotional impact, which is deepened by an understanding of key concepts and words.

Rosh Hashanah: Rabbinic Development

The first day of the year becomes the day of judgment.

Piyyutim: Religious Poetry

Piyyutim permeate the High Holiday liturgy.

Enhancing the Amidah

A selection of piyyutim from the Rosh Hashanah Amidah

The 10 Days of Repentance

The days in between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are an important component in the process of repentance.

The Month of Elul

This Jewish month marks the period of soul-searching leading up to the High Holidays.

Yizkor: The Jewish Memorial Service

The memorial service is added to the holiday cycle four times a year

Yom Kippur: Rabbinic Development

After the destruction of the second Temple, the focus of the holiday changes.