Rabbi Danielle Upbin


Articles by Rabbi Danielle Upbin

Rabbi Danielle Upbin

Watch a High Holidays sermon from the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Shalom, Clearwater, FL.

Yishtabach: What Lies In Prayer’s Wake

A Hasidic teaching offers a way to understand this prayer that seems to suggest our words of divine praise are inherently insufficient.

Praying for a Rebuilt and Redeemed Jerusalem

The 14th and 15th blessings of the Amidah pose some difficult theological questions.

Re’eh: Seeking Divine Compassion in Times of Suffering

The seventh blessing of the Amidah asks God to see our suffering and redeem us from it.

Penitence and Prayer in the Amidah

Two blessings said every day invoke the High Holiday mood of returning to God.

Beginning the Amidah by Connecting to Our Ancestors

The opening to the Amidah prayer shifts the perspective from personal needs to the long arc of Jewish history.

Ha Lachma Anya: The Bread of Slavery and Affliction

This text is an opportunity for hands-on engagement with the seder’s core message.

Song(s) of the Sea

Miriam's instinctive song of praise tells us something important about calling out to God.

The Jewish Way To Make a New Year’s Resolution

Jewish wisdom, anchored in the rhythms of the year, can help us set benchmarks that make sticking to our commitments more likely.

Are There Special Synagogue Services During Hanukkah?

The Festival of Lights is primarily observed in the home, but there are a few ways the holiday is marked in synagogue.