Rabbi Danielle Upbin


Articles by Rabbi Danielle Upbin

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.

Min Ha-meitzar: Calling to God From the Depths

From the constriction of our places of pain, Psalm 118 invites us into the wide expanse of the divine presence.