Rabbi Stacy Offner

Rabbi Stacy Offner

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White heart-shaped flowers hanging from a stem

I am in my seat at the Metropolitan Opera House. The majestic crystal chandeliers start their rise into the sky. The spotlight reveals an elegantly attired conductor. The house falls silent, he lifts his baton, the orchestra begins. The music goes straight to my heart; I am enraptured by my favorite moment, the overture.

Selichot is the overture for our High Holidays – and my favorite part of the season. For years, the tradition in our community had been a regional Selichot service among several congregations. If feet do the judging, however, it wasn’t a tradition that worked...

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