Philip Gibbs


After the shofar blasts during Rosh Hashanah, we recite the paragraph hayom harat olam. Because the Hebrew root hey-resh-hey refers to pregnancy and because of the tradition that world was created during this season, most prayer books translate the line as “Today is the birthday of the world.” This suggests […]

Hayom Harat Olam


During the High Holidays, we go through more words of prayer than any other time of year. The themes of creation, repentance, and awe inspired poets throughout the generation to expand the prayers with elaborate poems which blend biblical imagery and rabbinic interpretation in creative new ways to express many […]

Areshet S’fateinu


When I first moved to the Vancouver area about a month ago, I was awestruck by the distant sight of Mt. Baker. For the first few days, I did not notice the mountain off in the distance. The first time I saw it when I was crossing the bridge felt […]

Nishmat: How do We Pray?