Facing Our Vulnerability

By Leonard Gordon

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), September 2009

The author explores the message of the traditional High Holiday prayer called "Unetaneh Tokef," which reminds congregants of the essential vulnerability of their lives. Ultimately, the author explains, the prayer not only humbles those who recite it by reminding them of their fundamental insecurity, but it also prescribes a strategy for responding to this vulnerable state: not by seeking greater security, but by responding to insecurity with teshuvah (repentance; turning oneself around), tefillah (prayer) and tzedakah (righteous giving).

Topic: Theology, Ritual, Prayer, Death and Mourning, Spirituality, Jewish Text, Holidays, Religion

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.40/no.662

Page Number(s): 2-3

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Gordon, Leonard. Facing Our Vulnerability. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). September 2009: 2-3. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7342


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