The Unetaneh Tokef prayer always sounds so harsh, Gerald Zelizer writes. But is there a way to understand it as a description of the randomness in the universe?
The incredibly rare convergence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah is quite a teachable moment, writes Gerald Zelizer. The two holidays have more in common than you’d think.
We used to ask: ‘How do we serve God?’ Now, we ask what religion can do for us. Getting the mix just right is crucial, especially as the High Holidays approach.