Rabbi Will Berkovitz is chief executive officer of Jewish Family Service of Seattle, a 123-year-old agency that delivers essential human services.

Forgiving God on Yom Kippur (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) I believe in the great and small miracles that surround us every day. And I believe God is present everywhere if we only look. But that does not absolve God. I am demanding God take responsibility. I demand an accounting.

On the Jewish New Year, look who’s blowing the Shofar

(RNS) The blowing of the shofar, the ram's horn that rouses the soul on the Jewish New Year, has traditionally been assigned to an august member of a synagogue. But the art of shofar blowing is now for anyone who can manage to get a sound out of the instrument. By Lauren Markoe.