Rabbi Mark Greenspan

Seattle, WA

Rabbi Mark Greenspan served as the spiritual leader of congregations in Knoxville, Tennessee, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and Oceanside, New York before retiring.  He is a past president of the Rabbinical Assembly of Nassau and Suffolk County. He has translated over twenty commentaries on the Haggadah, many of which appear on Sefaria.com. He is the author of Sacred Adornments, a collection of poems on the weekly parshiot (https://izzunbooks.com).

Hannah, Heschel and Me: Finding Meaning in Prayer

1:30 AM Eastern

10:30 PM Pacific

Even if we can participate in ‘zoom’ High Holy Day services, prayer will feel different this year.  The power of our prayers will depend on our own initiative.  Before we begin the coming season, then, we need to take the time to reflect on the meaning and purpose of prayer. What should meaningful prayer feel like? Does God hear/answer our prayers? Does prayer change anything? And what can we learn from Hannah, the heroine of the Rosh Hashanah Haftorah?