Yom Kippur

New Read On The Holidays

09/29/2000
Staff Writer
‘I don’t go to shul,” Leon Bernhardt declares. Raised Conservative, he stopped attending synagogue shortly after his bar mitzvah four decades ago in Crown Heights, when he and his brother were saying Kaddish for their father and were berated, publicly, for showing up for mincha one day sans jackets. Now he’s a psychiatrist, lives in Manhattan and doesn’t belong to a congregation. Elaine Wohl does go to shul.

On Yom Kippur, The Chance To Start Anew

09/21/2007
Editor & Publisher
We are entering 5768 with any number of reasons to worry about the future of Israel and Jewish life in the U.S. and around the world. But we would do well to encounter these challenges with an attitude similar to the one with which we are taught to approach Yom Kippur: a mixture of reflection, humility, repentance, resolve and, with it all, confidence.

Judge: Orthodox Protect Abusers, Not Victims

Judge Gustin Reichbach: Stinging words at sentencing of sex offenders

10/09/2009
Special to the Jewish Week

At the sentencing last week of a bar mitzvah tutor and social worker convicted of sexually molesting two boys in Brooklyn, a New York State Supreme Court judge lashed out at the offender’s Orthodox community for “a communal attitude that seems to impose greater opprobrium on the victims than the perpetrator.”

With his stinging critique, Judge Gustin Reichbach placed himself at the center of a fierce debate in the Orthodox community over how best to police the problem of pedophilia.

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A Link To Yom Kippur With Reb Shlomo

Friday, September 25th, 2009 Some thoughts from Reb Shlomo on Yom Kippur.

At New Shul, Beyond Apples and Honey

09/22/2009
Staff Writer

 

Decked out in brown suede Nikes, distressed denim jeans and black Ray-Ban sunglasses, Rabbi Dan Ain stood atop a “kosher” soapbox in Washington Square Park Monday afternoon, extolling heresy and encouraging his listeners to break from tradition during these 10 days of awe and repentance.

Soapbox preacher: The New Shul Rabbi Dan Ain, who brought his High Holy Days message to Washington Square Park.

From Here To Eternity, On Facebook

09/15/2009
Staff Writer

Every year, we welcome the New Year with the proverbial yet fatalistic saying, “On Rosh HaShanah, it is written. On Yom Kippur, it is sealed.”

This year, as these two sentences come to mind once again, I think about a more modern page that we write and edit and then seal with an inadvertent yet morbid permanence — the Facebook profile. 

Aliyah Blog, Part 10: Alexandra’s Celebrity Treatment

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

It has already become known in the Israeli media as “the Singles Flight.”

 

Eighty-one single olim got off the Nefesh B’Nefesh flight from JFK on Tuesday. Within an hour, there was one less as Nechama Dina Simon became engaged to her waiting boyfriend.

 

As one of the remaining 80, Alexandra Polsky started getting phone calls from Israeli reporters on Tuesday, with the help of Nefesh B’Nefesh.

 

Hitting The Roof Over ‘Sistine Secrets’

05/07/2008
Staff Writer
You could see the backlash coming. A yarmulke-wearing rabbi from Yeshiva University goes to the Vatican and finds secret insults to the pope and Jewish mystical codes embedded in Michelangelo’s painting of the Sistine Chapel. The rabbi, Benjamin Blech, teams up with Roy Doliner, a docent and guide at the Vatican, and their findings are published last week in the book, “The Sistine Secrets,” which claims that Michelangelo was influenced so greatly by Judaism that 95 percent of his painting depicts scenes from the Old Testament.

Yom Kippur Spurned As UN Starts Session

09/17/1999
Staff Writer
Israel, which has made it a point not to walk out of the United Nations despite all of the abuse hurled at it from member nations over the years, will be pointedly absent when the General Assembly convenes on Monday, Yom Kippur. So will President Bill Clinton. Israel's ambassador to the UN, Dore Gold, said this is the first time an American president has not spoken at the start of the General Assembly's general debate. He will speak Tuesday instead.

Around The Sermon Circuit

09/10/1999
Staff Writer
The New York Board of Rabbis held its annual sermon seminar last week to permit rabbis to share ideas for their High Holy Days sermons. Rabbi Marc Schneier of The Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton Beach, L.I., and president of the board, chaired the discussion featuring spiritual leaders from all movements. Jewish Week: What will be some of the themes of sermons this year?
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