Yom Kippur

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This is the season of memory, of Yizkor. The memorial prayer for loved ones is recited four times in a year, two of them in these days between Yom Kippur and Shemini Atzeret.

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Yizkor’s brevity reflects the brief connection between This World and the Next.

And As The Rebbe Apologized …

Let's not treat common courtesy like it's leadership, just because it comes from a rabbi.


My email inbox and Facebook news feed were inundated in recent days with a link to an article in Tablet, “The Traveler’s Prayer” by Miriam Mandel Levi, which I strongly recommend. This thoughtful and moving essay by a ba’alat teshuva [returnee to the faith] of 25 years living in the environs of Jerusalem, concerns – spoiler alert from here on in – the author’s recent experience of being stuck in a parking lot for more than 30 minutes because the exit was blocked by two cars whose owners were nowhere to be found. When they finally appeared, one was a Ger chasid and the other the driver of the Ger Rebbe accompanied by the Rebbe himself.

The Ger Rebbe. Via heymannfamily.com

Chicago TV Station Sorry For Nazi Symbol In Yom Kippur Report


A Chicago television station apologized for using a graphic of a yellow badge that the Nazis forced Jews to wear during the Holocaust to illustrate its report on the start of Yom Kippur.

An anchor for the Chicago TV station WGN reporting the start of Yom Kippur with the Holocaust-era graphic in the background. JTA

Who Will Be YU’s Next President?

The preliminary candidates include lawyers, lots of rabbis, the Secretary of the Treasury and a highly regarded female educator.


Yom Kippur has always been accompanied by the drama of selections.

Richard Joel

Overlapping Holidays Prompt Jerusalem Activists To Work On Overcoming Divisions


Jerusalem - An interfaith group gathered in a private home Monday (Sept. 21) to head off potential tensions over how Jews and Muslims celebrate Yom Kippur and Eid al-Adha, two holidays that overlap this year.

An interfaith group gathered in a private home on Sept. 21, 2015. JTA

Let’s Do It For Sandy!


No one remembers the baseball games that Sandy Koufax played.

Sandy Koufax. By publicity still (N.Y. Public Library Picture Collection) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Yom Kippur Chicken-Swinging Ritual Spurs Not One, But Two Lawsuits


Kapparot, the pre-Yom Kippur folk custom of swinging a chicken around one’s head as a way of purging sin, is one of those Jewish practices that doesn’t always, ahem, dovetail with 21st-century mores.

A Hasidic man expressing his views to an anti-kapparot activist in Brooklyn, New York, Sept. 17, 2015. JTA

Violence Has Spiked In Jerusalem — Here’s Why


Tel Aviv — For Israelis, the Ten Days of Repentance from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur have turned into days of violence. Unrest has swelled in Jerusalem following an Israeli ban on a protest group at the Temple Mount, the holy site known to Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif. The clashes have left one Israeli dead and dozens of Israelis and Palestinians injured.

Palestinians throwing rocks at Israeli police during clashes in eastern Jerusalem, Sept. 18, 2015. JTA

We Are Judged On How We Protect The Vulnerable Among Us


As we leave Rosh Hashanah and head into Yom Kippur, the sound of crying is echoing in my ears. The theme of crying appears throughout the liturgy we recite, it’s mirrored in the sounds of the shofar, and it pours forth from the souls of members of our community.

Yom Kippur: Just A Littler Lower Than The Angels

The author of 'The Best Boy in the United States of America' says this is his favorite holiday.


On the High Holy Days, we all become authors. We look back on the past year, recalling our good deeds and misdeeds, and look forward to a New Year when we write the next chapter in our Book of Life. During the Ten Days of Awe-someness, the traditional liturgy assures us that teshuvah – return, tefilla, reflection and tzedakah – righteous acts of justice will ensure a year of meaning, and purpose, belonging and blessing. The rabbis had a name for this process: cheshbon ha-nefesh, an accounting of the soul.

The author's soon-to-be-published memoir.
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