Yom Kippur

Route 17: Season Of Yizkor

The portal opens as quick as a dream.
09/24/2012 - 20:00
Associate Editor

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.

Yom Kippur’s Now Official At UN

Move to recognize holy day comes as Israel still fighting for legitimacy at world body.

12/23/2015 - 08:58
Staff Writer

For the first time, the United Nations has recognized a Jewish holiday — Yom Kippur — as an official U.N. holiday.

Danny Danon, Isaac Herzog, Ban Ki-moon, John Kerry and Samantha Power at U.N.’s “Battle for Zionism” event last month.

And As The Rebbe Apologized …

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

09/29/2015 - 20:00

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

09/23/2015 - 20:00

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.

09/21/2015 - 20:00

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

Richard Joel

Overlapping Holidays Prompt Jerusalem Activists To Work On Overcoming Divisions

09/21/2015 - 20:00
RNS

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!

09/21/2015 - 20:00
RNS

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

09/21/2015 - 20:00
JTA

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

09/21/2015 - 20:00
JTA

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

09/21/2015 - 20:00

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.

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