Yom Kippur

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.

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.

09/21/2015 - 20:00

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.

Strands Intertwined And A Yom Kippur Dream

Have you ever had a vivid dream more meaningful than real events? Such was my Yom Kippur dream over fifty years ago.

In the dream, I stood next to my father in Temple Beth El in Asbury Park, NJ. The congregation was reciting the Al Chet "For the sin which we have committed before You" Yom Kippur prayer.

As I recited each sin, I struck my chest lightly as I had been taught. My feet felt the floor slanting down towards the front row. The choir, supported by the organ, was holding one long continuous note. It was my most spiritual moment of the year.

Notes written by Rabbi Levy's father. Courtesy of Michael Levy

The Gift Of Yom Kippur

09/17/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

On Rosh HaShanah, the sighing-sobbing sounds (shevarim) of the shofar are the natural response of the Jew to an incomplete, imperfect world. We are entrusted with the mission of bringing down the Divine attributes of loving-kindness and courage, of compassionate righteousness and moral justice, to suffuse society with freedom and peace in order to perfect and complete the world in the Kingship of the Divine.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

On Yom Kippur, A Moral Cease-Fire

09/16/2015 - 20:00

Like all years, we leave 5775 exhausted, many of us repeatedly disappointed by politicians and rabbis; by men and women wise or witless; by opponents public or private, those with whom we are intimate and those with whom we are vaguely acquainted. 

Disappointment breeds justification; tragedy — a stabbing, a suicide, a slander — grants us permission, we think, to make sweeping indictments, accusations and conclusions, far beyond the perpetrator. Yom Kippur comes, restoring grace and mercy to an unforgiving landscape.

Yom Kippur: A Moving Experience In Israel

09/16/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The most solemn day on the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur is observed in Israel in various fashions.

A Web Of Connections

09/16/2015 - 20:00

It is commonplace to say that we are unique. The flip side is that except for you, the world is composed of other people.

Rabbi David Wolpe

Jew May Run, But You Can’t Hide

Jonah Run app entreats tweens to repent this Yom Kippur.

09/16/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Praying for salvation this Yom Kippur? There’s an app for that.

Jonah Run, a new app designed by G-dcast, a Jewish new media tech company.

Hope For The New Year

09/09/2015 - 20:00

The 11th century was a time of danger for the Jews of Europe, an era of blood libel, the earliest Crusade and other attacks on the continent’s vulnerable Jewish population. Out of that crucible emerged a piece of liturgy whose roots are often forgotten but whose spiritual influence endures at this time of year.

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