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Day of Atonement

Uncovering My White Privilege on Yom Kippur

Rachel Laser | Posted 09.29.2016 | Religion
Rachel Laser

In the spirit of Yom Kippur, I would like to do some of my own reflective and repentant work about white privilege, a topic that can benefit from the courage and heightened clarity that Yom Kippur brings.

How Synagogues Honor Non-Jewish Congregants On Yom Kippur

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Eleven years ago this Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, Rabbi Janet Marder asked the non-Jews in her California congregation to co...

The Secret to a Happy Year This Yom Kippur

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 09.17.2016 | Religion
Dr. Michael Laitman

The past year has been a trying one for all Jews, wherever they live, primarily due to the rise of anti-Semitism. So in the spirit of the High Holy Days, let us examine our situation and find the opportunity in the challenge.

All You Need to Know about the Jewish High Holidays

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 09.10.2016 | Religion
Dr. Michael Laitman

The Jewish festivals are more than food and family gatherings. They are both spiritually profound, and more relevant to our lives today than most people realize.

Forgiving God on Yom Kippur

Rabbi Will Berkovitz | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Will Berkovitz

God may not ask for my forgiveness, but yet I feel a need in my soul to struggle, like a drowning man, to forgive God for all God's sins against humanity.

Observing Yom Kippur In The Shadow Of Ferguson

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.06.2014 | Religion

When protests erupted in Ferguson after the shooting of Michael Brown, Rabbi Susan Talve joined local clergy in the thick of the unrest. As Yom Ki...

Reflections on the Day of Atonement

Kirk Douglas | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Kirk Douglas

There can never be forgiveness if we do not first admit our mistakes. Racism is a sin for which we have never atoned. It is a grave injustice that must be addressed before we can ever truly move forward as a nation. Apologies are not excuses, but they are a good start on the road to repentance.

A Prayer of Atonement

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 10.30.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

From the point of view of the Jewish American community, we take responsibility for ourselves and each other and know we are all in this together. Looking back at the past year, we pray.

Atoning on Facebook Is Just Wrong

Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.02.2014 | Religion
Ann Brenoff

As Jews worldwide mark the holiday that begins at sundown, my Facebook feed has been filling up with "friends" issuing blanket apologies to me and the rest of the Facebook for however they may have offended us.

Yom Kippur: The Holiest Day Of The Jewish Year

Posted 09.24.2012 | Religion

Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, is observed in 2012 from sundown Sept. 25 to nightfall Sept. 26. The Hebrew date for Yom Kippur is 9-10 Tishr...

The Limits Of Forgiveness

Rachel Havrelock | Posted 11.24.2012 | Religion
Rachel Havrelock

In the midst of the 10 Days of Awe between the New Year and the Day of Atonement, I take on the practice of surveying my relationships and looking to improve them. But just as I am trying to open my heart, a figure from my college days keeps appearing before me on media outlets.

Singing Leonard Cohen On Yom Kippur: Being An Angel Or A Broken Hill?

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Posted 11.24.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Mishael Zion

As opposed to the grandeur of some houses of worship, Cohen's God seeks praise from broken hills, not from fantastic edifices. In fact, it is us who are the broken hills.

How To Introduce A New Spouse To Your Holiday Traditions

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 11.20.2012 | Weddings
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

There's no denying that we all enjoy the universals of celebrations -- the good food, the family members getting together and sharing embarrassing stories -- but a holiday with different customs can be unpleasant without some effort to be a part of it.

God's Good Name

Rabbi Aaron Alexander | Posted 11.20.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Aaron Alexander

When those of us who have dedicated our lives to promoting a Godly vision of the world even appear to subvert others, we slowly (or immediately, depending on the gravity of the action) destroy that which we purport to elevate: God.

My Personal 10 Commandments

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 11.18.2012 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

Every year between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, I promise to have a better filter, to be more discreet, to just shut up. These are the days of Awe, but I think of them as the days of "Aw," as in, "Aw, why on earth did I say that?"

We Can Gather Together

Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D. | Posted 12.18.2011 | Religion
Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D.

If sitting down and rationally and peacefully talking among people of different religions is unworkable, perhaps creating interfaith families would be a way to bring disparate people together.

Democratized Holiness: Yom Kippur And Moral Responsibility

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks | Posted 12.06.2011 | Religion
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

If the history of the Day of Atonement has anything to say to us now it is: never relieve individuals of moral responsibility. The more we have, the more we grow.

On Yom Kippur, Jews Split On Which Shoes To Choose

Posted 12.05.2011 | Religion

By Lauren Markoe Religion News Service (RNS) It's almost Yom Kippur, the day on which Jews fast, atone for their sins and wear sneakers with their...

Getting Over The Judging God -- A Yom Kippur Reflection

Jay Michaelson | Posted 12.05.2011 | Religion
Jay Michaelson

Is it really such a healthy thing to feel oneself to be inadequate, judged and deficient? Does it make us better people, or does it make us more judgmental ourselves? And does God judge us, or only love?

You Don't Have to Be Jewish to Need to Repent

Lea Lane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Lea Lane

Failure to repent is much worse than sin. One may have sinned for but a moment, but may fail to repent of it moments without number. Chasidic say...

I Will Dominate You, Yom Kippur

Dan Abramson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dan Abramson

You call yourself the day of "Atonement." More like day of "shitty Keira Knightley period piece." Burn.