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Day of Atonement

Yom Kippur In Israel Also 40th Anniversary Of War

AP | IAN DEITCH | Posted 11.12.2013 | Religion

JERUSALEM -- Israelis ushered in the holiest day of the Jewish calendar at sundown Friday as nearly the entire country ground to a halt for Yom Kippur...

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 11.25.2012 | 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.