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Days of Awe

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Defend Right To Ritual Chicken Slaughter

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.03.2014 | Religion

Hundreds of Ultra-Orthodox Jews in New York City flocked together this week to perform Kaporos, the ritual slaughtering of chickens for Yom Kippur. ...

Practicing Forgiveness

Alison Laichter | Posted 11.06.2013 | Religion
Alison Laichter

Imagine a time in the past year that you acted unskillfully. Allow yourself to feel that weight of responsibility. Think to yourself, "if I in any way was a cause of suffering, whether consciously or unconsciously, I ask for forgiveness."

Generations Divided Over Favorite Jewish Holiday

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 09.04.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Older and younger Jews agree that Yom Kippur tops Passover as the most important Jewish holiday. But the Jewish Day of Atonement, which falls on...

VIDEO: A Rabbi's Plea: Wave Money, Not Chickens

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 11.03.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Today, because it is impossible to do it in a kosher way, we must perform the ritual with money. Rabbinic sources including the Chayei Adam and Mishna Berurah are clear that when the ritual cannot be performed in a kosher way it is preferable to use money.

'Not Broken But Bent' Pink, FUN, and the Days of Awe

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 10.09.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

Pink's song is not exactly the style of music we think about for the Season of Awe. However, its message is very much in sync with what these days are about and the meaning of the words that we pray.

In The Gray Zone

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion
Judy Bolton-Fasman

How do you explain the High Holidays to kids without scaring the living daylights out of them? Just the images alone send me into black hibernation. No light, no consciousness. Let God add and erase names in the Book of Life without my awareness.

Wishing God a Good Night

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 11.24.2012 | Politics
Menachem Rosensaft

We must never forget that there were Christians in World War II Europe, a small minority to be sure, who risked their lives to save Jews. And today there are Muslims who join forces with Jews and Christians to espouse and promote a spirit of tolerance.

Uncomfortable God Metaphors In High Holiday Prayers

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 11.19.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

I do not conceive of God as a person and find the symbol of an autocrat to be problematic, rather than majestic. Yet the melody of the Avinu Malkeinu remains haunting, and the effect it has on me is powerful. That is, until I stop to think about the meaning of the words themselves.

Rosh Hashanah: Ushering In The Jewish New Year

Posted 09.16.2012 | Religion

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is celebrated in 2012 from sundown on Sept. 16 to nightfall on Sept. 18. The Hebrew date for Rosh Hashanah is 1 Ti...

Here On Earth: Parashat Nitzavim

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 11.13.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

The Torah is lofty in vision and idealism, but also grounded here on earth. The Torah is not in heaven; it is here, in the messy imperfection.

Life Is Prayer During The Days Of Awe

Cheryl Pearl Sucher | Posted 12.06.2011 | Religion
Cheryl Pearl Sucher

For 10 days a year, I try to live my life as a prayer. I reflect on infinity, aware, as the psalmists, that life is a grain of sand and that I am powerless before the world.

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?