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Jewish Repentance

Kaparot: The Jewish Chicken-Waving Ritual To Absolve Sins (PHOTOS)

Posted 12.05.2011 | Religion

Yom Kippur, the Jewish fast-day of repentance, begins at sundown on Friday (Oct. 7), and some Jews are preparing with ... chickens? The Kaparot rit...

Asking Forgiveness: A Difficult Conversation

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 12.03.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

Our tradition tells us: "For transgressions between one person and another, Yom Kippur does not serve as atonement, until the one offended has been appeased."

The True Power Of Repentance And Forgiveness

Rabbi Alan Lurie | Posted 11.28.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Alan Lurie

Repentance and forgiveness are powerful conscious processes that bring growth and lasting healing. That is why for Jews the holiest days of the year are those when we commit our lives to these processes.

The Jewish Mandate To Take Responsibility For Torture

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

In looking at the continued imprisonment and mistreatment of people who have not been convicted of or tried for a crime, I think that the Jewish notion of personal responsibility and teshuvah is not being followed.