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Yom Kippur 2013

You Can Learn a Lot From Stinky Potatoes

Nancy Sharp | Posted 11.20.2013 | Religion
Nancy Sharp

Here it was that I kept mouthing "sit still" to my son, and "pay attention honey" to my daughter, when Rabbi Mo, as he is fondly known, begins to tell an animated tale about smelly potatoes. This gets everybody's attention. Smelly potatoes. On Yom Kippur... a day of fasting?

Looking Pure On Yom Kippur

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 09.14.2013 | Religion

(RNS) When Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of Ohev Sholom synagogue in Washington looks out at his congregation on Yom Kippur, almost to a person they will be d...

How Will Jewish Ballplayers Handle the Yom Kippur Quandry?

Peter Dreier | Posted 11.13.2013 | Sports
Peter Dreier

One of American Jews' great traditions -- not found in the Bible or any other sacred book -- is fretting over whether Jewish Major Leaguers will play on the high holidays, particularly Yom Kippur, the most sacred day in the Jewish calendar.

Yom Kippur and Blaming Others

Rabbi Marc Schneier | Posted 11.13.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Marc Schneier

Jews, who know only too well what it feels like to be wrongfully scapegoated, must stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters when they are subjected to the same kind of defamation and character assassination.

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...

Yom Kippur Sermon 5774

Rabbi Chaim Miller | Posted 11.12.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Chaim Miller

Wwhen life throws us misfortune, G-d forbid, it's just a wrong turn. We have to believe we will get there in the end, and not to lose sight of the destination, a happy, fulfilled life.

September 11th and the 40th Anniversary of the Yom Kippur War

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 11.11.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

This year, the proximity of the anniversaries on two different calendars leads me to think about one through the lens of the other. The theme that runs through both is that we must learn both through what is broken and what is whole.

A Reflection on the Yom Kippur Liturgy -- Repentance Through Acts of Righteousness

Ron Kronish | Posted 11.10.2013 | Religion
Ron Kronish

Jewish tradition emphasizes the importance of good deeds, of tikkun olam or "repairing the world." Without doing our part to "repair the world," even in small ways, we have not fulfilled our responsibility.

WATCH: What You Should Know About Yom Kippur

Posted 09.10.2013 | Religion

Yom Kippur 2013 is observed on Sept. 13-14, 2013. Known as the Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur falls on 10 Tishrei 5772 on the Hebrew calendar, wh...

Sin, Repentance And Yom Kippur

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 11.12.2013 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

We are not born in sin; we are each born with powerful tendencies to both good and evil and the drama of human character is in the struggle and balance between the two. The corrective mechanism is teshuva, repentance.

'You Are Welcome Here' -- Rabbis Reach Out To 'Once-A-Year Jews'

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 11.05.2013 | Religion

NEW YORK — Throughout the High Holy Days, which started Wednesday night, American Jewish leaders are relentlessly lowering any barriers to parti...