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Yom Kippur Reflection

Midlife Reflection or Just Jewish?

Alisa Schindler | Posted 10.03.2014 | Religion
Alisa Schindler

Lately I've been thinking I'm suffering from a midlife crisis. I'm contemplative and reflective. I'm wistful and full of regret. I'm appreciative for what I have, yet searching for things I don't.

Putting the Santa Claus Back in Yom Kippur

Eric Kaplan | Posted 10.03.2014 | Religion
Eric Kaplan

"Why have holidays at all?" I asked myself. Why, other than to make money for CVS, do we have Halloween and Thanksgiving and Christmas? Don't we want to be thankful all the time for the good in our lives?

Yom Kippur 5775: Israeli Liberals Are in Pain

Carlo Strenger | Posted 10.03.2014 | World
Carlo Strenger

While I can humanly and psychologically understand why fear pushes many Israelis to the right, I cannot help feeling, along with many of my friends, that the country is moving so far away from our ideals and values that we are becoming strangers in our own land.

Stop Feeling So Guilty! A New Prayer for Yom Kippur

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 09.30.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

On Friday Jews around the world will confess their sins. One of the central prayers of the Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) worship service is Ashamnu, which means "We have sinned." The prayer consists of 24 lines describing sins we have committed.

Learning to Fly

Rabbi Will Berkovitz | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Will Berkovitz

The month and days preceding the Jewish High Holidays are when we do what is called a heshbon nefesh: an accounting of the soul. We talk to the folks we may have had challenges with in the past year and we strive to make amends -- to ask for forgiveness.

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.

Much More Than Atonement, Yom Kippur Calls Us to Courageous Self-Disclosure

Rabbi Melissa Weintraub | Posted 11.11.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Melissa Weintraub

A decade ago I walked into my parent's living room to discover my beloved grandfather, hunched over his walker and weeping while cranking nineteenth century romantic Russian orchestral music.

Yom Kippur, Divorce, and Three Little Words: I Am Sorry

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 11.03.2013 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

On Yom Kippur, we are instructed to seek atonement from those we have wronged... those who we have intentionally or unintentionally transgressed... so that we are assured a blessing in the Book of Life.

'Hineni': Leadership Lessons From the High Holy Liturgy

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Posted 11.03.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Mishael Zion

In the synagogue of my childhood, as the leader rose from his seat and slowly walked to the lectern to begin Musaf, a hush fell over the congregation.

The Questions I Wish I Had Asked

Rabbi Richard A. Block | Posted 10.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Richard A. Block

As the high holy days approach, so early this year, memories of those I have loved and lost coming flooding to mind.

I Wore Prada To Temple For Yom Kippur And I Lived To Tell The Tale

Elizabeth Dosoretz | Posted 12.04.2012 | Style
Elizabeth Dosoretz

Not only was my walk up to the front of the temple painful and scary, but my time standing on the bimah was even more difficult. As I read the passages, all I could think about were my shoes. I was in pain and hoped nobody could tell.

So Close And Yet So Far: Reconnecting To Our Fellow Person

Rabbi Avi Weiss | Posted 11.25.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Avi Weiss

How many friends on Facebook are really friends? On this Yom Kippur, let's resolve to connect, really connect with our fellow person -- our siblings, our children, our spouses, all people.

A Vegetarian Teshuvah

Alison Laichter | Posted 11.20.2012 | Religion
Alison Laichter

I started doing some research because I was horrified by my own visions of screeching chickens, blood and feathers. I knew this wasn't a practice I would ever do. In my search for more information, I heard a great story.

Why Americans Dismiss Sin

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 12.20.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Fresh from the jarring experience of Yom Kippur prayer, I find myself wishing that we would struggle with sin more than we do.

Have We Forgotten How To Cry?

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 12.07.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

On Yom Kippur in traditional synagogues people would weep. They would beat their chests as tears streamed down their faces. But for many to display genuine feeling in public is an embarrassment.

What Are Jews Fighting For?

Dovid Efune | Posted 12.07.2011 | Religion
Dovid Efune

For Jews, the holy day of Yom Kippur is recognized as a time for introspection and reckoning. In this spirit, it may be appropriate to take a step back and ponder the "State of the Jewish Union."

Days Of Reflection On Israel

Jeremy Ben-Ami | Posted 12.07.2011 | Religion
Jeremy Ben-Ami

For many of us, these are days for deep reflection and soul-searching on the past year. How, we ask, as individuals and as a community can we better ourselves and the world?

Open Letter To Mahmoud Abbas For Yom Kippur

Carlo Strenger | Posted 12.07.2011 | World
Carlo Strenger

Mr. Abbas: I know that this proposal is very difficult for you to accept. I write to you on the eve of Yom Kippur, because my heart is weary and full of sorrow; because I see the two-state solution slipping away.

Confronting The Oppression Of Our Hands: A Social Justice Reflection For Yom Kippur

Ari Hart | Posted 12.06.2011 | Religion
Ari Hart

The painful truth? Your hands, my hands and the hands of everyone else we know are tools of oppression. They directly and indirectly cause suffering in the lives of God's creation -- human, animal and more.

Don't Play Ball: Why Sandy Koufax Sat Out The World Series On Yom Kippur

Rabbi Shais Taub | Posted 12.06.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Shais Taub

As counterintuitive as it may seem, the power of not-doing possesses a purity and a truth that doing cannot rival. Giving is easy. Doing is easy. Movement is easy. What's difficult is stopping.

With Perfect Trust And Doubt: A Yom Kippur Reflection On The Dynamics Of Faith

Rabbi Lawrence Troster | Posted 12.05.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

Today the word "faith" is often understood in the popular mind with something that I consider a caricature of real faith. Real faith, in my opinion, is complex, transformative and dynamic

Yom Kippur In The Canyon: A Fast Of Presence

Rabbi Yael Levy | Posted 12.05.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Yael Levy

Yom Kippur arrived softly in Elephant Canyon. Tall cliffs of red rock and yellow sandstone framed the light blue sky. The moon rose bright and clear. There was no one around for miles.

Possessing And Releasing

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 12.05.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

On Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, this most introspective of days, Israel is commanded to release, to restore, to simplify.

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."