Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, falls ten days after Rosh Hashanah. When the Temple stood in Jerusalem, the High Priest effected atonement for the entire people through an elaborate ritual. Today, in the absence of the Temple, each of us stands, alone, together, naked as it were, before God.


May All Debts Be Forgiven

By Nati Passow
How can we embrace the powerful exercise of Shmita in a way that is both personally meaningful and works to restore the fabric of our community?   more
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Public Justice

By Sarah Barasch-Hagans
I have said the words of the Yom Kippur Vidui many times, always awkwardly aware that most of the list of sins did not apply to me. I never thought I would come to embrace its awkwardness, and I certainly never imagined that it could guide me toward making decisions I was afraid to make.    more
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How I Stopped Writing High Holiday Sermons

By Rabbi Rena Blumenthal
Two years ago, at age 93, my father passed away suddenly and peacefully in Israel, where he had lived for many years. I flew to Israel for the funeral and the first half of shiva, sitting the second...  more
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