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.


Affirmation of Mitzvot

Some find the Yom Kippur liturgy, with its litany of sins, onerous, particularly for women. This text serves as a counterpoint to the traditional Al Chet (confession) affirming our goodness alongside our sins.   more

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By Rachel Adler
A prayer based on traditional texts but which addresses God in feminine and gender-neutral imagery   more

Remembering Dulcie of Worms in the Martyrology

By Rabbi Leah Novick, adapted by Susan Sapiro
An addition to the Eyleh Ezkerah martyrology section of the Yom Kippur service, this is a short biography of a learned and accomplished medieval Jewish woman who was murdered during the Crusades.   more

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Al Chet for Parents

By Yonit Kosovske
Original prayer recognizing the ways in which parents may have missed the mark with their children.   more

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