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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. Yom Kippur is the dramatic culmination of the entire season of teshuvah, repentance. On Yom Kippur, Jews abstain from eating, drinking, bathing, sexual relations, and the wearing of leather (a sign of luxury) for 25 hours. Jews dress in white and traditionally spend most of the day in synagogue.

Yizkor: Remembering Victims of Sexual Assault

By Ariana Katz
Our most holy texts make it clear that we may not stand idly by while violence is perpetrated in our midst. Our most holy texts make it clear that we may not stand idly by while violence is...  more
Blog Post | September 21, 2015

Tags: yizkor

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
Blog Post | September 19, 2014

Tags: college, yahrzeit

What I Can't Change

By Rabbi Roni Handler
When I think and talk about teshuvah, I usually focus on change. How can we take stock of our lives and improve the parts of ourselves that we wish to change? This year I was struck by a different...  more
Blog Post | September 4, 2013

Tags: teshuvah

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