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Yom Kippur

Person in the Parsha: Yom Kippur: Of Porgies, Flounder and the Whale


It was a magical summer, the kind that many of us experienced when we were very young and remember fondly for the rest of our lives. I spent that summer, as I did most of my childhood summers, with my family in the Rockaways, a beach resort in the outer borough of Queens, in New York City.

It was a full year before my...

OP-ED: Yom Kippur regrets, reflections for 5778

As the Jewish New Year is still fresh in our minds and we are directed to consider the ways of teshuvah (repentance) prior to and including the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, it may be the time for us to think about our actions and consider ways we can improve in the days to come.

First of all, have you done something on Facebook or Twitter that made you feel...

Yom Kippur insights from area rabbis

By JOSH AXELROD, Exclusive to the CCJN

While the holiest day of the Jewish year, Yom Kippur, looms large, New Orleans rabbis indicated how their congregations will be commemorating the holiday that begins at sundown tonight. Also, known as the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur takes place on the 10th day of Tishrei on the Jewish calendar.

Rabbi Leibel Lipskier, who serves students at the Rohr Chabad Jewish Student Center...

With Racial Justice March set for Yom Kippur, these Jewish groups will participate in other ways

(JTA) — Despite a controversy over the scheduling of a Washington, D.C., anti-racism protest on Yom Kippur, Jewish groups are participating in sister marches the day after the holy day.

Jewish groups participating Sunday in a New York event for the March for Racial Justice include the American Union of Jewish Students, T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, Jewish Voice for Peace and Torah Trumps Hate, a group for...

He Goat: Yom Kippur’s Prima Donna


Rosh Hashanah marks the birthday of the world – the anniversary of its creation. First, say our sages, the Creator made heaven and earth. Now on earth’s birthday He wants a birthday gift from us. No, not the trinkets we hand each other, He wants more. He wants the gift of the heart, the gift of goodness.

Every Rosh Hashanah He asks...

How Jews around the world break the Yom Kippur fast


NEW YORK (JTA) — After weary and ravenous American Jews file out of Yom Kippur services, many return home to a similar meal each year to break the fast: typically bagels, lox and assorted accoutrements.

For some, it’s an anticipated and tasty tradition. But for others, it can be an anticlimactic end to a day of repentance and hunger.

They can look to Jews in many other countries...

A Yom Kippur tradition in Amsterdam dates back to the invention of electricity


AMSTERDAM (JTA) — As one of Europe’s oldest and most impressive Jewish buildings, this city’s Portuguese Synagogue is known far and wide for its majestic beauty.

Built in 1675 for the descendants of Jews who fled religious persecution on the Iberian Peninsula, the Portuguese Synagogue today sees some 200,000 tourists annually. Inside its vast sanctuary, a massive Torah ark made of Brazilian Jacaranda wood towers over 17th-century...

For secular Israeli teens, the eve of Yom Kippur is a night of forbidden love


SHOHAM, Israel (JTA) — Ely Cohen topped off his all-white outfit with a few spritzes of cologne.

At sundown, the start of Yom Kippur, such “anointments” would no longer be kosher, and he wanted to be ready for the big night. He had just started dating a girl at his high school, and they had plans to meet up.

“We agreed to find each other in the roundabout,...

Animal rights group sues police for not stopping Yom Kippur chicken-swinging ritual

(JTA) — An animal rights group filed a lawsuit against two Southern California police departments for not enforcing animal cruelty laws by halting a pre-Yom Kippur ritual.

The lawsuit filed this week naming both the Irvine and Los Angeles police departments is aimed at stopping Chabad of Irvine’s kapparot ceremony in which a chicken is swung by its legs and then slaughtered. It is the second attempt in recent years...

Kapparot can continue in NY, appeals court rules

(JTA) — The pre-Yom Kippur ritual of kapparot can continue in New York, a New York appeals court found.

The Appellate Division First Department in Manhattan on Tuesday upheld a lower court decision that declined to block the pre-Yom Kippur slaughter of chickens in 2015, when the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos and 19 Brooklyn residents living near where the ritual was performed sued to stop it, the New...