Yom Kippur

7 Yom Kippur-themed shows to watch

By LINDA BUCHWALD

(JTA) — When it comes to Jewish holidays in pop culture, Hanukkah gets top billing — but that has more to do with its proximity to Christmas than its religious significance.

For Jews, the main event is Yom Kippur, which starts this year at sundown Oct. 11....
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On Yom Kippur, atoning for our online sins

By EDMON J. RODMAN

(JTA) — If you’re like me, you blog, read and share a lot of political stuff. But who really reads these posts and articles all the way through? Especially with the longer stories, who has time to look up the sources, or check if that odd...
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A Yom Kippur apology to France’s most famous anti-Semite

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — It kills me to say this, but I may owe a Yom Kippur apology to Dieudonne M’bala M’bala.

My extensive reporting about this French comedian of Cameroonian descent consistently portrayed him as a fanatical, vulgar and racist provocateur whose acts serve as a thinly veiled...
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On hot Yom Kippur, Israel’s Jews and Arabs kept their cool

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — It could have been a fraught coincidence, especially on a 90-degree day with conflict still simmering in Jerusalem over access to the Temple Mount.

Israel’s 6 million Jews observed Yom Kippur on Sept. 23 by praying, fasting — or using the daylong ban on cars...
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YOM KIPPUR AREA SERVICES

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Btesh Family Chabad House (Uptown) Candle lighting 6:39 p.m. | Kol Nidre 6:40 p.m.

Congregation Anshe Sfard Candle lighting 6:39 p.m. | Kol Nidre 6:45 p.m.

Congregation Beth Israel Candle lighting 6:39 p.m. | Kol Nidre 6:40...
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Person in the Parsha: KI TAVO (YOM KIPPUR)

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS

It was the kind of thing you would hear from old men. “Things just ain’t the way they used to be.” “This new generation is going to hell in a handbasket.” “I remember when things were different and...
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Kapparot ritual allowed in New York

(JTA) — The Yom Kippur ritual of kapparot can proceed in New York, a state Supreme Court judge ruled.

Justice Debra James ruled Monday in Manhattan that there was not enough evidence to prove that the ritual is a public nuisance, the New York Post reported. The decision was in...
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‘Sorry’ is not enough

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF

Christianity and Judaism have many customs and symbolism in common. Naturally, as the aphorism states, the child does not stray far from the mother. We both take vows to repair our character. But in one area we grossly diverge; the proclamation of...
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Why Sandy Koufax sitting out a World Series game still matters 50 years later

By HILLEL KUTTLER

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Jesse Agler was pretty talented as a catcher and pitcher in Little League, yet his parents benched him regularly.

That’s because the Aglers had a no-baseball-on-Shabbat rule, one cloaked in sports royalty.

“It was a source of frustration as a kid, but I appreciated...
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During days of introspection, how to get back on the proper path

By STEVE BAYAR

(My Jewish Learning via JTA) — We live with a practical tradition. We begin the Jewish New Year with 10 days devoted to introspection. Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we are asked to review our past failures and victories, to evaluate our relationships and how we...
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