Yom Kippur

Before Yom Kippur, Thousands Visit Western Wall and Hebron

By ANAV SILVERMAN

(TAZPIT NEWS AGENCY) – The days leading up to Yom Kippur have brought thousands of Jewish prayer goers to some of Judaism’s holiest sites – the Western Wall in Jerusalem and the Tomb of Patriarchs in Hebron.

Before the holiest day of the Jewish year –...
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Brooklyn’s ‘crazy chicken lady’ making progress in fighting kapparot ritual

By ORLI SANTO

NEW YORK (JTA) — For years, Rina Deych was treated like she was crazy. Fighting the Yom Kippur ritual of kapparot, she was told things had always been this way and if she kept up the battle, she would only incite anti-Semitism.

Year after year, people would...
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OP-ED: A Time to Remember and a Time to Forget

By RABBI DONNIEL HARTMAN

Memory is a primary motivator for teshuvah (repentance), but all too often unfortunately it is the memory of God which plays the dominant role. God as the being with an infinite and infallible memory, remembers and recounts all of our actions. God is the Judge in...
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Victims become pardoners on the High Holidays

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur – as every Jewish child learns in pre-kindergarten – are about forgiveness. Jews of all theological stripes – even those whimsical souls who spread mayo instead of mustard on their pastrami, eat sweet rolls on Passover, and...
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Cantor Mames arrives at Northshore Jewish Congregation

The Northshore Jewish Congregation (NJC) welcomes Cantor David Mames tonight to its regular Shabbat worship services. Mames has been hired to assist Rabbi John Nimon with High Holiday worship services this year.

Mames, who is an educator, a producer and director of educational videos and a member of the American...
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Person in the Parsha: KI TAVO

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

WALLS HAVE EARS

We all have our secret lives.

I don’t mean to say that each of us has a sinister side, which we wickedly act out in some deep, dark, private world. What I do mean is that we all act differently...
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Israel warns on High Holidays travel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli government has advised Israelis and all Jews to avoid travel to several countries, including Egypt and Turkey, during the High Holidays, a popular time for leisure travel.

An advisory from the Prime Minister Office’s counterterrorism bureau warned that terrorists and terror groups such as al-Qaida...
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At Yom Kippur, a head’s up on chest thumping

By EDMON J. RODMAN

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — On Yom Kippur, when we beat our chests during the confession, maybe we should be knocking instead on our heads. After all, isn’t that where all the trouble starts?

On this most physically demanding of Jewish days, Jewish tradition has us beat...
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Christians and Jews: Faith and forgiveness

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF

Many bible scholars, both Jewish and Christian, make the obvious point that Christianity stresses forgiveness while Judaism gives it a glance, says it’s a nice thing, but then bounces back to justice, which may include punishment for evil doers, not forgiveness. Yom...
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Cheering the tummy after atoning: breaking the Yom Kippur fast

By JAMIE GELLER

(JTA) — Yom Kippur, the most somber day of the Jewish year, is also called the Day of Atonement and reminds us that we are all accountable for our actions. The concept of New Year’s resolutions that mark our secular New Year’s Day comes from the Jewish...
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