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Yom Kippur

Some 68,000 secular and religious Israelis to pray together on Yom Kippur

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Some 68,000 Israelis are expected this year to eschew Yom Kippur services in a traditional synagogue setting and gather at community centers for free, public holiday services.

“Praying Together on Yom Kippur” services will take place in 350 venues throughout the country, including cultural centers, school buildings and libraries. There will be 18 venues in Tel Aviv alone.

The annual program is organized by the Tzohar Rabbinical...

Tens of thousands of Jewish worshippers pray at Western Wall on eve of Yom Kippur

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Tens of thousands of Jewish worshippers gathered at the Western Wall in Jerusalem for the final selichot, or penitential prayers, before Yom Kippur.

The services began after midnight on Tuesday morning, and brought worshippers from around the country.

Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Tuesday and lasts for 25 hours.

In Israel, the country grinds to a halt. All stores and shops close, and public transportation ceases...

OP-ED: Can we keep Trump out of Yom Kippur?


( – Whether U.S. President Donald Trump deserves to be impeached or not, with Yom Kippur just around the corner, the question on my mind is: How much should we allow politics to take over our holiest day of the year?

That thought first occurred to me when I read a High Holiday message from the Reform Jewish Movement dated Sept. 3.

“As we begin the month...

God’s Prayer – and ours


At the beginning of the Talmud, in tractate Berachot, there is a curious question — What is God’s prayer? The Rabbis answer that God prays, “May My mercy overcome My anger.”

When our tradition speaks of God, it is also teaching something about humanity. For this is a version of our Yom Kippur prayer. No individual is composed entirely of mercy, or of kindness, or of...



Like much of Jewish prayer, the confession of sins recited on Yom Kippur is conspicuous for its use of first person plural: Ashamnu, Bagadnu, Gazalnu – “We have sinned, We have trespassed, We have robbed….” Al Cheit She-Chatanu – “For the sin which We have committed….”

The plural formulation protects us each from public humiliation. We list the full range of sins together, rather than...

OP-ED: What working as a prosecutor has taught me about Yom Kippur

(Editor’s note: The author is an active prosecutor in a major U.S. city. Due to the nature of their work, they must write anonymously. )

(JTA) — The court officer calls out the calendar number and reads the docket into the record. The defendant, accompanied by his attorney, enter the well. The judge and the  prosecutor are there already, waiting. The defense attorney states his name for the record, as...

The Mask


My friend, Herb, likes to get an early start. On the golf course, he stands 20 feet in front of the tee. When he eats out, he brings a drink from home so he doesn’t have to wait for a turtle-speed server to bring one. And as the months slip by before the High Holidays, he uses a similar philosophy.

Why wait...

Rabbis Explore Themes of Yom Kippur


“I have swept aside like a cloud thy transgressions.” Merciful in its authority, ethereal in its imagery, and intimate in its address, this line, uttered by God to the people of Israel in the Book of Isaiah, resounds with the chief concerns of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in the Jewish calendar. Also referred to as the “Day of Atonement”...

Area Yom Kippur observance

(Holiday begins at sundown, Tuesday, September 18)

Btesh Family Chabad House (Orthodox) Kol Nidre 6:45 p.m. Morning service/Shacharit 10:00 a.m. Yizkor 12:30 p.m. Minchah service 5:00 p.m. Neilah 6:15 p.m.

Congregation Anshe Sfard (Orthodox) Kol Nidre 6:45 p.m. Morning service/Shacharit 9:15 a.m. Yizkor 12:00 p.m. Minchah 5:15 p.m. Neilah 6:15 p.m.

Congregation Beth Israel (Orthodox) Kol Nidre 6:30 p.m. Morning service/Shacharit 8:30 a.m. Yizkor 11:00 a.m. Mussaf 12:00 noon Class...

Israeli equestrian rider withdraws from world championships due to conflict with Yom Kippur

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JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli equestrian rider has withdrawn from next month’s world championships because the competition will take place on Yom Kippur.

The International Equestrian Federation event, which will take place this year in North Carolina, is a prelude to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, where Israel’s equestrian federation hopes to compete for the first time.

Israeli rider Dan Kramer sent a letter earlier this...