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Yom Kippur

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 think the Pentateuch is an Olympic event – regard these holy days with extreme gravity.

Actually, the High Holidays, as...

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 Congress of Cantors, is expected to help lead High Holiday worship services at NJC that begin Wednesday night, September 4...

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 when we are alone, or with a few close intimates, than we act when we are out in public, among...

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 might try to attack Jewish and Israeli targets during the holidays and also on Sept. 11, the anniversary of the...

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 the heart side of our chests, as if to say this is the source of our falling short.

During the...

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 Kippur brings this difference to the forefront.

After all, Jesus brought atonement for mankind’s original sin. Christianity’s ore is the...

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 idea of repentance at the start of a new year.

As we reflect on the mistakes we’ve made over the...

Keeping our word: improving the world

By DASEE BERKOWITZ

NEW YORK (JTA) — Children beginning to acquire language face some amusing obstacles. Confusing basic words is one of them. My son, for example, loved to stretch out his arms and tell me about something that was the biggest or the best “… in the whole wide word.”My heart smiled every time. There was something telling in his mistake.

Jewish tradition is no stranger to the link between...