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Sep 18, 2018, 1:13 PM
Reflect, repent, but don’t berate yourself
Jewish holidays revolve around historical events, so why doesn't Yom Kippur?
Sep 18, 2018, 2:35 AM
The skeptic’s kaddish for the atheist, 7
Last Shabbat was Shabbat Shuva, which is the Shabbat between Rosh HaShanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), and a member of the community shared a brief drasha (words of Torah) with the kehila (congregation) on Friday evening. To my mind,...
Sep 18, 2018, 2:26 AM
A Yom Kippur Lesson Dad Taught Me on His Deathbed
I was close to heaven two years ago, on the night before Yom Kippur. I slept on a rickety cot in a Brooklyn hospice, alone with my terminally ill dad and the experience was unexpectedly transcendental. My dad has been...
Sep 17, 2018, 11:49 PM
Let’s Abuse Animals for Our Sins
First off all, just so we’re on the same page, let’s say the definition of Kapparot is, “The tradition of atoning for your sins on Yom Kippur by swinging a chicken above your head while it’s still alive.” Why do...
Michael S. Diamond
Sep 17, 2018, 7:40 AM
The Golem at the Threshold: Nitzavim
Rav Ram Nissan ben Krishna HaKohen Tzedek Gadol, the last of the line of high priests of the Temple, now in perpetuity since the Redemption, teetered on wobbly legs as he stood facing east on the Temple Mount with...
Sep 17, 2018, 6:40 AM
Rosh Hashanah Has Nothing to Do with Tikkun Olam
In the lead-up to this High Holiday season, amidst the sermon preparations of many rabbis, a popular Jewish topic, Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), has risen to the forefront of Jewish media coverage. When asked whether he would participate...
Sep 16, 2018, 10:37 PM
Do You Forgive Me?
You probably know this exchange well: A friend or relative, one you might not even have spoken to for the better part of the year, calls on Erev Yom Kippur to wish you a G'mar Chatimah Tovah, and then...
Sep 16, 2018, 10:07 PM
Change of Plans
Le-zecher nishmat Ari Yoel Fuld, HY"D You know that tomorrow, you will wake up, get ready, go to work. You know what errands you will run after, and how harried you may feel with so much to do right before...
Sep 16, 2018, 2:23 PM
A Stronger Diaspora Connection to Israel
This past summer, I had the opportunity to spend 6 weeks in the United States. While I have traveled back and forth between Israel and the US many times, this was the longest that I spent in the States...
Alieza Salzberg Yizhar
Sep 16, 2018, 10:39 AM
‘Mommy, I want honey now, a lot of honey!’
The judgement of Rosh Hashanah, the mercy of Yom Kippur, and parenting during the 10 Days of Repentence