Saturday, February 28, 2015 AdarI 9, 5775
Amid these Days of Awe, I remember one of my favorite Torah portions, Nehemiah, which describes how our ancestors celebrated Rosh Hashanah when they returned to Israel from Persia after a long exile. It was a time of rebuilding and renewal, and the people sought inspiration from the words of our prophets. On the first day of Rosh Hashanah, men...
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Lawrence A. Hoffman, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Few prayers are as well known to Jews as Ashamnu (“We have sinned”) and Al Che t (“For the sin”), the twin confessions of Yom Kippur. Belief in human sinfulness is more central to Judaism than we think. Sin may not be “original,” as it is in Christianity — inherited from Adam, that is, as a sort of genetic endowment...
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Mordechai Shinefeld | Je Feature
Protesters chanted, waved signs and marched around City Hall in downtown Philadelphia, a group of Jewish organizers staged an unusual approach to social activism: They davened the Yom Kippur Kol Nidre service. Next to Emlen Etting's abstract "Phoenix Rising" sculpture, and beneath the watchful eyes of helmeted police officers patrolling the street above, some 100 worshipers gathered in a recessed...
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Elyse Glickman | JE Feature
With Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, in the rear-view mirror, many Jewish women still find themselves atoning on a daily basis, especially about what they look like and what food sins they may have committed to get there.
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Sarah Chandler, MyJewishLearning
NEW YORK -- For most adults, the central experience of Yom Kippur is fasting. By abstaining from food and drink, we exercise control over our bodies and do not give in to our most basic impulses. This makes it pretty easy to feel the "affliction" that the Torah mandates. But parents sometimes find it difficult to include children in the...
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