Sunday, July 31, 2016 Tammuz 25, 5776
By:
Linda Morel
“Nineteen people?” my husband said. “Where are you going to put them all?” Last year, I invited more people to break the Yom Kippur fast than I could seat around tables. While my heart expanded to include everyone, unfortunately my walls are rigid. I decided to serve dinner buffet style. Yet I worried that this pivotal meal, a transition from...
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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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By:
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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By:
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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