Wednesday, June 3, 2015 Sivan 16, 5775

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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David Teutsch
In the powerful Unetaneh Tokef prayer, the High Holiday liturgy proclaims, "Repentance, prayer and tzedakah make the decree easier to bear." It seems clear that acknowledging error and connecting to God would bring spiritual strength that eases difficult situations. But why tzedakah? Perhaps it represents a commitment to making the world a better place. But how much tzedakah should we...
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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
THE JEWISH KITCHEN Sukkot, like Thanksgiving, celebrates a bountiful harvest. The joyful biblical holiday comes right on the heels of Yom Kippur when Jews all over the world will begin to build their sukkahs. These structures are symbolic of the humble booths used by farmers for shelter and shade while harvesting crops. Another explanation is that they symbolize the portable...
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By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
YOM KIPPUR Is this the fast I look for? On Yom Kippur, we Jews imagine our deaths. We spend the day in prayer and contemplation. Some of us wear a kittel, the simple garment in which we will be buried. We turn away from daily pleasures of comfort, including bathing, wearing cosmetics and leather, and any intimate contact. Many of...
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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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