Yom Kippur is typically observed by fasting.
On the Day of Atonement, members of the United Orthodox Synagogues will face a poignant time of reflection.
The call exposed a fissure within the American Jewish community on how to approach relations with the White House.
The Jewish holiday cycle is not just a series of individual holy days and festivals. Holidays are linked to one another to
Early in my Jewish immersion, a.k.a. getting to know Karen’s family, I greeted my future brother-in-law with a hearty “Happy
Yom Kippur, the Jewish holiday of repentance, had barely been over for 14 hours and I was already fighting with my husband. Has my Teflon-coated mind not retained a single shred of serenity? Repentance? Determination to be better? To do better?
There's a song that's included in the children's Yom Kippur service at the synagogue where I work, as I imagine in many more around the world, as well, titled It's Better to be Better. The staff and I (and I'm sure the congregants who attended the children's service) have had it in our heads and often jokingly will respond to requests or comments with, "it's better to be better!"
"The human catastrophe in Syria keeps getting worse. The world cannot accept the slaughter of innocents and I hope our prayers
God is ready to turn the page on a New Year, not just for the Jews, who are ushering in the year 5777. This New Year is for all of us, every faith, every culture, every person. God knows we all need a New Year, as this one was so full, too full, of name-calling and violence and despair.