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What Is Shemini Atzeret, Anyway?

We ask the experts about the High Holiday season’s least-understood festival

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A Brief History of a Fowl Custom

Talmudic scholars have never agreed on the pre-Yom Kippur chicken sacrifice

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It’s Never Too Late To Atone

Even if the person you wronged doesn’t remember what you did, it can still make a difference to ask for forgiveness. Maybe.

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App Lets You Atone From Your Smartphone

Inspired by Leviticus, eScapegoat lets users offload sins onto a virtual goat

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Is Halloween the New Yom Kippur?

According to Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, maybe…

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Sorry God

It’s the time of year for apologies, but not everyone has forgiveness on their mind. An argument for not saying sorry until God does.

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Take It Back

A late-night mistake, a ruptured college friendship, and a Yom Kippur apology. Atonement can make things better, if not quite fix them.

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Misjudged

Sixty years ago, I committed a small act of injustice against someone whose name I never knew. This Yom Kippur, I can finally set the record straight.

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Seeing Things

When fast-food-induced hallucinations of Chelsea Clinton precede Yom Kippur, extreme measures must be taken

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First Draft

Envisioning a rabbi’s struggle to write an original Yom Kippur sermon

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In the Rearview

Novelist Darin Strauss talks about living with, and atoning for, a terrible car accident

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Today’s Sorry

Apologies to the barrista, and to fellow commuters

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Today’s Sorry

That whole economic collapse? My bad.

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Today’s Sorry

He knows he shouldn’t make jokes about shul

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Pardon Me

My childhood bullying, and an attempt to atone for it

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Today’s Sorry

Pets and procrastination

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Today’s Sorry

Porn star deserves better

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Yom Kippur FAQ

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Day of Atonement

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How to Atone Like a Child

On Yom Kippur, kids will be kids

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Today’s Sorry

She wishes she weren’t so grumpy

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Reflection 2.0

A High Holidays online service that asks probing questions and remembers your answers

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Today’s Sorry

An apology to mom

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Today’s Sorry

The countdown to Yom Kippur continues: Breaking a promise

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Today’s Sorry

As Yom Kippur approaches: ‘Fido, I owe you one’

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Sorry, Again

There’s no sure way to raise kids who apologize and accept apologies

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Holy Rollin’

From the archives: An illustrated remembrance of High Holidays past

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Say You’re Sorry

And we’ll run it on the site

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