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Giants’ Geoff Schwartz to Play on Rosh Hashanah

Despite request, NFL schedules opener after start of the High Holiday

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The Convict Synagogue at the End of the World

Australia’s oldest temple was built by Jewish penal colony prisoners in 1845

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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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How Did Simchat Torah Get So Popular?

The festive holiday now overshadows Shemini Atzeret, which has biblical roots

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How Many Rabbis Does It Take To Write a High Holiday Sermon?

For one rabbinic family, the answer is nearly 100

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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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‘Roving Rabbis’ Cater to Jews in Western U.S.

Chabad rabbinic students travel to rural areas with small Jewish populations

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Basya Schechter Mixes Prayer Songs With Brass, Oud, and Radiohead

On a new album, the captivating leader of the band Pharaoh’s Daughter reclaims the music that dominated her religious childhood

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A Jew by Rosh Hashanah

For a convert to Judaism, the Days of Awe mark a renewed commitment—this year more than ever

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Letter-Writing Program Helps Jewish Prisoners Find Hope Behind Bars

My mother has corresponded with inmates for years, offering a sense of community—especially during the High Holidays

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High Holiday Reading from Tablet

A preview of what’s to come over the next few weeks

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A Rosh Hashanah Meal With Meaning

Recipes featuring the Talmud’s five ingredients for a sweet new year

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The Road to the New Jerusalem, Part 2

If Israel and the Holocaust are most Jews’ points of identification, which holidays are really the High Holidays?

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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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A Yom Kippur Ritual I Can’t Give Up

Kapparot with a chicken is jarring and upsetting, but I do it every year

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Vampire Weekend’s Latest Album Is Ezra Koenig’s Guide for the Perplexed

On ‘Modern Vampires of the City,’ the frontman wrestles with Jewish questions, calling to mind a personal Kol Nidre

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High Holiday Services Are Boring. Here’s How We Can Fix Them.

Rabbis and congregants alike have made synagogue dull. But together we can make it more meaningful and more compelling.

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Introducing PREPENT 5774

Daily tools, tasks, and intentions to get you focused and ready for a new year

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Talmudic Pride and Prejudice

This week’s Daf Yomi considers—with Chaucerian verve—whether a rabbinic elite spoke for the Jewish people

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#Trending: High Holiday Tweets and Texts

To reach the kids, services are adapting to include technology

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Days of Awwww

A lesson for Yom Kippur from the loving reception a random transvestite got on the Internet

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Kafka’s Yom Kippur Appeal

A century ago this High Holiday, Franz Kafka composed two masterworks, both informed by his Jewish heritage

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Sundown: Assad Defines ‘Axis of Resistance’

Plus anti-Semitic Elmo is back

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What To Do in 5773

Dr. Ruth, Shmuley Boteach, Mayim Bialik, Shalom Auslander, and 23 more on ensuring a meaningful year

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Not a Sermon, Just Some Thoughts

Today on Tablet

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Talking Points

After the Arab Spring, a summer of Israeli protests, and the Palestinian bid for statehood, what will rabbis say in their High Holiday sermons?

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Holiday in the Hinterland

Once home to Jewish immigrants, a South African city today hosts a very different sort of Jewish practice

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Confessional Notes

An Israeli designer crafts an unorthodox ritual object for Yom Kippur

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Recycling Time

Rosh Hashanah, a reminder of the cyclical nature of Jewish life, provides good lessons for parenting

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Parts of the Whole

In the reflective period of the High Holidays, Tablet Magazine—together with rabbis and writers—considers the debate over Jewish identity and makes an argument for inclusiveness