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If Victorious, I Vow To Sacrifice My Daughter—Wait, No! I Didn’t Mean That! Uh-Oh.

Bridging the gap between biblical terseness and the needs of a functioning Jewish legal system

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A D.C. Synagogue’s Game-Changing Rabbi

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf made headlines for coming out as gay this week. He had already transformed the venerable congregation.

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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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Kol Nidre Showed Me What It Means To Truly Belong in the Jewish Community

The Yom Kippur prayer unites everyone who hears it. Twenty-five years after I converted, it still gives me goose bumps.

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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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Jewish Organizations Join DOMA Appeal

The case of Edie Windsor finds allies in the Jewish community

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The Serenaders of Yom Kippur

Who volunteers to sing in the synagogue choir for Kol Nidre? This year, I joined and found out.

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Kol Nidre’s Conundrum

How can you enter a day of moral repair with words on your lips that annul your past and future promises?

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Make Some Noise in Synagogue

Prayer shouldn’t be a spectator sport. So why do so many shuls insist that congregants sit in silence?

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Daybreak: Syrian ex-Premier Says Assad Is Done

Also, Yom Kippur ultimatum to U.S. for commit to Iran strike?

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Sundown: Occupy Yom Kippur

Plus some reading for when you’re not eating

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On the Bookshelf

Playing music: Books on too-expensive concert tickets, the too-Jewish-sounding Simon and Garfunkel, and the just-Jewish-enough Louis Armstrong

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Fusion Confusion

A new CD claims to shine a light on a secret chapter in black-Jewish music history, but the secret is long out

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Sundown: Expanded Fasting Edition

Fayyad’s police, playing on Kol Nidre, and more

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Today on Tablet

Kol Nidres, and more

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Sacred Remake

We may talk of its eternal qualities, but the music of Kol Nidre is forever being made anew

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Melancholy Melody

Kol Nidre gets me every time

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The Festive Meal

When Yom Kippur was a time to eat, drink, and be merry

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Yom Kippur FAQ

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Day of Atonement