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Forget Koufax: My Son Will Play Football This Yom Kippur, And I’m Fine With That

You can be a proud Jew on the gridiron, not only in shul

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Retiree Builds 8 1/2-Foot Statue of Sandy Koufax in His Front Yard

The Hall of Fame lefty, who famously sat on Yom Kippur during the 1965 World Series, had quite the impact on Robert Gaynor of Newton, Mass.

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The Chosen Ones: An Interview With Chemda

The Queens-based podcaster, singer, and author on her love of sleepovers, the importance of women speaking their minds, and the illusion of tradition

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How Yom Kippur Saved Me From the Trauma of a Notorious Nationals Collapse

The ‘Nats lost to the Giants in 18 innings during Yom Kippur in 2014. Thankfully, I was depleted from the holiday before it was time to suffer with the rest of D.C’s faithful.

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Five Readings For Yom Kippur

Let Leonard Cohen, T.S. Eliot, and more, inspire some contemplation

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The Year I Skipped Yom Kippur Services

After my best friend died of complications from HIV, I avoided synagogue and found sanctuary in my mother’s house instead. And that’s where I found a space to atone, and a path to move forward.

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In Defense of Kapparot

After years of avoiding the jarring ritual, I’ve realized there’s no substitute to its terrible beauty

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The Double Yizkor

What a son’s suicide—and his grandfather’s Holocaust experience—taught one family about life

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Forgiveness Is Not a Gift You Give Yourself

The High Holidays are a time for apologizing. But when it comes to getting forgiveness in return, that’s up to the people you’ve wronged.

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Meow to Apologize to Your Cat, via the Rambam

This Yom Kippur, consider the pawsome advice of Maimonides, whose take on saying sorry can be purrfectly applied to your pets

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Dread, Prayer, Hope, and Forgiveness

Yom Kippur in Israel is a complicated yet often peaceful time. But the specter of violence is always felt.

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Embracing Aristotle at Yom Kippur

When we recite Unetaneh Tokef at High Holiday services, we take a lesson from the ancient Greeks about what to do when life gives us lemons

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To Begin Again

When I found out I was pregnant, I had mixed feelings. The Jewish holidays helped me navigate the difficult emotional journey that followed.

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After 70 Years, the United Nations Recognizes Yom Kippur as an Official Holiday

One of America’s most prominent anti-Israel activists claimed that recognizing the Jewish holiday would ‘increase global anti-Jewish sentiment’

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My Dog Brought Me Back to Synagogue

When my dachshund Ginger died, I went to services to mourn—and it gave me a new appreciation for Judaism

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It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Yontif

In Israel, the specter of the Tishrei Holidays—from taking care of my kids to planning an errand to, well, anywhere—looms large

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A Holy Commonality

This year, Yom Kippur and Eid al-Adha—a day of fasting and prayer, and a day of feasting and celebration for Muslims, respectively—overlap

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Thou Shalt Not: Yom Kippur and Sexual Assault

A new book about America’s rape culture provides some perspective on the High Holiday passage Leviticus 18, which is light on punishment for perpetrators

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Koufax’s Yom Kippur Decision

It’s been 50 years since the M.V.P. lefty sat out on the holiest day of the year, then pitched the Los Angeles Dodgers to the 1965 World Series title

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Yom Kippur in a Buddhist Monastery

I thought I’d left Judaism behind during my spiritual retreat in India. Think again.

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The Yom Kippur Fast, in Amy Schumer GIFs

The Emmy Award-winning comedienne helps us through the experience of not eating for a day (gasp)

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Better Late Than Never

I’m sorry for the things I did all those years ago

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The Traveler’s Prayer

Stuck in a parking lot, I finally found forgiveness—and forgiveness found me

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Hey Jew: The Beatles Meet the Chosen

No, the Fab Four weren’t Jewish, but the ‘Fifth Beatle’ Brian Epstein was. A writer who covered the 1964 American tour remembers Yom Kippur in New Orleans, John Lennon’s Hitler salutes in the hotel, and Paul McCartney at the bima.

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I Forgive You, I Forgive You Not

What happens when Yom Kippur stops being formulaic and starts getting real?

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A Yom Kippur Break-Fast Menu Worth Fasting For

Recipes from The New Kosher: Simple Recipes to Savor and Share

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Parenting Advice From Susan Sontag

With the High Holidays and school year in full swing, one of our foremost Jewish intellectuals lays out ten tenets—initially for her son—for taking care of your kids

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High Holiday Safety for Jews of Color in NYC

As systemic racial injustices continue to plague black Americans, non-White Jews should attend shul with their eyes wide open

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