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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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Redesigning the Peace Process

Ignoring cultural difference and overestimating politics has left us without a resolution. We can do better.

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Don’t Fear the Reaper

Shielding kids from the Yizkor memorial service, or death in general, is misguided—as children’s books suggest

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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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Days of Awwww

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

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The Penitent of Jenin

Once Israel’s worst enemy, Zakaria Zubeidi forswore violence. He’s now starving in a Palestinian prison.

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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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Susan Feniger’s Break-Fast

Forget bagels and cream cheese. Break the Yom Kippur fast in a new way with recipes from a Top Chef master.