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Talmudic Tale Presents President Obama With a Yom Kippur Warning

An ancient story about an eager rabbi and a proud butcher offers a lesson in foreign policy

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A Centuries-Old High Holiday Prayer About How Hard It Is To Pray

Making sense of a translation of Rabbi Yisrael ben Moshe Najara's ‘Yanuv Pi,’ which proposes a solution

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Hard To Say I’m Sorry

On a special High Holiday episode of Unorthodox, three stories of how apologizing before Yom Kippur can go right ... or wrong

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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 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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The Study of Law as a Spiritual Act: Finding Truth and Meaning in the Talmud

Two years and 100 columns in to the Daf Yomi cycle, our critic pauses to reflect on its intellectual challenges and delights

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Supreme Court Justice Arrives Late to Baseball Playoff Because of Yom Kippur

Justice Stephen Breyer answers to a higher authority

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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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S.Y. Agnon’s ‘Twofold:’ An Introduction

The 1939 short story appears in Tablet for the first time in English translation

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NY Giant Geoff Schwartz Fasting for Yom Kippur

Injured NFL guard, who will also go to services, says the fast is 'worth doing'

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On the Book of Jonah, and My Mother

Trying to understand this baffling story, which we read on Yom Kippur, gave me insights into my mother's death

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Why Gangsters Who Broke Every Law Still Went to Services on Yom Kippur

They stole. They murdered. But many Jewish mobsters still saw religious observance as an integral part of their identity.

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My Husband Wanted to Break the Fast Early and I Didn’t

A case of how doing what seems wrong can also be what’s right

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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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Taking the Lessons of Yom Kippur Beyond the Synagogue

The Book of Jonah teaches us to reach beyond our own community with the holiday’s message—whether we are accepted or rejected

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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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How To Say You’re Sorry

As Yom Kippur approaches, I’ll share what I’ve learned about how to apologize—and how not to

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Why I Stopped Saying the Unetaneh Tokef, and Why I’m Ready To Say It Again

After my mother died, I couldn’t recite the High Holiday prayer anymore—until I gained a new understanding of its words

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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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Sneaking a Peek at Poetry on the High Holidays

Just because you’re in synagogue doesn’t mean you have to read what’s in the prayer book

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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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In the Days Between the Major Holidays, Little Clues to Jewish Ritual and Life

Talmudic rabbis debate professional eulogizers, trying to strike a balance between the holy and the mundane

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Memorial Day Isn’t Just a Day Off

A new understanding of the holiday from a military perspective

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Talmudic Rabbis, All Men, Admit They Cannot Bring Women Under Their Power

In debating the principles of intentional sin, sages find that pleading ignorance is no defense, even if not all laws can be followed

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In the Talmud, One Sin Is Beyond Repentance: Giving God and Jews a Bad Name

A holy desecration is unethical in part because of the social pressure to reflect well on the tribe

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Some Jewish Acts Seem Meaningless. The Talmud Says You Should Do Them Anyway.

Illogical Jewish laws are ‘matters that Satan challenges’: raising doubts for enemies of Judaism and skeptical Jews

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What Happens When the Talmud Asks, ‘What If?’

Probing hypothetical, metaphysical problems was the rabbis’ way of defining what matters most in Judaism

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The Talmud Pays Little Attention to What Jews Believe, Yet Asks Them To Have Faith

Judaism’s manual of sacred technology prizes holiness over beauty, action over thought, and ritual over belief

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Heartbreaking Rendition of Avinu Malkeinu

Australian-Israeli musician Lior sings songs of compassion in Sydney

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