What is Yom Kippur?
( September 29-30, 2017 | September 18-19, 2018 )

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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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Better Late Than Never

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

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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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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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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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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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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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The Traveler’s Prayer

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

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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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Pardon Me

My childhood bullying, and an attempt to atone for it

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In the Story of Jonah, an Urgent Lesson About the Dangers of Solitary Confinement

Isolation didn’t help Jonah find redemption inside the whale. It isn’t helping thousands of American prisoners today, either.

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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.

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You Can Have Your Brisket and Eat It, Too: Staying Healthy for the Holidays

How to enjoy the traditional meals you love on the High Holidays without sacrificing good nutrition—or splitting your pants

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Seeing Things

When fast-food-induced hallucinations of Chelsea Clinton precede Yom Kippur, extreme measures must be taken

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Fast Food

Advice from rabbis and a nutritionist on what to eat when you won’t be eating

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The Festive Meal

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