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Miraculous Architecture of the First Temple Leads to Religious Sectarianism in the Second

To the Talmudic rabbis, a miracle is more plausible than the notion that their sources were incorrect

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The Talmud’s Yom Kippur, With Sacrifice and Blood, Is Nothing Like Jewish Ritual Today

The rabbinic tradition arose from the fact that the Bible doesn’t tell us what we need to know to lead our lives

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Is Halloween the New Yom Kippur?

According to Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, maybe…

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A New Kind of Mikveh In New York City

Revitalizing the mikveh experience for a new generation of Jews

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D.C. Synagogue Hosts Displaced Federal Workers

Plus Israel asks U.N. to recognize Yom Kippur, and more in the news

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A Jewish Prisoner Discusses Repentance

Incarcerated since 2001, David Arenberg says he’s found a renewed sense of purpose—and a new connection to Judaism

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Breaking the Fast With a Cambodian Rabbi

David Adollah, who grew up in Phnom Penh, says God came to him in a dream

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After Hurricane Katrina, A Solemn Yom Kippur

In 2005, I spent Yom Kippur with Beth Israel Congregation in New Orleans

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Never-Fail Honey Cake For the High Holidays

Break the Yom Kippur fast with this easy recipe

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A Yom Kippur Playlist for 5774

Featuring Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, and Idan Raichel

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A Yom Kippur Ritual I Can’t Give Up

Kapparot with a chicken is jarring and upsetting, but I do it every year

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500 Days of Protest in Ann Arbor

On Yom Kippur, anti-Israel group celebrates 10th anniversary of shul picket

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On Behalf of the Jews, Please Accept These Yom Kippur Apologies. Please.

We gave the world Anthony Weiner and Michael Bloomberg, and even our holidays screwed up everyone’s summer

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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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The Story Behind NBC’s Historic Yom Kippur Broadcast on the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Seventy years ago, two marketing geniuses harnessed the power of mass media to bring Jews into the American mainstream

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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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Worshippers, a Love Story: Understanding the Jewish People’s Relationship to God

As we contemplate our connection to the Divine on the High Holidays, we should recall the reciprocal love at the heart of Judaism

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Learning Judaism as a Native Language Requires More Than Synagogue Once a Year

Becoming fluent in your own religious tradition is like playing an instrument or a sport: It takes time, dedication, and practice.

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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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A Great Thinker Rediscovers His Judaism on the Day of Atonement

Jewish philosopher Franz Rosenzweig was set to convert to Christianity a century ago. Yom Kippur services changed his mind.

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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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Israeli Tennis Team Gets Fined for Yom Kippur

13,000 reasons why it doesn’t feel like 2013 yet

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Prospect Park Cries ‘Fowl’ on Chametz Tossing

What hath Brooklyn Jewry wrought?

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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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#Trending: High Holiday Tweets and Texts

To reach the kids, services are adapting to include technology

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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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