For my mother, a Holocaust survivor, Yom Kippur was wrapped up in remorse, mourning, and suffering. I’ve spent a lifetime rethinking what atonement means to me.
For Yom Kippur, fiction by Nobel laureate S.Y. Agnon, in a first English translation
Every year I perform kapores with money, just as he did in his later years. But once, just once, I tried it with a live chicken.
I’m sorry for the things I did all those years ago
Rabbis and congregants alike have made synagogue dull. But together we can make it more meaningful and more compelling.
Even if the person you wronged doesn’t remember what you did, it can still make a difference to ask for forgiveness. Maybe.
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.
They stole. They murdered. But many Jewish mobsters still saw religious observance as an integral part of their identity.
How to enjoy the traditional meals you love on the High Holidays without sacrificing good nutrition—or splitting your pants