Repentance, prayer, and charity, we are told, are our saving graces when Yom Kippur comes around. And, of course, confession is a big part of that trifecta. But do we still get the coveted brownie points if that confession took 30 years?
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.
How could I honor my father’s memory without denying how I felt about him? A ‘Yizkor’ prayer helped me find a way.
Published in 1860, Cora Wilburn’s groundbreaking book ‘Cosella Wayne’ was recently rediscovered by historian Jonathan D. Sarna, and is coming back into print
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.
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.
As it gains popularity as a social event, the meal that ends Yom Kippur can sometimes eclipse the holiday itself—but ultimately, it reinforces our sense of community
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