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Generations of Atonement

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.

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Chicken Blood Is Everywhere!

The moral and legal case against kapparot

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A Yiddish Deer in the Headlights

The story behind the old Yiddish saying ‘like a chicken in children of man’

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Yom Kippur When You Aren’t Fasting

Breaking the tradition of fasting

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My Grandfather’s Yom Kippur Ritual—and Mine

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.

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The Apology Episode: 5779 Edition

Episode 150: A viral video villain repents; a recovered addict’s long road to brotherly redemption; and a look at the year’s best and worst public apologies in time for Yom Kippur

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Where’s My Apology?

It’s the time of year when Jews traditionally apologize … but what if you’re the wronged party?

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Judaism and the Art of Bicycle Riding

A mountain-biking trip brings unexpected lessons before Yom Kippur on not dwelling in fear and, instead, focusing on what we have the power to rectify.

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Myth and Meaning

In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study, the ancient rabbis take personal ownership of their Torah interpretations, as they map the spaces that separate the holy from the mundane

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The Yom Kippur Surprise Of A Lifetime

The Landau brothers sat in synagogue and atoned while what they believed to be an unremarkable painting belonging to their grandparents was auctioned for over $1 million

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‘Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins’ Is the True Story of Hanukkah

Bookworm: So what if the festival of lights has some magic?

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Jews, the Smartest Stupid People on Earth

An amputated leg, a bitten-off penis, a 600-pound wrestler, and the great tonsil riot, among other examples of humanity’s glorious ineptitude, in ‘Bad Rabbi: And Other Strange But True Stories from the Yiddish Press’

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Elie Wiesel’s Secret

A little-known Yiddish manuscript upends our idea of the secular saint of human suffering

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Breaking the Fast

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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I’m Sorry

Episode 106: Our third-annual Yom Kippur apology show, with clemency advocate Mark Osler, apology blogger Ari Kohen, and a personal story from podcaster Vanessa Zoltan

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Jerry Lewis Did Kol Nidre in Clown-Face on Yom Kippur, May His Soul Find a Shining Piece of Paradise

Rokhl’s Golden City: The Jazz Singer, and a legendary klezmer drummer bubbe

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Forget Koufax: My Son Will Play Football This Yom Kippur, And I’m Fine With That

You can be a proud Jew on the gridiron, not only in shul

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Retiree Builds 8 1/2-Foot Statue of Sandy Koufax in His Front Yard

The Hall of Fame lefty, who famously sat on Yom Kippur during the 1965 World Series, had quite the impact on Robert Gaynor of Newton, Mass.

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The Chosen Ones: An Interview With Chemda

The Queens-based podcaster, singer, and author on her love of sleepovers, the importance of women speaking their minds, and the illusion of tradition

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How Yom Kippur Saved Me From the Trauma of a Notorious Nationals Collapse

The ‘Nats lost to the Giants in 18 innings during Yom Kippur in 2014. Thankfully, I was depleted from the holiday before it was time to suffer with the rest of D.C’s faithful.

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Five Readings For Yom Kippur

Let Leonard Cohen, T.S. Eliot, and more, inspire some contemplation

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The Year I Skipped Yom Kippur Services

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.

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In Defense of Kapparot

After years of avoiding the jarring ritual, I’ve realized there’s no substitute to its terrible beauty

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The Double Yizkor

What a son’s suicide—and his grandfather’s Holocaust experience—taught one family about life

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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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Meow to Apologize to Your Cat, via the Rambam

This Yom Kippur, consider the pawsome advice of Maimonides, whose take on saying sorry can be purrfectly applied to your pets

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Dread, Prayer, Hope, and Forgiveness

Yom Kippur in Israel is a complicated yet often peaceful time. But the specter of violence is always felt.

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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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