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.
The moral and legal case against kapparot
The story behind the old Yiddish saying ‘like a chicken in children of man’
Breaking the tradition of fasting
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.
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
It’s the time of year when Jews traditionally apologize … but what if you’re the wronged party?
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.
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
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
Bookworm: So what if the festival of lights has some magic?
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’
A little-known Yiddish manuscript upends our idea of the secular saint of human suffering
Seriously, stop doing this stuff
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
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
Rokhl’s Golden City: The Jazz Singer, and a legendary klezmer drummer bubbe
You can be a proud Jew on the gridiron, not only in shul
Let Leonard Cohen, T.S. Eliot, and more, inspire some contemplation
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.
After years of avoiding the jarring ritual, I’ve realized there’s no substitute to its terrible beauty
This Yom Kippur, consider the pawsome advice of Maimonides, whose take on saying sorry can be purrfectly applied to your pets
Yom Kippur in Israel is a complicated yet often peaceful time. But the specter of violence is always felt.
What would Sandy Koufax do?