Yom Kippur

Navigating Through The Holidays

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Last Sunday marked the beginning of Rosh Hashanah and the start of the High Holidays. But in broader terms, it marked the beginning of...

Yom Kippur Without Fasting

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Each sect of Judaism has its own way of observing the Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, but there is at least one custom...

Count Your Blessings

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Based on a verse in the Book of Deuteronomy, the Talmud declares that a Jew should recite 100 blessings a day to adhere to...

At Yom Kippur, A Heads-Up On Chest Thumping

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On Yom Kippur, when we beat our chests during the confession, maybe we should be knocking instead on our heads. After all, isn’t that...

What Is Jewish Unity?

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This year, the Torah portions Nitzavim and Vayelech were read together on Aug. 30. However, Nitzavim is considered to be related to Rosh Hashanah...

One Big Conversation

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“We are One,” say the United Jewish Appeal campaign signs. A friend and colleague remarks, “Really? Isn’t it God that is ‘One’?” So I...

Prescription Or Description?

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A visit to a doctor may turn out with two kinds of statements: descriptions and prescriptions. The medical description is a diagnosis. The prescription...

From Strength To Strength

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Conservative Judaism has always prided itself on being a big tent. There are inherent challenges that go along with this approach, as sometimes trying...

The Challenge of Being One

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There are approximately 14 million Jews in this world, among whom about one million consider themselves Chasidic. The Chasidim are separated into 30 different...

Uncompromised Commitment

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To grasp the Orthodox perspective on Jewish unity requires an appreciation of two fundamental Orthodox beliefs, one of which challenges our religious unity, the...