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Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is the holiest, most solemn day of the Jewish calendar. On it, our fates for the coming year are metaphorically sealed; actually, there’s a grace period through the 7th day of Sukkot, Hoshana Rabbah. Yom Kippur is clearly described … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur

In biblical Hebrew there are about 20 different words which denote “sin.” That’s from an article in the Jewish Virtual Library, with lots of sources.  Yes, it’s almost Yom Kippur.  This is the culmination of the Ten Days of Penitence, at the … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur 5778

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year, the day on which our fates for the coming year, which had been written in a book on Rosh Hashanah, are sealed. [Even medieval rabbis interpreted this metaphorically.  And there’s a grace … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur 5776

Yes, it’s time for Yom Kippur.  I sent out a couple of links about fasting last year but at the last minute, so here they are again:    “The science of Yom Kippur fasting” and “14 tips to make the … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur

I am assuming that this is the last year for 1-888-OOPS-JEW and Stephan Colbert’s Atone Phone.  On the air, the Atone Phone plays Hava Nagila as a ring tone and Colbert says, “Shalom, how have you wronged me?” I called … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur (Lev. 16:1-34; Num. 29:7-11; Lev. 18)

I have grown to appreciate Yom Kippur over the years.  Part of that is due to eliminating caffeine-withdrawal headaches.  And fasting is much easier than, for example, in my first year in grad school, when I fantasized about what flavor … Continue reading

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