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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 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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Shemini Atzeret, V’zot HaBracha (Deut. 33:1-34:12), Simchat Torah, Bereishit (Gen. 1:1-6: 8)

Today is Hoshana Rabbah, the 7th day of Sukkot, the very end of the penitential season (according to the Zohar, the decree sealed on Yom Kippur isn’t delivered until Hoshana Rabbah).  Unlike last year, I didn’t make it to synagogue … 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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Behar-Behukkotai (Leviticus 25:1 – 27:34)

Today did not start out well.  I go to services sort of daily (5-6/week) to say kaddish for my mother (if we get a minyan).  Friday services start at 7:30 am.  I woke up at 7:27 (yes, I’d set the … Continue reading

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