Yom Kippur

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The Pope’s Poorly Timed Arrival

Did the Vatican consider that Pope Francis will arrive in the U.S. on the holiest night of the Jewish year?

Our Human Mission to Redeem History

The Jewish New Year calls us to assess our lives, acknowledge damage done, and begin to rebuild.

This Weekend, it’s All About the Goats

Three religions. Three holidays. Three common denominators: Goats, sacrifice, and prayer.

Jewish High Holy Days Explained

All you need to know about the upcoming Jewish holidays so you can holler “L’shanah tovah!” without looking like a shmendrick.

Ready to Fast? Consider These Five Things First

Ramadan and other religious traditions invite believers into a difficult but rewarding journey.

A Jewish call for justice for prisoners in solitary

(Matt York/AP) For many of us in the Jewish community, the long-awaited breaking of the Yom Kippur fast signals the … Continued

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My virtual Jewish congregation

Jewish congregations have come late to the potential of reaching live audiences through multimedia.

Yom Kippur’s magic

Ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Hassidic sect Vizhnitz gather on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean sea as they participate in a … Continued

On Yom Kippur, praying mightily for Syria

A Free Syrian Army fighter mourns at the grave of his father, who was killed by what activists said was … Continued

The Days of Awe and the years of horror

Sept. 3, 2013A worker removes notes from the cracks of the Western Wall. Workers cleaned out the cracks Sunday and … Continued

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High holidays for Jewish atheists

I commemorate this time of year partly due to my Jewish tradition, but also because I want to help change that tradition into a more godless one.

The Moroccan-Jewish experience and why I have hope for peace in the Middle East

Secretary of State John Kerry has made it his personal mission to revive peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine. Yet … Continued

Yom Kippur in Israel: Immense quiet

Oded Balilty AP An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man holds a chicken during the Kaparot ritual, in which it is believed that … Continued

Forgiving Todd Akin

AP Todd Akin speaks in Jefferson City, Mo., on Aug. 10. Missouri Rep. Todd Akin has vowed to stay in … Continued

Why we (still) need the Catholic Church

Cindy Yamanaka, AP Laura DeRosa of Mission Viejo, center, prays at the Mission Basilica in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. on … Continued

On campus, a move to end religious holidays

Every year it’s the same story: Another person, group, or institution attacks the observance of religious holidays in the name … Continued

How President Eisenhower should be remembered

In a genuine spirit of bipartisanship, Republicans and Democrats should all be able to agree that General Dwight David Eisenhower … Continued

In Diwali celebrations, Hindus assimilate in America

Christmas, Yom Kippur and, increasingly, the Eid celebrations after Ramadan are ingrained in the national consciousness as days of significance. … Continued

Robert Downey Jr.: Forgive Mel Gibson

Chris Pizzello AP Actor Robert Downey Jr., left, accepts the 25th American Cinematheque Award from presenter Mel Gibson during a … Continued

At Sukkot, internalizing God

The holiday time is a process and experience of internalization of God as the core and goal of our lives, … Continued