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Yom Kippur

Black and white photo of Mr. Rogers putting on his jacket before leaving the set of his show. Included in the photo are lyrics to the song, "Won't You Be My Neighbor"

If you attended worship services at a Reform congregation anywhere in North America during the last month or so, chances are good you heard a sermon about Mister Rogers.

Rabbi Audrey R. Korotkin, Ph.D.
Hands holding up a globe

Each year, the voice that speaks to my soul about the contrast between the inward focus of Yom Kippur and the outward thrust of Sukkot grows louder and louder.

Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs
Woman in a sweater standing on a beach with her back to the camera

This poem was written by a freelance writer, dreamer, and poet who is currently exploring the story of her Jewish ancestry and identity.

Lisa Rothman
Two birds soaring in a bright blue sky with clouds and sunshine in the background

It’s wonderful and deep that on Yom Kippur, the section of the Torah read in many Reform congregations commands us to choose life. How, exactly, does one choose life?

Rabbi David Seidenberg
Woman playing the cello

For most North American Jews, the haunting melody of Kol Nidrei surely is the piece of liturgy that best represents Yom Kippur, prompting us to delve deep into our souls.

Cantor Deborrah Cannizzaro
Four pairs of hands forming the outline of a heart

Inspired by Yom Kippur services in 5778, this poem reflects one writer's view of the most holy day in the Jewish year.

D.L. Lang
Overhead shot of a person sitting cross-legged on the floor holding a bowl of granola, seeds, and fruit

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish year, but for those of us who struggle with eating disorders or disordered eating, it can be one of the most challenging.

Julia Tortorello-Allen
Silhouette of a man spinning inside a shining vortex as if otherworldly

Who shall live, and who shall die? During this season, it is a topic to which we give much thought.

William Page
Empty plate, clean cloth napkin, knife and fork arranged on wooden background

There are numerous reasons you may not be able to fast on Yom Kippur, but here are other ways to observe the holiday.

Rabbi Ruth Adar
Figure from behind in tee-shirt and jeans, sitting on concrete wall and looking out at a body of water on which the sun is shining through clouds

Poet Stacey Zisook Robinson shares a reflection about the upcoming Day of Atonement.

Stacey Zisook Robinson

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