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Yom Kippur

Many pairs of hands forming hearts

The waning of summer's warm days signals the arrival of the Hebrew month of Elul. It's a time to contemplate the approaching Days of Awe and how best to prepare for them.

Rabbi Sharon G. Forman
Man in black shirt pointing at smiling emoji, not at the sad or middle-of-the-road emojis.

Several times during the year, the Jewish calendar places joyous and challenging holidays near each other. What lessons we take from this juxtaposition?

Rabbi Joel Mosbacher
worn baseball glove holding baseball in foreground; wooden baseball bat in back

The start of baseball season reminds me that as a young boy in Southern California in 1965, I thought only one thing when I heard the word “hero”: Sandy Koufax.

Jared Goldin
Phases of the moon arcing across the sky; full moon in the middle

Although we may think time moves in a linear fashion, Jewish holidays insert themselves in unexpected moments and places, seemingly out-of-sync with our expectations.

Rabbi Sharon G. Forman
Adult holding small child joyfully overhead with sunset in the background

On Rosh HaShanah it is written; on Yom Kippur it is sealed. But there’s an awful lot that happens in the middle.

Jenifer Newmark
Blue circular tunnel with white light opening at the end

During the 10 days of repentance and especially on Yom Kippur, we struggle with ourselves, shedding our flaws and the parts of our spirit that detract from our holiness.

Rabbi Sharon G. Forman
Two crossed Bandaids over a patch of brick wall

Now more than ever, we need spiritual voices of all faiths teaching us messages of justice and compassion. From a Jewish religious perspective, what does "repairing the fallen walls" mean?

Rabbi Fred Guttman

To devote ourselves to an accurate accounting of the soul, it is customary to refrain from five specific activities related to our bodies on Yom Kippur.

Jane E. Herman
Two sets of hands/arms clasped across a lap in a gesture of support

As the blast of the shofar awakens our souls this High Holiday season, so, too, can it awaken us to the pleas of people who suffer with mental illness.

Rabbi P.J. Schwartz
Fishing shack on the water with damage from a hurricane

For one rabbi, silence at this season of renewal is an appropriate way to start to rebuild and shape our world after Hurricane Irma.

Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs

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