“…on the tenth of the month, you shall afflict your souls and do no work at all…for on that day God will forgive you and cleanse you, that you may be clean from all your sins before God” (Leviticus 16:29-30).How does one “afflict one’s soul”? The o…

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The Memorial Prayer
The Memorial Prayer

According to Jewish belief, when people pass away, they move on to sojourn in the “next world,” to hopefully enjoy the spiritual rewards they have earned from their good acts in “this world.”In the “next world” a soul cannot grow spirituall…

Like the Clay in the Hand of the Potter
Like the Clay in the Hand of the Potter

One of the most metaphoric and beautiful piyuttim (poems) included in the Yom Kippur prayer service is…

Inside Prayer
Inside Prayer

Jewish prayer is a complex, multi-layered activity…

Post Labor Day Whites
Post Labor Day Whites

When is it fashionably acceptable to wear white after Labor Day? On Yom Kippur! Many people have the custom of wearing…

What’s In The Book: Jonah
What’s In The Book: Jonah

The Book of Jonah is one of the best known stories in the Bible because of its powerful message of…

Spiritual Matters
Spiritual Matters

Prepare for Yom Kippur by focusing on spiritual matters.

The Fast of Gedaliah (Tzom Gedaliah)
The Fast of Gedaliah (Tzom Gedaliah)

The Fast of Gedaliah is observed to commemorate the murder of…

From Holy God To Holy King
From Holy God To Holy King

On Rosh Hashana, God judges the world (and all the people therein), but their fates are not sealed until…

Tashlich
Tashlich

The Rosh Hashana tashlich ceremony is a tradition that is dear throughout the many diverse Jewish communities. Tashlich literally translates as…

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