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Build Your Own Sukkah
Build Your Own Sukkah

Webster’s Dictionary defines a tabernacle as a temporary…

All Vows
All Vows

Yom Kippur begins this evening before sunset with the recitation of…

Neilah: The Final Service
Neilah: The Final Service

While one may make requests of God or atone for transgressions at any time of the year, the first ten days of Tishrei (from Rosh Hashana through Yom Kippur) are considered…

The Food of Yom Kippur
The Food of Yom Kippur

Food on Yom Kippur? Isn’t Yom Kippur the most famous fast day on the Jewish calendar?

For The Sin We Committed
For The Sin We Committed

One of the main steps in the process of teshuva (repentance) is confessing one’s sins and verbalizing one’s errors. In so doing, a person admits committing a sin, not so much to anyone who happens to hear, but, more importantly, to one’…

The Five Prohibitions of Yom Kippur
The Five Prohibitions of Yom Kippur

“…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…

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…

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