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Yom Kippur: Heroes & Villians

Jonah and the Whale On the afternoon of Yom Kippur, while many families are resting at home before coming back to synagogue for the concluding service of Neilah, the Book of Jonah is read. Everyone knows about Jonah and the whale. But the Book of Jonah, says a lot more about Jonah and G-d than […]

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Yom Kippur: Laws & Customs

Since the first of Elul, more than a month before Yom Kippur, all of the customs, traditions, introspection, prayers, even foods, have been a kind of dress rehearsal for Yom Kippur: the day Jewish fate is sealed. Preparation for Yom Kippur begins the day before: Atonements: The ancient custom of Kapparot, or atonements, used to […]

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Yom Kippur: Religious Meaning

There must be a reason why so many Jews who do not observe other Jewish holidays and customs, put everything on hold for Yom Kippur. What is so special about this holiday that stops Jews in their tracks and makes them take off work and school, freeing themselves of all other commitments, until the holiday […]

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Yom Kippur 101

Yom Kippur, the Sabbath of Sabbaths, is observed the tenth day of the Hebrew month of Tishri, September or early October in the secular calendar. The first Yom Kippur took place after Moses returned from his second trip to Mt. Sinai with the replacement set of tablets containing the Ten Commandments. He had broken the […]

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