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Understanding the Jewish High Holy Days

Understanding the Jewish High Holy Days

Samuel L. Boyd , Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Jewish Studies, University of Colorado BoulderPublished September 1, 2021

Over the next few weeks, members of the Jewish faith will observe the High Holy Days in the month of Tishrei in the Jewish calendar, usually in September and October. These holidays commemorate concepts such as renewal, forgiveness, freedom and joy. As...

Menu ideas for breaking the Yom Kippur fast

Menu ideas for breaking the Yom Kippur fast

By Margi Lenga Kahn, Special to the Jewish LightPublished September 24, 2020

Yom Kippur is our opportunity for t’shuvah, for repentance. I have always thought of this special holiday as a spiritual journey, a time to recognize our shortcomings, to find the good in each of us, to recognize the importance of caring for others...

One suggestion for marking the Day of Atonement is writing down your intentions for the new year. Photo: Vikas Kumar/EyeEm/Getty Images

Not going to synagogue or fasting? You can still observe Yom Kippur.

By Arielle Kaplan, Alma via JTAPublished September 26, 2019

Much to my mother’s dismay, I’m not fasting on Yom Kippur and I’m not going to synagogue. Why? Because I don’t believe in God. But despite my lack of faith in a higher being, I take the High Holidays very seriously.For those who need a refresher,...

Anna Dardick

Ashamnu: A meditation on immigration for Yom Kippur

By Anna DardickPublished September 27, 2018

Indeed, we and our Jewish community have sinned.We have become guilty of ignoring pleas of detained and separated families; instead, we have prioritized personal and political comfort in our homes and synagogues. Though we have historically survived from...

Charred Cauliflower with Yogurt-Tahini Spread. Photo: Michael Kahn

Go international to break the fast

BY MARGI LENGA KAHN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHTPublished September 14, 2018

To serve an assortment of small plates to begin or even comprise an entire meal is a strong tradition throughout the world. There are tapas in Spain, meze in Turkey and Greece, antipasti in Italy, banchan in Korea, and salatim in Israel, which, according...

Orthodox Jewish girls performing the kapparot ceremony in Jerusalem, Oct. 10, 2016. (Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)

Nine things you didn’t know about Yom Kippur

By MJL Staff, My Jewish Learning via JTAPublished September 14, 2018

Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, starts at sundown on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Traditionally one of the most somber days on the Jewish calendar, it’s known for fasting and repentance — not to mention killer caffeine withdrawal headaches.However,...

Pumpkin Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

A Yom Kippur break-fast with just a bit of bling

By Shannon Sarna, JTAPublished October 7, 2016

For many families, the Yom Kippur break-fast is a bagels and schmear-filled inevitability — just add some lox, maybe some slices of tomato and orange juice, and everyone is happy.For other families, the break-fast is one of the most important meals...

On Yom Kippur, atoning for our online sins

Edmon J. RodmanPublished October 6, 2016

We are probably all candidates for a keyboard confession this Yom Kippur, JTA columnist Edmon J.Rodman writes. (Pexels)(JTA) — If you’re like me, you blog, read and share a lot of political stuff. But who really reads these posts and articles all...

Persian Herb Omelet

Persian traditions flavor Yom Kippur cooking

By Margi Lenga Kahn, Special to the Jewish LightPublished September 16, 2015

For many American Jews, the meal breaking the Yom Kippur fast features tables laden with lox, bagels and cream cheese; kugels or blintzes: fruit-jeweled Jell-O molds; and coffeecakes. We simply assume that this is the standard menu for all Jews returning...

Rabbi Roxanne Shapiro

D’var Torah: The ‘time out’ remedy

By Rabbi Roxanne J.S. ShapiroPublished April 25, 2012

The double portion Tazria-Metzora is abundant with everything we need to know about dealing with skin diseases and bodily infections. Offering us more than a search on the Internet, we are taught not only the signs of these diseases, but how we should...

Talkin’ baseball: Jewish Major Leaguers and why we care about them

By Peter Ephross, JTAPublished March 22, 2012

NEW YORK -- Nearly all fans of baseball history have heard of Hank Greenberg. Most have heard of Al Rosen. But fewer have heard of Cal Abrams, and hardly any, it’s safe to say, have heard of Lou Limmer. All four are members of a compelling team -- the...

Poll: Most Israeli Jews keep kosher, practice some Sabbath rituals

JTAPublished January 30, 2012

More than four of every five Israeli Jews believe in God and three-quarters of Israeli Jews keep kosher, according to a survey. The study, conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute's Guttman Center and paid for by the Avi Chai Foundation, also found...

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