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Posts Tagged ‘Yom Kippur’

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The Day After Simchat Torah

By Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple There are three views about the day after Simchat Torah: “I’m glad it’s all over. Synagogue Season knocks you out!” “I enjoyed it. Being in touch with your religion for a month is great!” “I don’t take it seriously, just an occasional passing nod!” You encounter any or all of these…

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The Jewish Jack Of All Trades

By Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple In the haftarah for Sh’mini Atzeret, Solomon blesses Israel and says, “Let your heart be whole with the Lord your God” (I Kings 8:61). To understand what it means to let the heart be whole, an analogy is called for. Think of physics. The physicist used to know more or less…

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Weekly Torah Portion – The Dwelling That Unifies

Parshat Chol Hamoed Sukkot: Exodus 33:12-34:26; Numbers 29: 26-31; Ezekiel 38:18-39:16. Sukkot is the Festival of Joy. Throughout the holiday, four times a day, we refer to Sukkot as the time of our happiness in our prayers. What exactly are we so happy about? And, how did Sukkot, or any of the holidays, get to…

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Let’s Talk About Yom Kippur Real Fast

Sponsored by The Lash Lounge In my hangry (hungry and angry) state whilst wrangling mildly repentant children on Yom Kippur, I got to thinking. Surrounded by saltines and raisins (the meager rations provided to the small humans), I thought about how fasting, abstaining from something, does not (outside of Yom Kippur) need to be an unpleasant…

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A Promise To Yeni

A Promise To Yeni Rabbi Josh Whinston of Temple Beth Emeth in Ann Arbor gave the following sermon on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish New Year. He and Michigan Support Circle’s Rosalie Lochner met while giving an interview on Michigan Radio a few months ago, at the time that immigrant families separated…

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Embracing the Metallic – High Holiday Season

After Orbiting Into A New Year went online two weeks ago, I looked at it and scoffed. I thought, This is a load of crap! No one would want to read this. But after a day or so of feeling worthless, I shared on social media in spite of my self-deprecating thoughts. And when I…

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Yom Kippur – Online Confessions

AtoneNet.com allows you to apologize anonymously — but does it really allow you to atone? Technology affects nearly every aspect of life today, so why not the Day of Atonement? With Yom Kippur nearly here, some Jews comfortable with using the internet have taken to confessing or apologizing for their sins or shortcomings on an…

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U.S. Army Lt. Col. Rabbi Allan Blustein, left, blows shofar at a service during the 1960s in Europe.

Yom Kippur – Military Holiday Duty

How those in the military balance the High Holidays with their responsibilities. The challenges of getting ready for the High Holidays. Maybe, in your case, it’s the added stress of preparing Rosh Hashanah dinner for a house full of guests or the ordering of the right-sized deli tray for the break-fast. Then there’s the pressure…

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Rosh Hashanah – Holiday 101

Myjewishlearning.com Did you know these facts about the Jewish New Year? Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, starts at sundown on Sept. 9. It’s known for apples dipped in honey, record synagogue attendance and as the kickoff to the Days of Awe, which culminate on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. We’re guessing that even the most…

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Recovery Month 2018

September — a month of fresh starts and transitions. Kids (of all ages) going back to school, seasons changing and, for Jews, the High Holiday season with Erev Rosh Hashanah on Sept. 9. September also highlights a different type of fresh start or transition. Since 1989, September has been recognized as National Recovery Month. Sponsored…

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