This year, Yom Kippur begins at sunset on Tuesday, October 11 and lasts through Wednesday, October 12. For adults, fasting is the central experience of Yom Kippur. This makes it pretty easy to feel the affliction that the Torah mandates. But how do we include kids, who aren't fasting, in the seriousness of the day?Read More
BasicsYom Kippur 101
Everything you need to know about the Day of Atonement.Prayer Services
Services on Yom Kippur are lengthy and complex.Vocabulary
Key words and phrases for Yom Kippur.What is Sin?
A modern interpretation of sin and repentance.Test Your Knowledge
A Yom Kippur quiz.
Fasting & FoodFasting Details
Who fasts and who shouldn't.Fasting and Spirituality
You are what you don't eat.Why Fast?
Fasting is a physical discipline that translates into ethical behavior.Beet and Potato Fritatta
A recipe for breaking the fast.Custom Cream Cheese
A twist on the classic shmear for your post-fast bagel.
The evening service of Yom Kippur is named after this declaration.The Book of Jonah
Why we read it on Yom Kippur.Neilah
The concluding service of Yom Kippur.Making Synagogue Meaningful
Or, how to survive High Holiday services.A Complete Guide to the History, Prayers and Themes
This book provides historical background and interpretation of the ideas, practices, and liturgy of Yom Kippur.
Repentance & ChangeSin and Repentance
How repentance and confession are related.Repentance
The High Holidays provide a special opportunity to improve our ways.Hating Yom Kippur
How do you confess to a sin without believing in sin?Days of Awe: A Treasury
This classic volume by S.Y. Agnon features meditations and texts to deepen the spiritual experience of Yom Kippur.Confession Heals
God is present after we sin.