Yom Kippur

A New Way to Prepare for the High Holidays

I’m advocating a new angle on Heshbon Nefesh, ‘soul’s accounting’, that we do in preparation to the High Holidays of ...

Yom Kippur 2014

Everything you need to know about Yom Kippur 2014.

Happiness is Contemplation

Passover ended less than a week ago. Many Jews say that Passover is our favourite holiday. And why not? On ...

Yom Kippur: All-Souls Day

Do people change? As human beings, are we not the sum of our unique genetic make-up and the equally unique ...

Welfare is a Jewish Value

On Sunday I read a very moving Op Ed in the New York Times by Larkin Warren entitled, “I Was ...

Break-the-Fast Menu

What’s the best part of fasting on Yom Kippur? Well, BREAK-ing the fast of course! Most American Ashkenazi Jews I ...

Learning to Return to Myself

I remember Yom Kippur when I was 13. I was in synagogue, proudly wearing the  tallit I had been given ...

High Holy Days: Collective Sin, Collective Success

Within the liturgy of Yom Kippur, guilt is assumed to be collective, as we communally recite the sins. That being ...

Why Forgiveness is the Key

In the week leading up to Rosh Hashanah, for our pre-Selichot service study and discussion, I presented the animated shorts ...

Yom Kippur — A Different Read

The High Holidays are nearly upon us, and while it’s wonderful to carve out time for reflection, contemplation and community, ...

Entering the Holy of Holies

Jews read sections of the Torah each week, and these sections, known as parshiyot, inspire endless examination year after year. ...

This is real and you are completely unprepared!

This is real and you are completely unprepared! What? Just the thought strikes panic in my heart. I like to ...