Yom Kippur

Elizabeth Kern and her son, Sam, pick apples

Celebrating the High Holidays across Baltimore

It’s been another unusual year, but the pandemic didn’t stop the Baltimore Jewish community from celebrating the High Holidays. Whether by baking challah for...
Rabbi Belinsky (David Stuck)

Baltimorean rabbis share thoughts to guide Yom Kippur introspection

Leviticus 16:30 says that on Yom Kippur, which begins this year the evening of Sept. 27, “He will forgive you, to purify you, that...
Eat light before the fast, with small amounts of carbs, some protein and fruit like grapes. (Larry Koester/Flickr)

7 tips for staying healthy during the Yom Kippur fast

By Dr. Tzvi Dwolatzky (My Jewish Learning via JTA) There is a marked difference between the intended feeling of being uncomfortable with not eating or...
an outdoor, socially distanced service

Rosh Hashanah dinner, Yom Kippur break-fast, sukkah hops: How risky are these High Holiday...

When Passover arrived just a few weeks after the pandemic set in earlier this year, it was clear that seders with families and friends...

The Science of Repentance

How well does the Jewish concept of repentance hold up next to modern psychology on personal change?

What Working as a Prosecutor has Taught Me About Yom Kippur

"The criminal justice system, and the modern shift toward rehabilitative justice focused on reforming an offender, has a lot to teach us."

Yom Kippur Dreams

A child’s first breath is as much a miracle for us as it is for the baby. After nine months, oxygen, which previously flowed...

Advocates Help Jewish Inmates Observe Yom Kippur

Given the paucity of resources available, how do incarcerated Jews observe Yom Kippur behind bars? They may lack access to siddurim, mahzorim, a shofar...

Parallels Between Yom Kippur and the 12 Steps

Recovery from addiction is a journey unlike any other. But for those in the Jewish community, some of that journey might seem rather  familiar,...

Repentance, Forgiveness, Relief. Only if It’s Heartfelt

Yom Kippur’s concept of repentance may seem idealistic, or even extreme, for people who like to think they are carrying out their day-to-day lives...