Yom Kippur

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

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

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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

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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

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"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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

Two Movements, One Marriage

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If not for an intuitive friend and a holiday picnic, the couple’s story, teeming with memories from their home in Baltimore and excursions to...

For Many Israeli Teens, Eve of Yom Kippur Is Night of Forbidden Love

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SHOHAM, Israel — Ely Cohen topped off his all-white outfit with a few spritzes of cologne. At sundown, the start of Yom Kippur, such anointments...