Yom Kippur

“A Man Is Entitled to His Belief”—Why Sandy Koufax’s Act of Faith Still Resonates Today
It was “an act of conscience, principle and even peaceful disobedience.”
Religion in Comedy—Where Do We Draw the Line?
When you want to bring up a faith that’s not your own, you better know what you’re talking about. You better be accurate, and you better not side with a bigot. History tells us a lot of the biggest wars came from misunderstanding—or not tolerating—another’s faith.
The Lesson of Yom Kippur: Anyone Can Make a New Beginning
The lesson of Yom Kippur is that all of us—no exceptions, no excuses—can change for the better.
Will the Coming Year Be Sweet or Bitter? It Is Up to Us
The meaning of the call remains the same, however. The end of a year and the beginning of a new one are a time for reflection, remembrance and, many hope, redemption. In contrast to the festivities and jollity of January 1, the Jewish New Year traditionally is the date that God decides the fate of mankind for the coming year. For 10 days after Rosh Hashanah individuals have the chance through good deeds and prayer to change God’s decision, which isn’t made final, sealed and complete until Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
Jewish New Year Marked Around the Globe
The 10-day period encompassing Rosh Hashanah (the New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) is a time for reflection and a facing of one’s deeds over the past 12 months. It is a time as well when one resolves to be better in the coming year—to be kinder and more respectful of one’s loved ones as well as strangers.
STAND Denounces Heinous Act of Anti-Semitic Bigotry in Central Germany
Friday, 12 months later, mourners arrived at the synagogue to mark the anniversary of the attack, only to discover that memorials for the victims had been defaced with swastikas.