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Vayelech/Yom Kippur

By the Numbers
9 Yom Kippur Myths and Misconceptions

Here’s your chance to rethink some things that “everyone knows” about the holy day.
12 Questions: Take the Yom Kippur Quiz

See how familiar you are with the most sacred day on the Jewish calendar…
Your Questions
Why Beg for Honey Cake Before Yom Kippur?

It is customary to ask for and receive "lekach" (sweet cake -- signifying a sweet year) from someone (usually one's mentor or parent) on the day before Yom Kippur.
Yom Kippur 2022 FAQ
Yom Kippur, “the day of atonement,” is a Jewish fast, held on the day Moses achieved complete forgiveness for the People of Israel after the Sin of the Golden Calf.
Essay
Repentance Is a Scam

Why waste the holiest day of the year dwelling on everything you messed up?
5 Ways to Channel Negative Energy

Why do negative emotions generate so much more energy than positive ones?
Finding the Forgiveness That Had Been So Hard for Me

Recently I realized that my problem was my understanding of what forgiveness is. In my mind, it was conflated with absolution or pardon.
Voices
The Mean Voice Inside Me

Eventually, I grew tired of playing the martyr and blaming Him. I started to wonder if the pain I blamed on heaven was coming from within.
A Blessing, a Miracle and a Farewell

A congregational rabbi shares three remarkable tales, each one demonstrating the miracles embedded within us.
Parshah
The Sweet Song of the Sparks

How the harsh exile depicted in Moses’ speech is indeed a “song”—because there’s so much joy in it.
Conviction or Compromise?

By standing firmly by our principles and convictions we can move forward in life.
"And these are the generations of Isaac the son of Abraham; Abraham fathered Isaac" (Genesis 25:19). There are children who are embarrassed of their parents, and there are parents who are embarrassed by their children. With Abraham and Isaac it wasn't like that: Isaac prided himself in that he was "Isaac the son of Abraham," and Abraham prided himself in that "Abraham fathered Isaac"
— Midrash Tanchuma
Print Magazine

There are times when G‑d shows Himself in all that happens to you.

Then there are times when G‑d hides Himself within all that happens to you.

But He is always there.

It is only that there are times you stand in His light, and other times when you stand in His shadow.

And times when you have no light, no shadow....