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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
A Yom Kippur Love Story

How to listen to the voice of your own heart—advice from a meditation of the Alter Rebbe.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Falsehood has no legs
— Talmud
Print Magazine

Yom Kippur is described in many ways. One very poignant description is that it is “once in a year.”

You see, the human soul is also described in many ways, with five different names, each describing a deeper level of her being. The fifth, deepest level is called yechidah, which means “one and unique.” Yechidah is...