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"The problem began," at this point Esther's voice is lowered into almost a whisper, "when my wonderful daughter met a man whom she planned to marry—and he wasn't Jewish..."
In 1951 my father, Rabbi Moshe Greenberg, was twenty years old and a prisoner in a Soviet labor camp in Siberia. That Yom Kippur, he faithfully prayed all the day’s prayers. All, that is, except for Kol Nidrei.
Orthodox. Conservative. Reform. Reconstructionist. Secular. Religious... Where did all these labels come from? Did Moses organize the people around Mt Sinai in accordance with their denominational affiliations?
Are you home for Yom Kippur and unable to attend synagogue? You may wonder, what kind of Yom Kippur can it be by myself? Rabbi Ashkenazi shares a powerful story that gives new perspective for these challenging times.
Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement, when we are closest to G‑d and most connected to the essence of our souls.
Your friendly guide to the Yom Kippur services.
A friendly step-by-step guide to the synagogue services, starting with what to wear and where to sit, and ending with the shofar blast and the breakfast.
Kol Nidrei
In medieval Spain, Jews were forced at sword-point to swear that they would abandon Judaism. Once a year, they would gather and formally cancel any such vows, past or future.
Here’s your chance to rethink some things that “everyone knows” about the holy day.
How a Cantor Gets Ready for the High Holidays
Preparing for his yearly stint as a High Holidays "chazan," Cantor Aryeh Leib Hurwitz of Brooklyn talks about what it takes to pray for a congregation of a thousand.
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