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Can I Work and Observe Yom Kippur?

Laura struggles with how to observe Yom Kippur when she has to work

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How My Interfaith Marriage Improves My Own Catholic Faith

Why celebrating Yom Kippur this year enriched my observance of Ash Wednesday

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Expressing Gratitude During the High Holidays

By Jessica Tobacman Rosh Hashanah—also known as the “birthday of the world”—is fast approaching. Soon we’ll celebrate the world’s big day with a round birthday cake of challah and apples, with honey on the side. Common birthday gifts include standard prayers sung to melodies old and new, and foods that are as old as our […]

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An Inclusive Holiday Wish

My Facebook feed tends to get filled with rabbis and other Jewish professionals’ lives. This is the circle I run in. Around the holidays, lots of these people offer well wishes to their Facebook friends. “To all my Jewish friends, may it be an easy fast.” What’s wrong with this statement? Anything? Am I too […]

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Fasting on Your Wedding Day

By Sam Goodman Ash Wednesday fell this past week.  The holiday marks the beginning of Lent, a period of penance, fasting, and abstinence in the Catholic faith, as well as many other Christian denominations. Ash Wednesday is one of the two days during the liturgical year that Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 […]

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My First Yom Kippur

I had heard about fasting and all the rules and I was not at all sure I should be participating in this serious holiday I knew very little about.

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Sin, Confession and Fasting: Teaching about Yom Kippur

Outreach experts tell parents in interfaith families how to introduce Yom Kippur to their children

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Symbols and Rituals: Fasting on Yom Kippur

The ins and outs of fasting on Yom Kippur

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Fast for the Body, Food for the Spirit

She doesn’t enjoy it, but she gets a lot out of fasting on the ninth of Av.

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