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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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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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My New Year’s Resolution: Improvement Not Perfection

If you’ve read some of my blogs related to Sukkot and Tu Bishvat or articles in the InterfaithFamily article archive, you know that the environment is an issue that my family and I care deeply about. We have an organic vegetable garden, use earth-friendly cleaning products and buy local meats and produce whenever possible. We […]

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Who Was I to Judge?

I admit it – I was raised to think that intermarriage is wrong. It has taken awhile but I now am embarrassed by some of the comments I might have made when friends told me they were marrying someone who wasn’t Jewish. I was insensitive. On this Yom Kippur, I want to ask for forgiveness […]

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What Deathclock.com and Yom Kippur Have in Common

Not long ago I was sitting at my computer playing around on the Internet and I found myself at deathclock.com, which bills itself as “the Internet’s friendly reminder that life is slipping away … second by second.” All you have to do is enter your date of birth, your gender, your “mode” (whether you’re normal, […]

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Transgression, Repentance and Forgiveness on the Tennis Court

I had no intention of writing two posts on the High Holidays, but something happened the other day while playing tennis with Sammy that was in sync with the spirit of the season. Sammy has been playing tennis since the age of four. He has progressed from group lessons to private lessons twice a week. […]

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Reflection: Preparing Spiritually for the High Holy Days

Resources to help you start preparing spiritually for the High Holy Days, through reflection, taking stock of your year and thinking towards next year.

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Can Someone Be Too Evil To Convert?

If the essence of being a good Jew is being a good person, should rabbis turn down bad people who want to be Jewish?

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Celebrating the High Holy Days with Kids

With suggestions for sharing the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with kids of all ages, from talking points and crafts to getting through services.

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High Holy Days: the Basics

Our booklet explaining the High Holy Days, what to expect, their customs and traditions, from Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur.

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