Judaism

Everything you need to know about Judaism and being Jewish: the weekly Torah portion, Jewish holidays, Jewish rituals and more.

Yom Kippur: Taking to Israel's open roads on bicycles

Yom Kippur in Israel may be the one day of the year, in the only place in the world, where it’s safe to play on major public roads without having to worry about vehicular traffic.

Yom Kippur: When your birthday falls on the holiest Jewish fast day

In general, feelings toward having a birthday on Yom Kippur range from relative indifference to downright disdain.

A woman walks alone in a park

The loneliness of the long-distance Yom Kippur faster - opinion

I am curious what I might learn if I were to push myself past my comfort zone. Certainly, Yom Kippur does that.

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL / JTA
04/10/2022

Yom Kippur: What is the Day of Atonement, the holiest Jewish holiday? - explainer

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day in Judaism and is a 25-hour long day of fasting and praying.

02/10/2022

Prosbul, Chabad and the Lubavitcher Rebbe: Legal loopholes in Judaism

Even if there was no financial need for a prosbul, there was spiritual valence to its execution because it reflected fidelity to rabbinic tradition and affiliation with the legacy of Chabad's founder

By LEVI COOPER
01/10/2022

Yom Kippur: A snowy day at the laundromat

Isaiah depicts two very different metaphors for whitening our red sins – snow and laundered wool. How do these two metaphors illustrate the experience of repentance? 

By MOSHE TARAGIN
01/10/2022

Yom Kippur: The power of community & collective responsibility

Newly appointed chair of the Jewish Agency’s Board of Governors reflects on why Yom Kippur is an opportunity for gratitude.

01/10/2022

Yom Kippur: The art of ideological repentance

Understanding Judaism cannot be attained in the comfort of observing its laws or studying its texts. It occupies infinite space, beyond the limitations of the human mind and heart.

A look at the synagogues in Nahariya, Israel

One gets the impression through the city’s synagogues that the communities live in the urbane present, though not without a healthy cognizance of their diverse roots.

By JACOB SOLOMON
01/10/2022
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