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Yom Kippur 5778 – Empathy in Troubling Times

October 16, 2017
Kaepernik-Boyer

Many of us were shocked by what happened in Charlottesville in August. The ADL describes the scene: Marchers threw Nazi salutes as they waved swastika flags, proudly wore swastika pins and shirts, and shouted “sieg heil!”  A sign carried by rally-goers warned that the “Jewish media is going down;” another declared that “Jews are...
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Kol Nidre 5778 – The Heart in Prayer

October 8, 2017
Heart in prayer

Kol Nidre. Here we are at the opening service of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. We have a big crowd; it’s one time a year when even if there were a Crimson Tide football game, attendance wouldn’t be down much. Or at least I like to think that attendance wouldn’t be down much....
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Yom Kippur 5776 – Purify Our Souls

September 22, 2015
Golden Ball

“My God, the soul that you have given me is pure. You created it, You formed it, You breathed it into me; You keep body and soul together. One day You will take my soul from me, to restore it to me in the world to come…” Every day Jews begin their day with...
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Yom Kippur — The Day Atones

October 4, 2014
Yom Kippur — The Day Atones

Yom Kippur atones only for those who repent.  Rabbi says: Yom Kippur atones whether one repents or one does not repent. …Talmud, Shevuot 13a On Yom Kippur, the day itself atones… as it is written, For on this day, it shall atone for you.  …Mishneh Torah, Laws of Repentance...
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Yom Kippur…better with age

September 27, 2012
Yom Kippur…better with age

Judaism has several “kids’ holidays.” Chanukah with the gifts. Purim with the costumes. And many families also make Passover “family friendly” by doing stuff like interactive plagues. Yom Kippur, on the other hand, is definitely NOT a kids’ holiday. Not only that: I think to really appreciate Yom Kippur, to really get the full...
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Blanket Forgiveness

September 21, 2012
Blanket Forgiveness

We’re in the midst of Aseret Yemei Teshuvah, the Ten Days of Repentance. The time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur when we have our “last chance” to do teshuvah, repentance, for the things we did wrong last year. The last chance to try and fix things up with both our fellow man and...
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