All tagged Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur: Corporate Complicity and Collective Confession

Over the past few weeks, the sounds and prayers of the season summoned us to prepare our hearts and actions for the New Year (Rosh HaShana) as we heard the shofar blown across the country, which we witnessed with our presence or heard drifting through our windows from nearby synagogues. This period between Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur is called the Days of Awe and it is a time to remember our individual and collective callings and failings. [1] 

Yom Kippur and Eid-al- Adha: commonalities and differences

Jewish Israel has just passed through the season of the High Holidays. We’ve celebrated the New Year (Rosh Hashanah), which is not really the new year as it’s the beginning of the seventh month of the Jewish calendar, the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) and The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot). These holidays, like the Moslem holidays, are both set according to the lunar calendar, but with differing dates. Israel’s Arab Moslem citizens have just celebrated, Eid-al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice).

The Yom Kippur We All Need and Guilt We All Share

This year I have heard dozens of theories tossed around about the Jewish holiday season, replete with blood moons and shmitas and other “signs,” which may or may not be significant. But I think those things are mere distractions from what is really central to seeing the healing and refreshment that we so desire and often fast for, and the guilt we all share and need to repent from.