Issues 10:06 A Jewish Believer and Atonement

A Jewish Believer and Atonement

An Orthodox-turned-agnostic Jew finds complete forgiveness for his sins.

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Would God Forgive?
Topics: yom kippur

It was Yom Kippur. I was twelve, and I was fasting for the first time. I woke up early that morning, feeling especially holy and begging my parents to hurry and get dressed. I wanted to be in synagogue to spend the day praying and fasting like other Jews. We sat side by side in…

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Jonah’s Prayer

In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry. You hurled me into the deep, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me….

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos
Topics: vaysechvoos
Author: Susan Perlman

It was Erev Yom Kippur in Vaysechvoos and Duvid, son of Chayim-Meyer the bookbinder, was excited. And why shouldn’t he be excited? For the first time in his young life, he would be allowed to daven with his father in the front of the synagogue. No more sitting in the back behind the scrim, listening…

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