yom kippur

Do Jews Believe in Sin?
Author: David M.

What does Judaism say about sin? Is sin relevant to Jewish life? Read here.

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The Ultimate Scapegoat
Author: Josh Sofaer

Someone has already taken the blame for all of our wrongdoing. But we must acknowledge him as God’s scapegoat, the atonement for our sins.

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Bored and Hungry: Why Millennials will be Falling Asleep in Services this Yom Kippur

When a third of Jewish Americans born after 1980 describe themselves as having no religion, how many of us will make an appearance at temple for the High Holidays this year?

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The Yom Kippur I Will Never Forget
Author: Jason Meyerson

A young Jewish man who loved arguing about religion was ready to dismantle the arguments of Jews for Jesus.

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The Shocking Truth About Yom Kippur

In Judaism we take on the issue of sin once a year at Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. We break away from the busyness of life and take a hard look at our transgressions and mistakes which we’ve committed throughout the year.  We fast and go to synagogue and repent of our sins and…

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Christ in the High Holidays

This month, the holiest days of the entire Old Testament calendar will be observed in Jewish communities around the world. They are the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement, otherwise known as the High Holidays.* God commanded Israel to have “a holy convocation” on both of these days (Leviticus 23: 24, 27). It…

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Yom Kippur and the Jewish Athlete
Author: Matt Sieger

We are proud when a Jewish athlete succeeds, but a few have gained even more respect for refusing to play ball on the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg recalled his 1934 decision: Both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur came in September… and since we were in the thick of…

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A Jewish Prayer for Repentance

We thought you might like to see excerpts from the prayer that Stan Meyer mentioned in his article. Jewish people the world over will be reciting this on Yom Kippur (which begins at sundown on September 27). Our God and God of our ancestors! Let our prayers come before You and do not hide Yourself…

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! The Jewish New Year, that is. It’s September, the end of summer, the beginning of school, and— according to the Jewish calendar—the 5769th year since God created the heavens and the earth. On the Gregorian calendar, Rosh Hashanah (literally head of the year”) spans 24 hours, commencing at sunset on September 29….

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The Akedah in Jewish tradition

Jewish tradition has much to say about dying so that another might have forgiveness. This page focuses on Jewish traditions about the Akedah. The Hebrew word akedah” means “binding” and refers to the well-known story in Genesis 22, in which God commands Abraham to offer up his only son Isaac as a burnt offering. Abraham…

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Yeshua, Yom Kippur And You
Author: Stephen Katz

Yom Kippur can be somewhat of a conundrum to Jewish believers in Yeshua. Do we fast and confess our sins like the rest of the Jewish community or do we rejoice in the knowledge that we’re forgiven in Messiah? I remember my first Yom Kippur as a new believer. I had received the Lord in…

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Would God Forgive?

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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Passover: The Season of Our Redemption

We have just celebrated Pesach. Melodies such as "Chad gadya, chad gadya" and the smells of bubbe’s matzo ball soup reminded us that once again the calendar pages had arrived at the 14th of Nisan: a time to remember our deliverance—a time to recall our rescue from Pharaoh and Egyptian slavery. Pesach is a happy…

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New Beginnings

A message given by Dr. Douglas Nelson during the High Holidays at the Reform Jewish Congregation, Temple Beth Shalom in San Juan, Puerto Rico on September 13, 1985. I was so very pleased to receive your cordial invitation to speak this evening. It is an honor to address you on this joyful occasion. I appreciate…

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The Yom Kippur Dilemma
Author: Rich Robinson

If you journeyed back in time 3,500 years and saw Jewish life as our forefathers lived it, you would be astounded at how vastly it differed from today’s practices. Instead of synagogues and Jewish community centers, you would witness a tent-like tabernacle, or at a later date, Solomon’s magnificent Temple. And whether it were Temple…

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Dayenu at Yom Kippur
Author: Avi Snyder

Dayenu” on Yom Kippur? Whoever heard of such a thing! We sing, “Dayenu” at Passover, not on the Day of Atonement. But in one sense, Dayenu is appropriate on Yom Kippur. Dayenu is a Hebrew word which means, “It is sufficient for us; it is enough.” And on Pesach, we declare, “Dayenu!” in grateful response…

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A Father’s Love: The Binding of Isaac

During the High Holiday season, the story of the binding of Isaac—known as the Akedah—is read in the synagogue service. This account, found in Genesis 22:1-18, is considered by many to be the pinnacle event of he Jewish faith, a perfect example of one man’s devotion to God. We agree, yet we affirm that this…

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A Jewish Believer and Atonement

I still remember vividly the Day of Atonement from my tenth year. Though I was not yet bar mitzvah, I insisted that I, too, would fast and take part in the synagogue services, despite my parents’ objections. After all, I wanted my sins forgiven! With childish zeal, I entered into all that made up the…

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Would God Forgive?

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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Shofar
Author: Jean Zeller

To those who haven’t heard it, the blast of the shofar is hard to describe in terms other than primitive,” “harsh,” a “bellowing or trumpeting,” and it awakens in the hearer a primitive awareness of a reality beyond himself. It speaks with a commanding, demanding sound. Not a note to comfort, it creates an uneasiness,…

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