I confess there’s something that’s always bothered me about this time of year, when we put such a big emphasis on reflecting on our mistakes. Why only now? Isn’t this something we should be doing all year? As a community, we certainly do plenty of it, through the very act of...
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Ah, the High Holidays. Time to gather, celebrate, eat, fast, repent and eat some more. But before you can get to any of that, there's another, perhaps less-ancient tradition that takes place a few weeks prior. It's the High Holiday scramble, and anyone without deeply planted roots...
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Adults aren't the only ones planning to ask God for forgiveness during the High Holidays. As the Day of Atonement approaches, youngsters around Los Angeles are already contemplating the mistakes they've made over the past year. Here is what eight young Angelenos plan to repent for...
September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Yossi Mizrachi stood in front of a class of second-graders at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy with a dark, ridged, 4-foot-long buffalo horn in his hand.
"Can we use this for a shofar?" he asked the class, who started cooing in awe at the enormous horn.
"The buffalo is a kosher...
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By the time you read this, it's probably too late for me.
To repent, I mean.
You might be reading this on the day before Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement itself, and by then -- despite all the rabbinic lore of last-minute deathbed confessions and Indiana Jones-style...
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