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  • The sin of slander

    September 12, 2012 | 2:37 pm

    V’al chet she-hatanu l’fanekha bil’shon ha-ra, “And for the sin we have committed before You through slander” — over the course of Yom Kippur we say these words over and over again as we recite the Viddui (Confessional) quietly to ourselves and then aloud communally. As we say...

  • Confessing our sins

    September 12, 2012 | 2:32 pm

    Few prayers are as well known to Jews as Ashamnu (“We have sinned ...”) and Al Chet (“For the sin ...”), the twin confessions of Yom Kippur. Belief in human sinfulness is more central to Judaism than we think. Sin may not be “original,” as it is in Christianity — inherited from...

  • The Madoff Family Continues Their Deception

    By Ilana Angel

    November 4, 2011 | 8:36 am

    I certainly feel sorry for Ruth Madoff that she lost her son Mark, but with that said, I think his blood is all over her hands.  As I sat watching her, and her other son Andrew on 60 Minutes, I found myself getting angry.  I did not believe what either one of them said.  Something is...

  • Yom Kippur Dilemma

    By Gina Nahai

    October 1, 2008 | 11:15 pm

    Is it just me, or does Yom Kippur seem to arrive earlier and more frequently these days?

    I feel like I've barely had time to recover from one when the next one's announced, and then I have to toughen up and refrain from saying things like "oh no, not again," in front of my kids,...

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  • The very best Tashlich custom is a toss-up

    By Rachel Heller

    September 25, 2008 | 2:43 am

    On paper, the Rosh Hashanah ritual of Tashlich is about doffing one's sins to start the new year with a clean slate. For Jason Mauro, 16, it's also about beach football.

    Every year since he was 8, Mauro and his friends at Temple Israel of Hollywood have marked the afternoon...

  • PETA slams N.Y. kapparot ritual [VIDEO]

    August 27, 2008 | 12:45 am


    PETA anti-kapporot video


    NEW YORK (JTA) -- For the second year, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has complained about the High Holy Days ritual of swinging a chicken over one's head, a sin-transference ceremony.

    In a letter sent Monday to the New York agriculture...

  • Your Basic High Holiday FAQ

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Every year they roll around, and every year you're not quite sure what to do. Go ahead, ask us. After years of answering readers' questions, we've compiled the most frequently asked ones below:

    Why do synagogues charge for High Holiday tickets?

    Hate to say it, but this is the most...

  • Guilty of Being Too Guilty

    By Lori Gottlieb

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Yom Kippur reminds me of the time I spent in couples counseling with a serious boyfriend. My boyfriend believed he could be cruel or invasive or dishonest, but as long as he copped to his "sins" once a week, he'd be absolved (especially if he used bogus touchy-feely phrases like "I'm...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In the Wrong

    In the third book of the Torah, Leviticus, we learn a lot about the Levites, who were the priests in the Tabernacle; we also learn about the different sacrifices for different types of sins. If you committed a sin on purpose, you brought one kind of sacrifice; if you did...

  • Start the Sin Cycle

    By Elliot Fein

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Here we go again: the Yom Kippur confessional is upon us, our annual alphabetical recitation of our sins and transgressions, from ashamnu to ti'tanu, from avarice to xenophobia and zealotry. The list never changes; the question it poses, somewhat tediously, is whether we have...

  • Small Sacrifices

    By Rabbi Avrohom Czapnik

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    This week, we begin "Vayikra," the first book of Leviticus, the third book of the Torah. This section of the Torah is filled with many fascinating and important Torah concepts that we can relate to, including the laws of lashon hara (the prohibitions against speaking ill of others),...