An amputated leg, a bitten-off penis, a 600-pound wrestler, and the great tonsil riot, among other examples of humanity’s glorious ineptitude, in ‘Bad Rabbi: And Other Strange But True Stories from the Yiddish Press’
A little-known Yiddish manuscript upends our idea of the secular saint of human suffering
Seriously, stop doing this stuff
As it gains popularity as a social event, the meal that ends Yom Kippur can sometimes eclipse the holiday itself—but ultimately, it reinforces our sense of community
Episode 106: Our third-annual Yom Kippur apology show, with clemency advocate Mark Osler, apology blogger Ari Kohen, and a personal story from podcaster Vanessa Zoltan
Rokhl’s Golden City: The Jazz Singer, and a legendary klezmer drummer bubbe
You can be a proud Jew on the gridiron, not only in shul
Let Leonard Cohen, T.S. Eliot, and more, inspire some contemplation
After my best friend died of complications from HIV, I avoided synagogue and found sanctuary in my mother’s house instead. And that’s where I found a space to atone, and a path to move forward.
After years of avoiding the jarring ritual, I’ve realized there’s no substitute to its terrible beauty
This Yom Kippur, consider the pawsome advice of Maimonides, whose take on saying sorry can be purrfectly applied to your pets
Yom Kippur in Israel is a complicated yet often peaceful time. But the specter of violence is always felt.
What would Sandy Koufax do?
When my dachshund Ginger died, I went to services to mourn—and it gave me a new appreciation for Judaism
In Israel, the specter of the Tishrei Holidays—from taking care of my kids to planning an errand to, well, anywhere—looms large
A new book about America’s rape culture provides some perspective on the High Holiday passage Leviticus 18, which is light on punishment for perpetrators
I thought I’d left Judaism behind during my spiritual retreat in India. Think again.
I’m sorry for the things I did all those years ago