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
No, the Fab Four weren’t Jewish, but the ‘Fifth Beatle’ Brian Epstein was. A writer who covered the 1964 American tour remembers Yom Kippur in New Orleans, John Lennon’s Hitler salutes in the hotel, and Paul McCartney at the bima.
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Because sometimes 'Shanah Tova' just isn't enough