Yom Kippur

Cycling towards affirmation

By Jonathan Rynhold, October 13, 2016

Who will live and who will die?" These words, at the heart of the Yom Kippur prayers, echo across the Jewish world uniting Israel and the diaspora. Yet there is a deep chasm separating the experience of Yom Kippur in the sovereign Jewish state and elsewhere.


Double talk in the Yom Kippur War

By Ahron Bregman, October 7, 2016

Many years have passed but the picture is still clear in my mind. I am sitting at the kitchen table with my mother. She's having chicken soup but I'm not. I'm fasting. Not to eat and drink for a whole day is no easy matter for a 15-year-old, and it's just past two in the afternoon. It's Yom Kippur, 1973, Israel. Then someone is calling my mum's name from under our balcony. I recognise the voice.


Become an angel for a day - by fasting on Yom Kippur

By Rabbi Gideon Sylvester, October 6, 2016

Can you picture a photograph of yourself as an angelic young child? One in which your face bursts with innocence and excitement.


TV station red-faced over Yom Kippur Nazi gaffe

October 1, 2015

A Chicago-based television station broadcasted a news feature on Yom Kippur using a background image associated with the Nazis.

The presenter of WGN TV's feature about Yom Kippur last week sat in front of a photo of the yellow Star of David that the Nazis forced Jews to wear during the Holocaust.


Animal rights activists campaign against chicken-swinging in New York

By JC Reporter, September 30, 2015

The strictly Orthodox custom of swinging a chicken around one’s head as a way of purging sin ahead of Yom Kippur was the subject of protests and lawsuits in the US during this year’s High Holy Days.


Video game helps children engage with the story of Jonah

By Josh Jackman, September 21, 2015

Yom Kippur is not usually a time for fun and games, but one app is going against the trend - in the name of education, of course.

American non-profit company G-dcast has created Jonah Run, an app which teaches children the High Holy Day story of a rebellious prophet through an infinite runner game.


Fast well, and carefully, warns diabetes charity

By Rosa Doherty, September 17, 2015

Jewish diabetics have been warned to consult their doctors and their rabbis before they embark on the Yom Kippur fast.

Diabetes UK said prolonged fasting could cause sharp falls or rises in the levels of blood sugar glucose.

"This can be very dangerous for people with diabetes, as can the increased risk of becoming dehydrated," said the charity's clinical adviser, Libby Dowling.


Israeli Arabs lent quiet cars for Yom Kippur

By Nathan Jeffay, October 7, 2014

There were fears in Israel that the coincidence of Yom Kippur and the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Adha both falling last Saturday could spark clashes between fasting Jews and feasting Arabs.

In the event, the day passed off peacefully.


UN to vote on recognition of Yom Kippur

By Josh Jackman, October 6, 2014

The United Nations will start debating this month whether Yom Kippur should be an official UN holiday after ambassadors from 32 nations signed a letter in support of the cause.

Countries including America, Canada and Uruguay have formally asked the UN General Assembly committee that Yom Kippur stand alongside Christmas and the end of Ramadan on the UN calendar.