Yom Kippur

Maybe Buddhism gets it...

By David Robson, September 27, 2013

In her very enjoyable biography, published this week, the actress Rula Lenska talks about her adherence to a Japanese form of Buddhism where if you want or need something to happen you chant for it and it often comes to pass. How well the want-chant success rate stands up to statistical examination I cannot say. What I do know is that it’s very different from the Jewish way.

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Yom Kippur roof collapse

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 23, 2013

YOm Kippur prayers at Manchester's Holy Law Synagogue brought the house down after part of the ceiling collapsed, narrowly missing congregants in the ladies' gallery.

A number of chunks of plaster fell during the morning service at the Prestwich synagogue, thought to be a result of a leaky roof, repairs to which were part of its Kol Nidre appeal.

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One Direction's Harry Styles fasted on Yom Kippur

By Sandy Rashty, September 15, 2013

One Direction fans received a surprise Yom Kippur message from boy band member Harry Styles.

The floppy haired pop star, 19, who is not Jewish, told fans that he planned to fast this year.

Before Kol Nidre came in on Friday night, he tweeted: “Eating as much as I can now. Gonna be a tough 25 hours.

“My problem is I am always hungry straight after kol nidre.

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Forgiveness lies deep in our hearts

By Jonathan Wittenberg, September 13, 2013

Forgive us, and help us to be forgiving.

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How Yom Kippur can silence the wounding tongue of Satan

By Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum, September 13, 2013

Jews do not often talk about Satan and hell, but Yom Kippur has a surprising and meaningful relationship to the demonic. This is not surprising given that it is the day on which we loudly list our sins over and over again by reciting the Ashamnu and Al Chet prayers.

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Why mine is a Yom Kippur fast made to last

By Josh Glancy, September 13, 2013

The evenings are darkening, the football season has begun in earnest, and Yom Kippur approaches. It’s the one day that all practising Jews present themselves at synagogue, wearing canvas shoes and a slight grimace. Many of us view the day with real trepidation: 25 hours without food or drink.

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Rosh Hashanah wishes from the PM

By Zoe Winograd, August 23, 2013

The Jewish community has received early Rosh Hashanah greetings from British political leaders.

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eScape goat, for Atonement, the digital way

By Anna Sheinman, August 15, 2013

If atoning before Yom Kippur really gets your goat, a newly launched online tool might be just what you need.

The eScapegoat invites users to write about their sins in no more than 120 characters, acting as a modern-day version of the scapegoat set loose into the desert by Israelites. As the website puts it, it is: “Like in Bible times, only nerdier!”

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We speak, they act

July 4, 2013

Forgive us, please, if we blow our own trumpet. Last week we reported that Leonard Cohen was due to appear in concert in London on Yom Kippur and in Leeds on Rosh Hashanah. There was, not surprisingly, disquiet - to put it mildly - that so iconic a Jewish artist could appear on those of all dates. The JC speaks - and icons listen.

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Leonard Cohen reschedules tour dates out of respect for Yom Kippur

By Jennifer Lipman, July 2, 2013

Leonard Cohen has changed the date of two upcoming UK concerts to avoid clashing with the high holy days.

The Canadian Jewish star was due to perform on second night Rosh Hashanah in Leeds, and on Yom Kippur at the O2 in London.

Fans expressed their disappointment in last week's JC, and urged the singer to reschedule.

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