Yom Kippur

Forgiveness lies deep in our hearts

By Jonathan Wittenberg, September 13, 2013

Forgive us, and help us to be forgiving.


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.


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.


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.


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!”


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.


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.


A pogrom conducted by Jews

By Jonathan Freedland, September 27, 2012

You've probably had your fill of atonement for this year. You'd be forgiven if you didn't want to think of Yom Kippur for another 12 months.


I'm glad you prayed - a High Holy Days tune

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2012

Boyband The Wanted get the Jewish-makeover treatement with this Yom Kippur reworking of "I'm glad you came".


YomKipTopTips - Top tips for the fast from the JC

By Anna Sheinman, September 25, 2012

The fast is never easy. To make it that bit more bearable, I’ve asked those bastions of Jewish knowledge – the JC staff – to share their top tips on how to make it through. Here’s what they came up with.

Jennifer Lipman, comment editor @JenLipman: