Yom Kippur

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.

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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".

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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:

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Let’s listen to Isaiah and share our bread with the hungry

By Edie Friedman, September 21, 2012

My grandparents escaped from Europe to America for a life free from persecution and poverty. Yet, after one generation, I went back, crossing the Atlantic in the opposite direction for a year of study that became a lifetime.

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On yer bike, it's time to atone

By Benji Lovitt, September 21, 2012

As someone who falls somewhere between the Israeli labels of secular and traditional, my US Jewish roots are steeped in synagogue attendance. Growing up in America, I had to attend shul to be an affiliated Jew, especially on the High Holy Days. Chanting prayers in a language that I didn't understand, I may not have loved it but that's the way it was.

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NW Jew: Yom Kippur — it’s all about the eating

By NW Jew: our shul correspondent, September 20, 2012

One of the disadvantages of being a regular shul-goer is that the rabbi knows me. This means that I am, at this time of year, guilt-tripped into volunteering my time as a steward when extra help is needed to guide members around. Members who can’t remember from one year to the next where the gentlemen’s entrance is, for example.

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To be a Jew is to swim against the current

By Lord Sacks, September 20, 2012

To those who fully open themselves to it, Yom Kippur is a life-transforming experience. It tells us that God, who created the universe in love and forgiveness, reaches out to us in love and forgiveness, asking us to love and forgive others.

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Why Yom Tov need not ruin your Freshers' Week

By Jennifer Lipman, September 13, 2012

It didn’t bode well. We pulled up at the entrance to my university accommodation about seven hours after everyone else.

The reason? Rosh Hashanah, which that year unfortunately coincided with the first day of my Freshers’ Week.

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Ben Stiller's Yom Kippur comedy skit

By Jennifer Lipman, October 11, 2011

The Hollywood star performs on Saturday Night Live hours after the end of the fast, prompting a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory inspired song.

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Boris Johnson tries to blow the shofar

By Jennifer Lipman, October 7, 2011

A masterclass in shofar blowing, from the Chief Rabbi for London Mayor Boris Johnson.

H/T Ruth Gledhill

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