Yom Kippur

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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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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