HALLE, Germany (AP) — An attacker tried to force his way into the synagogue in the city of Halle but did not get in as 70 to 80 people inside were observing Yom Kippur, a local Jewish leader said.
(RNS) — A new poem to be recited during services Wednesday (Oct. 9) is just one example of the tangible ways the horrific events of Oct. 27, 2018, are reshaping the American Jewish community.
Religious professionals screw up in all sorts of ways. Forgive them.
(RNS) — Modern technology has brought the idea that a higher power is always watching — and has a recording device handy — to life.
(RNS) — The fearsome possibilities meditated in the High Holidays prayer Unetanah Tokef strike an elegant balance between predetermination and free will. Here, a version annotated for our times.
(RNS) — Long a source of revenue for synagogues and a tool to manage the rush of holiday-time visitors, the ticket system is a victim of the times.
(The Conversation) — Judaism encompasses a wide range of beliefs, and the ethical core of its upcoming holidays transcends religious doctrines and embodies universal ethical truths.
BOSTON (RNS) — At a time of year when people who rarely attend show up, or when people show up for the first time, balancing friendliness and safety becomes especially tricky.
(RNS) — In one of the most significant developments in religious history, slaves cast aside passivity and servitude using a biblical story that is central to Jewish worship. It's time for America to complete that story with atonement in the public square.
Paul Simon is now homeward bound. Aren't we all?
(The Conversation) — The Jewish practice of abstaining from food on Yom Kippur is out of step with the rest of Jewish tradition, which in its religious and cultural guises has always revolved around food.
JERUSALEM (RNS) — At the High Holy Days, a season for contemplating personal failings and achievements in the year past can be a time to take stock of financial practices and relationships too.
(RNS) — We must renounce the politics of division, and even run the risk of losing an election, losing power, losing office to instead raise up our fellow Americans.
The current Supreme Court nominee says he didn't do it. The Judeo-Christian is chary with forgiveness for those who don't repent.
Women just want someone to listen. And not just women.