Sunday, September 27, 2020



Satyrs are Real and other Haiku

And he shall effect atonement upon the Holy of Holies No-one wants to think about Yom Kippur in the middle of a plague. Azazel - fallen angel – We’re...

Thoughts on Atonement at the Age of 94

To be perfectly honest, I’ve never been much of an atoner and now, at 94, it takes an effort to move fast enough to...

Why Kol Nidre keeps calling

Although you are not sure why, you don’t want to be late for Kol Nidre. As the sun is going down, there you are in...

Yom Kippur and Streusel Topping

I’m pretty sure my binge-eating style all started at Yom Kippur. Or birth, but whatever. Anytime I can blame my imperfections on “my people” instead of...

On Yom Kippur, must we ask forgiveness for communal wrongs?

On Yom Kippur, as we focus on our personal faults, how do we acknowledge those shortcomings that are more communal?

Now there’s an app for atonement – meet eScapegoat

The confessions come flooding in at this time of year to the Twitter feed of the atonement app eScapegoat.

Sunday’s protestors sought kaporot concessions

With chants of “Shonda,” and “Shame,” a group of around 75 protestors demonstrated on Sept. 8 in front of two sites on Pico Blvd where kaporot ceremonies were taking place.

In the rabbi’s words: A difficult conversation

The conversation is supposed to begin like this: “Will you forgive me for anything I might have said or done this year that has hurt you?”

Atonement chickens — swung and tossed

A few days before Yom Kippur, thousands of white-feathered chickens land on Pico Boulevard. Not there to be broiled, boiled or fricasseed in any of the nearby kosher restaurants in this predominantly Jewish business district, they nonetheless have arrived in time to be served up.

Israel Police on high alert ahead of Yom Kippur

Israel Police have been holding talks with Israeli Arab representatives in bid to diffuse tensions ahead of Yom Kippur, after the burning of an Upper-Galilee mosque earlier this week. Police hope that calm will be restored in time for Yom Kippur on Saturday.

Author Ian McEwan to receive Jerusalem Prize

British author Ian McEwan was chosen to receive the prestigious Jerusalem Prize. The biennial prize, which will be awarded next month in a ceremony on the opening night of the Jerusalem Book Fair, is Israel\'s highest literary honor for foreign writers. The award is given to an author whose works best exemplify the \"freedom of the individual in society.\"

Courting Forgiveness

As singles, trying on different slippers and hoping for a perfect fit, we have assayed to squeeze ourselves into many an improper shoe during the past year, blistering ourselves and others in the process, becoming callused as we try to move our lives forward.

Playwright’s 2nd look at 1st draft brings ‘Atonement’

\"I was brought up Jewish, but I\'m not religious in the least now, and I\'m sort of the typical secular Jew,\" Hirsch said. Current world events, \"coupled with getting older, being in my 50s,\" have forced him to re-examine his own spiritual values. \"This character in the play is doing that, as well as I\'m doing it now.\"

Feathers fly as fugitive fowl frustrates Pico-Robertson

The case of the fugitive chicken.

What I Really Asked Mel Gibson

Can an alcoholic who was poisoned with his father\'s anti-Semitism use a moment of naked exposure to confront his bigotry? Can he ever hope to cleanse himself of this deeply-seated hatred or is he forever doomed?

Sins the Rabbis Left Out

The writers of the machzor were pretty comprehensive in listing the multitude of sins we commit as a community over the course of the year.

Date of Atonement

At this Sept. 11 anniversary, we as a community are forced to remember where we were one year ago, when the world as we knew it turned upside down, and stayed that way.

17 Years Ago: Taking the Schmaltz Out of Our Food

At sundown on Monday we usher in the happiest day of our calendar, Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. For the next 10 days we\'ll be called upon to reexamine our lives -- to wake up and not only smell the roses, but plant them for other people to enjoy.

Breaking the Fast

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, begins at sundown on Sunday, Oct. 8, during which time a strict fast is observed.

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