High Holidays

When the warrior and poet chose not to kill his sworn enemy.

Benjamin Goldschmidt
Sept. 15 2021 12:01AM

Apart from Kol Nidrei, no High Holy Day prayer is better known than Un’taneh Tokef. But there’s a puzzle at its heart.

Sept. 14 2021 12:01AM

God’s first creative proclamation was “Let there be light,” so it might seem that the day came first. But then why does the Bible say that “it was evening and it was morning?”

Sept. 1 2021 12:40AM

Rabbis are sending the message that religion is simply a lens for politics.

Rebecca Sugar
Aug. 30 2021 12:01AM

On the overuse of ḥag same’aḥ and the redundancy of gut yuntif.

Oct. 7 2020 12:01AM

This week, we dig through the archives to bring you excerpts from our best conversations on faith, mortality, tradition, obligation, and sin.

Sept. 25 2020 12:02AM

The product of a millennium of tension between law and folk tradition.

Oct. 23 2019 12:01AM

To avoid that fate, rabbis and synagogues might begin by acknowledging where and how Judaism differs, and proceed from there.

Oct. 3 2018 12:01AM

Synagogues may no longer be stuffy and hidebound, but contemporary changes utterly transform for the worse the powerful experience of the Days of Awe.

Sept. 26 2018 12:01AM

Today’s liberal Judaism may or may not have struck the right balance between tradition and change; but that’s a conversation worth having.

Sept. 17 2018 12:01AM

Unless they feel personally welcome, non-traditional Jews won’t care to own anything at all of the tradition.

Sept. 12 2018 12:01AM

From a naïve confidence to an enduring hopefulness.

Benjamin Sommer
Sept. 6 2018 12:01AM