“Here am I, poor in deeds,” it begins. Where did it come from and, more importantly, what does it say to us?
It wants to stop ultra-Orthodox Jews from slaughtering chickens.
The Nobel-Prize winning Israeli novelist S. Y. Agnon was one of the pioneers of twentieth-century Hebrew literature. He is known for the sophisticated, allusive, sometimes. . .
The custom of swinging a chicken over one’s head on the eve of Yom Kippur, slaughtering it, and giving it to a poor family was. . .
Purim, the most joyous and raucous holiday on the Jewish calendar, has been linked with Yom Kippur, the most solemn and holiest day. Why?
The words entreating forgiveness in the Yom Kippur liturgy suggest that the slate cannot be wiped entirely clean.
Repentance demands not only the recall and the confession of past sins but the willingness to let them go.