This Yom Kippur, I’m choosing to ask forgiveness of myself for all of the ways I’ve messed up as a parent this past year.
I feel that there is something artificial and forced about setting aside one day every year for us to admit our mistakes and ask forgiveness from others. This should be done every day! Just feeling that I am “required” to sit in synagogue, pray with more intensity than normal, and pour out my soul to God (or maybe just acknowledging my soul’s existence to myself) makes me feel less motivated to do just that. Yet, this is what Yom Kippur asks us to do.
1. Think of all your sins. Can you really atone for them in one week? Were any of them worth it? Which ones? 2. Be a Jewish fashionista. Count the […]
Don’t just let your cantor and choir sing to you while you sit there and contemplate your life, love, and transgressions, this High Holiday season. Use your voice!
It’s the holiday of looking inward. Of judgment. Of taking an accounting of one’s self and one’s sins. But how to make the holiday meaningful when you’re pregnant and can’t fast?
The thing about a synagogue is that Christianity may be old… but Judaism is ancient.
Sefer Bereshit starts out with the Hebrew letter “bet”. The first Midrash Rabba (and echoed in Yerushalmi Chagiga 2:2) notes that the reason this is not an “alef” is because […]