A D.C. Synagogue’s Game-Changing Rabbi

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf made headlines for coming out as gay this week. He had already transformed the venerable congregation.

A Brief History of a Fowl Custom

Talmudic scholars have never agreed on the pre-Yom Kippur chicken sacrifice

Kol Nidre Showed Me What It Means To Truly Belong in the Jewish Community

The Yom Kippur prayer unites everyone who hears it. Twenty-five years after I converted, it still gives me goose bumps.

Vampire Weekend’s Latest Album Is Ezra Koenig’s Guide for the Perplexed

On ‘Modern Vampires of the City,’ the frontman wrestles with Jewish questions, calling to mind a personal Kol Nidre

Jewish Organizations Join DOMA Appeal

The case of Edie Windsor finds allies in the Jewish community

The Serenaders of Yom Kippur

Who volunteers to sing in the synagogue choir for Kol Nidre? This year, I joined and found out.

Kol Nidre’s Conundrum

How can you enter a day of moral repair with words on your lips that annul your past and future promises?

Make Some Noise in Synagogue

Prayer shouldn’t be a spectator sport. So why do so many shuls insist that congregants sit in silence?

Daybreak: Syrian ex-Premier Says Assad Is Done

Also, Yom Kippur ultimatum to U.S. for commit to Iran strike?

Sundown: Occupy Yom Kippur

Plus some reading for when you’re not eating

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