A New Year and a Chance to Be Better (Really)

But about five years ago, my husband and I began a journey to a more observant life and came to understand that these days -- the Days of Awe -- have a deep meaning indeed. We pray that God will write us in the Book of Life for another year. "On Rosh Hashanah it is written, on Yom Kippur it is sealed." It is a chance to think about how we live -- and love. Of what kinds of people we really are, and how we treat those around us. We repent those sins we know we have committed and those we don't realize we've done. Here's what I wrote about it on my own blog a couple of years ago. ...more

I just wrote the flip side of this - why I don't observe Yom Kippur, but I really loved reading ...more

Eighth Day of Awe: Communication

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The Seventh Day of Awe: Honesty

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Sixth Day of Awe: Human Potential

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Fifth Day of Awe: Soul’s Purpose

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September's holy days: Part III - Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement

Yom Kippur begins an hour before sundown tonight and lasts for 25 hours. For Jewish communities around the globe, Yom Kippur ends the “Days of Awe”, a 10 day period that began on Rosh Hashanah. Yom Kippur is also called “The Day of Atonement”. This day is a day for fearless self-examination – for looking back at the past year and seeing how one may have transgressed or fallen short, and how one might best make amends with G-d.. ...more