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yom kippur


Meet the Harlem Globetrotters’ Jewish Basketball-Spinning Founder

By On March 1, 2017

The Harlem Globetrotters are known for gravity-defying slam dunks, trick shots and improbable long shots. What’s less known is that the razzle-dazzle comedic showmanship was the idea of British-born Jewish businessman Abe… Read More


The Strange Yom Kippur History of the Word ‘Scapegoat’

By On October 11, 2016

If you’re paying attention to the Yom Kippur Torah portion, you’ll notice a lot of goats. In Leviticus, Aaron is commanded to “place lots” on two goats: one for God, and one… Read More


New York’s Yom Kippur Blood Libel of 1928

By On October 10, 2016

  On September 22, 1928, two days before Yom Kippur, four-year-old Barbara Griffiths stepped outside her home in Massena, New York and didn’t return. A search party was formed—which included several Ku… Read More

The Yom Kippur War Memo That Might Have Changed History

The Yom Kippur War Memo That Might Have Changed History

By On September 22, 2015

  The most widely known fact about Israel’s 1973 Yom Kippur War was that the attack from Egypt and Syria on the holiest day of the Jewish calendar was a surprise. But… Read More


When the Israel Tennis Association Was Fined for Sitting Out Yom Kippur

By On September 17, 2015

The story of Sandy Koufax sitting out Game 1 of the 1965 World Series is nearly as sacred to the Jews as our scripture. It’s so well-known that’s it’s more than a… Read More


When the Hearthrob of the Yiddish Cinema Led Kol Nidre

By On October 3, 2014

If Kol Nidre has never made you shiver with emotion, then you must see the 1940 acclaimed Yiddish film Overture to Glory (“Der Vilner Balebesl”). Made in New York, the film offers a glimpse at a world—and… Read More


A Yom Kippur Buzz From…Another Direction

By On September 13, 2013

With Yom Kippur only hours away, you may already be dreading the caffeine headache that will soon distract you from your morning prayers. Yom Kippur may be the Day of Atonement, but how can you focus… Read More


The Yom Kippur Debut of the Girl Rabbi of the Golden West

By On September 12, 2013

Yom Kippur 1890 was a typical day for Jewish repentance but an extraordinary day for Jewish women: It was the first time a woman delivered a sermon from the pulpit. Addressing a mixed gathering of Orthodox and Reform… Read More


Atone! With The Yom Kippur eScapegoat.

By On September 10, 2013

With the High Holidays upon us, the good folks who brought us quirky digital takes on the weekly Torah portion and that Leviticus-inspired iPhone game are back with something new: a website that lets you create a virtual scapegoat.… Read More


Purim and Yom Kippur

By On September 25, 2012

In the World to Come, says the Zohar, the Jewish people will only celebrate two holidays–Purim and Yom Kippur. In fact the Zohar, refers to Yom Kippur as Yom Ki-Purim; literally, “a day like Purim,” even though you might not… Read More


After Tishrei, Now What?

By On October 27, 2011

The month of Tishrei, during which Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot all take place, might be the most well-known month of the Jewish year. The month immediately following it, Cheshvan, might be the least publicized. Cheshvan has earned its… Read More


Swinging Chickens

By On October 7, 2011

Yetta is a snow-white chicken who has fallen off a farm truck in the picture book Beautiful Yetta, the Yiddish Chicken. Using funny and teasing prose–“Yetta, beautiful Yetta, will not be sold. She will… Read More

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