Yom Kippur

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Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson’s High Holiday Podcasts

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson’s High Holiday Podcasts

This post contains links to three High Holiday podcasts by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Vice-President of the American Jewish University

The Jewish Virtual Library: Short Articles on Rosh Hashana

The Jewish Virtual Library: Short Articles on Rosh Hashana

This post provides links to informative articles about different aspects of Rosh Hashanah, including a basic overview of the Jewish New

Teshuva: A Discussion Guide

Teshuva: A Discussion Guide

Designed for students between grades 3-12, this detailed lesson plan explores the Jewish approach to repentance, including an introduction to

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Informative Articles & Videos

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What is Yom Kippur?

What is Yom Kippur?

This 4-minute long animated video presents an excellent overview of the origins, significance and customs of Yom Kippur, the holiest day on

Yom Kippur: The Three Levels of Forgiveness

Yom Kippur: The Three Levels of Forgiveness

In this 3.5 minute long video from Aish.com, Orthodox Rabbi, Etiel Goldwicht explores how to truly forgive someone who has hurt you

Yom Kippur Cheat Sheet: Readings to Help You Focus

Yom Kippur Cheat Sheet: Readings to Help You Focus

This 4-page long PDF document is full of profound poems, prayers, quotes and readings that will help you focus on

Text & Exploration of the Al Chet Section of Vidui (Confessions)

Text & Exploration of the Al Chet Section of Vidui (Confessions)

This article by Rabbi Shraga Simmons explores each line of part of the “Al Chet” portion of the Vidui confession, recited during each

What To Do the Day Before Yom Kippur

What To Do the Day Before Yom Kippur

This introductory article from Chabad.org provides a brief overview of the mitzvot and rituals performed on the day before Yom Kippur, according to Orthodox

How to Observe Yom Kippur 2018

How to Observe Yom Kippur 2018

This introductory article from Chabad.org explains the history, customs and deep spiritual significance of Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. The article

The History of Yom Kippur

The History of Yom Kippur

This article from ReformJudaism.org presents the historical development of the focus and rituals of Yom Kippur, from its biblical origins

Humanistic Judaism’s Approach to Yom Kippur

Humanistic Judaism’s Approach to Yom Kippur

This introductory article from the Society for Humanistic Judaism explains the themes and customs of Yom Kippur according to the

A Guide to Yom Kippur Prayers

A Guide to Yom Kippur Prayers

This informative article by Conservative Rabbi Daniel Kohn provides a guide for Yom Kippur prayer services, including the origins, content, and rituals of each of

Yom Kippur FAQ: All About the Day of Atonement

Yom Kippur FAQ: All About the Day of Atonement

This thorough article answers all of your questions about Yom Kippur, including a basic introduction to the Jewish Day of Atonement,

Maimonides’ 4 Steps to Teshuvah

Maimonides’ 4 Steps to Teshuvah

This short video outlines the four steps to teshuvah (repentance), according to Maimonides: regret our actions, stop doing them, confess

Feeling the Love in Judgement: Special for the High Holidays

Feeling the Love in Judgement: Special for the High Holidays

In this short and sweet animated video, Rabbi David Aaron shares the profound message that judgement is actually an act

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Conservative Kol Nidrei and Yom Kippur Evening Services

Conservative Kol Nidrei and Yom Kippur Evening Services

This excerpt from the Conservative Machzor Lev Shalom for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur presents the Hebrew, English and transliterated texts for the entire

Proclamation of Faith from Neilah Service

Proclamation of Faith from Neilah Service

This link from Chabad.org presents an audio recording of the apex of the Neilah service, the closing service of the day, where,

Mareh Kohen: A Song About the High Priest’s Yom Kippur Service

Mareh Kohen: A Song About the High Priest’s Yom Kippur Service

This post provides an audio recording of “Mareh Kohen,” a song from the Yom Kippur Mussaf prayer service that attempts

Ki Anu Amecha: A Yom Kippur Piyut

Ki Anu Amecha: A Yom Kippur Piyut

This video presents a well known melody for “Ki Anu Amecha,” one of the most iconic pieces from the Yom

Text & Exploration of the Al Chet Section of Vidui (Confessions)

Text & Exploration of the Al Chet Section of Vidui (Confessions)

This article by Rabbi Shraga Simmons explores each line of part of the “Al Chet” portion of the Vidui confession, recited during each

Egalitarian Versions of Hu Ya’anenu (Selichot & Yom Kippur)

Egalitarian Versions of Hu Ya’anenu (Selichot & Yom Kippur)

This post provides links to several different versions of “Hu Ya’anenu,” a prayer that recalls how God mercifully answered our

Ahavnu: A Positive Version of the Ashamnu Vidui Prayer

Ahavnu: A Positive Version of the Ashamnu Vidui Prayer

This post presents Rabbi Avi Weiss’ positive version of the Ashamnu prayer, an alphabetical acrostic of 22 sins recited during

Moroccan Kol Nidrei

Moroccan Kol Nidrei

This audio recording (9:23) presents an authentic Moroccan Sephardi Kol Nidrei sung by Rabbi Eliahou Elbaz from Meknes, Morocco. In the opening services

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach’s Kol Nidrei

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach’s Kol Nidrei

This 6 minute long audio recording features Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach singing a moving rendition of Kol Nidrei, the opening services on the eve of

Humanistic Yom Kippur Services

Humanistic Yom Kippur Services

This post offers links to complete Yom Kippur services from Kahal B’raira, a congregation for Humanistic Judaism in Cambridge, MA. Inspired

Text for Kaparot with Money

Text for Kaparot with Money

This post presents the Hebrew and English texts of the traditional Kaparot ceremony over money, in which the sins of a

Tips for an Easy Fast

Tips for an Easy Fast

In this practical article from Judaism 101, the author, Tracey Rich, provides helpful tips to stay healthy during the Yom Kippur fast. Including

Tkhine of the Matriarchs for Yizkor

Tkhine of the Matriarchs for Yizkor

This “tkhine” (supplication) is a para-liturgical prayer in Yiddish with an English translation that is meant to be recited following the

Selichot at the Western Wall

Selichot at the Western Wall

This short video shows thousands of Jews gathering together for the final night of Selichot prayers before Yom Kippur at

We Need Justice and Kindness: A Humanistic Prayer for Selichot

We Need Justice and Kindness: A Humanistic Prayer for Selichot

This post presents the Hebrew, English and transliterated words for a prayer for justice, kindness, and social responsibility written by Humanistic

Selichot Service with Kabbalistic Intentions

Selichot Service with Kabbalistic Intentions

This link opens up a 38 page long Kabbalistic Selichot Service, containing the Hebrew, English and transliterated texts of traditional prayers,

Psalm 27: A Psalm for the High Holiday Season

Psalm 27: A Psalm for the High Holiday Season

This post offers the Hebrew and English text of Psalm 27, recited twice daily from the beginning of the Hebrew

A Guide to the High Holiday Prayers

A Guide to the High Holiday Prayers

This thorough article provides an overview of the contents, structure and themes of the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur prayer

How to Find a Machzor (High Holiday Prayer Book)

How to Find a Machzor (High Holiday Prayer Book)

This comprehensive article serves as a guide to finding the right High Holiday Machzor for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

How to Make High Holiday Synagogue Services Meaningful

How to Make High Holiday Synagogue Services Meaningful

This honest article presents six simple tips to transform lengthy, frustrating services into a meaningful prayer experience. With an emphasis

How to Make a Shofar

How to Make a Shofar

This 4 minute long video shows how a ram’s horn is transformed into a shofar, the musical instrument and ritual

Yizkor: The Memorial Prayer

Yizkor: The Memorial Prayer

This informative article from Chabad.org provides the Hebrew, English and transliterated text for the Yizkor memorial prayer recited following the

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Traditional Practices - Learn How

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Yom Kippur: The Three Levels of Forgiveness

Yom Kippur: The Three Levels of Forgiveness

In this 3.5 minute long video from Aish.com, Orthodox Rabbi, Etiel Goldwicht explores how to truly forgive someone who has hurt you

Yizkor: The Memorial Prayer

Yizkor: The Memorial Prayer

This informative article from Chabad.org provides the Hebrew, English and transliterated text for the Yizkor memorial prayer recited following the

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Barbra Streisand’s Avinu Malkeinu (Our Father, Our King)

Barbra Streisand’s Avinu Malkeinu (Our Father, Our King)

This video presents Jewish American singer, actress, and filmmaker, Barbra Streisand, performing Avinu Malkeinu for former Israeli President Simon Peres at his

Ki Anu Amecha: A Yom Kippur Piyut

Ki Anu Amecha: A Yom Kippur Piyut

This video presents a well known melody for “Ki Anu Amecha,” one of the most iconic pieces from the Yom

Jazz/Classical/Folk Version of Sephardic El Nora Alila Piyut

Jazz/Classical/Folk Version of Sephardic El Nora Alila Piyut

In this video, Italian Jewish singer Charlette Shulamit Ottolenghi performs a unique version of  El Nora Alila, combining jazz, classical and folk music

Mareh Kohen: A Song About the High Priest’s Yom Kippur Service

Mareh Kohen: A Song About the High Priest’s Yom Kippur Service

This post provides an audio recording of “Mareh Kohen,” a song from the Yom Kippur Mussaf prayer service that attempts

The IDF Sings Unetanneh Tokeh to a Melody Inspired by the Yom Kippur War

The IDF Sings Unetanneh Tokeh to a Melody Inspired by the Yom Kippur War

To the backdrop of footage from the Yom Kippur War, this moving video shows the IDF Chief Cantor Ltc. Shai Abramson

The Thirteen Attributes of Mercy

The Thirteen Attributes of Mercy

This video presents a popular Ashkenazi melody for the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy. Enumerated in Exodus 34:6–7 these Divine Attributes are frequently recited

The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Ki Anu Amecha

The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Ki Anu Amecha

This video presents Israeli singer Erez Lev Ari performing the popular Chabad melody for “Ki Anu Amecha,” one of the most iconic

Leonard Cohen: Who By Fire

Leonard Cohen: Who By Fire

This video presents Who By Fire, a haunting song by the late Jewish Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist Leonard Cohen based on the

Phish’s Avinu Malkeinu (My Father, My King)

Phish’s Avinu Malkeinu (My Father, My King)

This video presents the American jam band, Phish, performing their version of Avinu Malkeinu (Our Father, Our King), a desperate plea for

Mogwai’s Heavy Metal Avinu Malkeinu (My Father, My King)

Mogwai’s Heavy Metal Avinu Malkeinu (My Father, My King)

This video presents the Scottish post-rock band, Mogwai, performing a 10 minute long heavy metal version of Avinu Malkeinu (Our Father,

Review, Restart, and Release: A Yom Kippur Hymn

Review, Restart, and Release: A Yom Kippur Hymn

This video presents an original Yom Kippur hymn by Phil Straus, where the photographer explores what Yom Kippur means to

Guide to the Ashamnu Portion of the Vidui (Confessions)

Guide to the Ashamnu Portion of the Vidui (Confessions)

This link provides introductory information to the “Ashamnu” part of the Vidui (Confession) liturgy, including the Hebrew, English and transliterated

Yom Kippur: A Book of Jonah Rock Song

Yom Kippur: A Book of Jonah Rock Song

This animated music video connects the biblical story of Jonah, read during the Yom Kippur afternoon haftarah, to the day’s themes of

Moroccan Kol Nidrei

Moroccan Kol Nidrei

This audio recording (9:23) presents an authentic Moroccan Sephardi Kol Nidrei sung by Rabbi Eliahou Elbaz from Meknes, Morocco. In the opening services

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach’s Kol Nidrei

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach’s Kol Nidrei

This 6 minute long audio recording features Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach singing a moving rendition of Kol Nidrei, the opening services on the eve of

Neil Diamond’s Kol Nidrei from “The Jazz Singer”

Neil Diamond’s Kol Nidrei from “The Jazz Singer”

This short clip is from the 1980 American drama film, The Jazz Singer, in which the son of a Jewish Cantor

A Calming Melody for the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy

A Calming Melody for the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy

This post offers the Hebrew and English text of The Thirteen Attributes of Mercy, as well as a calming melody composed by The Nava

Audio Recordings of Ashkenazi High Holiday Liturgy

Audio Recordings of Ashkenazi High Holiday Liturgy

This link will take you to the musical prayer navigator of Mechon Hadar, where you can find audio recordings for each

Audio Recordings of Sephardic High Holiday Liturgy

Audio Recordings of Sephardic High Holiday Liturgy

This link will take you to the High Holiday section of the Sephardic Hazzanut Project website, where you can listen

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A Book of Jonah Play for Yom Kippur Afternoon

A Book of Jonah Play for Yom Kippur Afternoon

This post offers the 12-page script of a creative play designed to supplement or replace the reading of the Book of

Turning & Returning: A Yom Kippur Poem

Turning & Returning: A Yom Kippur Poem

This poetic prayer by Rabbi Shelly Barnathan asks God to help us connect to the pure essence of our divine

The eScapegoat: A Modern Take on the Biblical Yom Kippur Ritual

The eScapegoat: A Modern Take on the Biblical Yom Kippur Ritual

This humorous, animated video introduces the eScapegoat – a modern take on the biblical ritual where the sins of the

The IDF Sings Unetanneh Tokeh to a Melody Inspired by the Yom Kippur War

The IDF Sings Unetanneh Tokeh to a Melody Inspired by the Yom Kippur War

To the backdrop of footage from the Yom Kippur War, this moving video shows the IDF Chief Cantor Ltc. Shai Abramson

Exploring the Al Het Confessional Prayer Through Jewish Peoplehood

Exploring the Al Het Confessional Prayer Through Jewish Peoplehood

This post explores the idea of collective responsibility through the text of the “Al Het” confession liturgy from Yom Kippur

Prayers, Meditations, Stories & Poems for Yom Kippur

Prayers, Meditations, Stories & Poems for Yom Kippur

This post offers a list of links to prayers, meditations, stories and poetry for Yom Kippur, written by Alden Solovy, a

Sandy Koufax & Yom Kippur

Sandy Koufax & Yom Kippur

This short video from abc 7 news looks back at the impact of the historical moment in both sports and

Yom Kippur in Tel Aviv

Yom Kippur in Tel Aviv

With scenes of empty highways, closed shops, and deserted beaches, this video shows how one day a year – on

Menus for Before and After the Yom Kippur Fast

Menus for Before and After the Yom Kippur Fast

Taking into account medical advice for an easier fast and different Jewish ethnic traditions, this article offers menu ideas and

Jewish Emptiness: Kavannot for Kol Nidrei

Jewish Emptiness: Kavannot for Kol Nidrei

This post presents ideas and guiding questions to be contemplated to oneself or as a community before Kol Nidrei, the

Mikveh Ritual of Purification for Yom Kippur

Mikveh Ritual of Purification for Yom Kippur

This post provides the outline and texts for a mikveh immersion ceremony to spiritually prepare for Yom Kippur. With guiding questions,

Enhancing Our Fast with Meditation, Ritual, Blessing & Teaching

Enhancing Our Fast with Meditation, Ritual, Blessing & Teaching

This article provides resources to help one focus on the spiritual essence of the Yom Kippur fast, including a meditation

Meditation before Yom Kippur for One Who Cannot Fast

Meditation before Yom Kippur for One Who Cannot Fast

This poem is a meditation written by Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub to enable those who cannot fast on Yom Kippur

A Vidui Meditation

A Vidui Meditation

This post presents a personal, meditative approach to the Ashamnu prayer, an alphabetical acrostic of 22 sins recited during each of

Egalitarian Versions of Hu Ya’anenu (Selichot & Yom Kippur)

Egalitarian Versions of Hu Ya’anenu (Selichot & Yom Kippur)

This post provides links to several different versions of “Hu Ya’anenu,” a prayer that recalls how God mercifully answered our

Ahavnu: A Positive Version of the Ashamnu Vidui Prayer

Ahavnu: A Positive Version of the Ashamnu Vidui Prayer

This post presents Rabbi Avi Weiss’ positive version of the Ashamnu prayer, an alphabetical acrostic of 22 sins recited during

Neil Diamond’s Kol Nidrei from “The Jazz Singer”

Neil Diamond’s Kol Nidrei from “The Jazz Singer”

This short clip is from the 1980 American drama film, The Jazz Singer, in which the son of a Jewish Cantor

A Yom Kippur Website for Children

A Yom Kippur Website for Children

This link will take you to an entire website dedicated to teaching children about Yom Kippur in a fun and interactive way.

A Yom Kippur Glossary of Hebrew Terms

A Yom Kippur Glossary of Hebrew Terms

This glossary from ReformJudaism.org translates and explains many Hebrew words and phrases that one may come across over Yom Kippur, including traditional holiday

For Kids: Really, Really Sorry!

For Kids: Really, Really Sorry!

This entertaining animated video (9:08) teaches young children about the challenges and importance of saying sorry – and meaning it – as

Yom Kippur Cheat Sheet: Readings to Help You Focus

Yom Kippur Cheat Sheet: Readings to Help You Focus

This 4-page long PDF document is full of profound poems, prayers, quotes and readings that will help you focus on

Who By Fire: A Poem of Doubt and Return

Who By Fire: A Poem of Doubt and Return

This poem by non-traditional rabbi and spiritual seeker, Rabbi Patrick A. Beaulier, explores many of the intense themes of Rosh Hashanah through a piece based

An Alternative Avinu Malkeinu: Our Parent, Our Sovereign

An Alternative Avinu Malkeinu: Our Parent, Our Sovereign

Written by Rabbi Burt Jacobson of the Jewish Renewal movement, this alternative version of the liturgical prayer, Avinu Malkeinu, refers to God

An Israel-Focused High Holiday Lesson Plan

An Israel-Focused High Holiday Lesson Plan

This thorough lesson plan aims to help students “taste” the ethnic diversity of the Jewish communities in Israel, experience the immense

Shofar Meditations for the Days of Awe

Shofar Meditations for the Days of Awe

This post offers two guided meditations based on the imagery and spiritual power of the shofar. Designed for Rosh Hashanah and

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