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Yom Kippur Minisite

Virtually everything you need to know about Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar: How-To Guides, Essays and Insights, Prayer Service Overviews, Stories, Multimedia, and much more!

How Is Yom Kippur Observed?

An overview of Yom Kippur’s traditions and customs

A Mother’s Yom Kippur Survival Guide

By Chaya Shuchat
Over the years, through trial and error and discussions with many mothers, I have come up with a number of techniques that make Yom Kippur with young children not only survivable, but a meaningful and spiritual experience.

“What to Do with Sinners?”

Based on the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe
When G-d consulted a panel of four: a philosopher, a prophet, the Torah and Himself.

Uncle Irv

By Jay Litvin
We don't do anything. There's something in the atmosphere and experience that takes away the ability to concentrate or focus. One's greatest desire is simply not to be there, not to be doing this, and to have it be over with as quickly as possible...

What Are the Ten Days of Repentance?

During these days, additional prayers are recited, and we are especially careful in fulfilling mitzvot.

Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson (1880–1964)

Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson, mother of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, left a remarkable legacy.

What Are the Women’s Special Mitzvahs?

The woman, the pillar of the Jewish home, has been gifted with three special mitzvot that are the foundation of Jewish living.

Lessons from My Miscarriage

By Elana Mizrahi
What I learned about the process of Teshuvah.

The Loftiest Tear

By Chana Perman
I am humbled by the sensitivity and compassion of my daughter. She is crying tears of sadness at the very thought of another human being hurt by an insult.

The Secret Shema of Yom Kippur

Aaron L. Raskin
In our prayers, the verse Shema Yisrael is followed by a verse that appears nowhere in the Torah. What is its origins? Why do we whisper it all year long and why do we say it out loud on Yom Kippur?

A Chazan Sings: Kol Nidrei

By Aryeh Leib Hurwitz
Chazan Aryeh Leib Hurwitz masterfully presents the classic cantorial rendition of “Kol Nidrei”, the opening prayer of Yom Kippur.

What Are We Doing on Yom Kippur?

By Aryeh Weinstein
First we request blessings for a good year and then we ask for forgiveness. Shouldn't it be in the reverse order?

As Lenin Statue Comes Tumbling Down, Kharkov Jews Watch and Wait

By Dovid Margolin
In a border city split 50-50 between pro-Ukranian and pro-Russian residents, the Jewish community of Kharkov is grateful to be spared the major violence and mass exodus of their neighbors to the south, but remain anxious about instability.

It’s a Wee Jewish Community in Cork That’s Getting a Yom Kippur Boost

By Menachem Posner
Students from England to spend time assisting a stalwart senior who works to maintain Jewish life in the Irish city.

Volunteers to Spend Their High Holidays in Prison

By Bryan Schwartzman
38 University of Maryland students have signed up at seven correctional institutions, joining hundreds nationwide.

Bake Pre Yom Kippur Honey Cake

By Miriam Szokovski
On the day before Yom Kippur it is customary to ask for and receive lekach (sweet cake— signifying a sweet year) from someone—usually one's mentor or parent.

Craft a Yizkor Remembrance Bookmark

By Abbey Wolin
Have you ever stood there in synagogue—about to honor the departed—when their Hebrew name suddenly slipped your mind?

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On Friday, October 3, 2014,
Light Shabbat Candles at 6:18 PM

Halachic Times for Conejo Valley

Latest Shema 9:47 AM
Shekia (Sunset) 6:40 PM
Tzeit (nightfall) 7:12 PM

Times displayed for: Agoura Hills, CA 91301
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