October 4, 2014 |
Before sundown marks the beginning of the Day of Atonement, Jews around the world will usher in their holiest day with a chant once shunned by rabbis. The Kol Nidre, haunting in its plaintive melody, will be repeated three times at the start of Yom Kippur, which will begin Friday. The Philadelphia region is home to more than 280,000 Jews. Yet the Aramaic chant, whose title means "All Vows," has a complicated history. It has been embraced by the masses, expunged from prayer books, and used by anti-Semites to argue that Jews cannot be trusted.
September 26, 2012
Yom Kippur, considered the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, begins at sunset today. Also known as the Day of Atonement, the day is marked with prayers and fasting. It also brings to an end the 10-day period known as the High Holy Days, or the Days of Awe, which began with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. The harvest-related festival of Sukkot begins five days after Yom Kippur.
September 26, 2012 |
Among the greatest prayers of Judaism is the Amidah , a recitation of 19 blessings that devout Jews say three times a day. Jews all over the world will recite the Amidah Tuesday night and Wednesday as they mark Yom Kippur, the solemn day of atonement when God is said to decide who will live or die in the coming year. Many will bow deeply as they face Jerusalem. But as members and friends of Mishkan Shalom Synagogue in Manayunk gather Wednesday for this holiest of days, hundreds will recite the Amidah not by bowing, but lying still, on their backs, in the yoga position known as "the Corpse.
September 24, 2012 |
Yom Kippur, which arrives Tuesday evening, is the holiest day of the Jewish calendar: a time when Jews are said to be "closest to God and the quintessence of their own souls," and ask the Almighty for forgiveness and another year of life. For some, though, the great "Who Am" - the divine being who called to Moses from the burning bush, and resides at the heart of Jewish belief and practice - is problematic. "We don't believe in God," explained Glen Loev, 56, of Bryn Mawr. Raised a Conservative Jew, the retired dentist no longer considers himself religious.
October 17, 2011 |
The world recently passed one significant date, and it's headed for another. No, I don't mean Yom Kippur or Thanksgiving. Sept. 27 was Earth Overshoot Day, designated by the Global Footprint Network as the time when the planet's humans surpassed "nature's budget" for the year. Since then, we've been exceeding the resources the Earth can generate, says the network, a nonprofit research group based in California. At the rate we're going, we need as much as 1.5 Earths to sustain us, the group says.
October 11, 2011
HANK WILLIAMS JR. is not leaving "Monday Night Football" without a few sacks of his own, releasing a song on iTunes that tells his side of the brouhaha called "I'll Keep My . . . " It includes the lyrics "So 'Fox 'n' Friends' wanna put me down / Ask for my opinion / Twist it all around / Well two can play that gotcha game, you'll see. " Williams was fired last week from his role singing the eardrum-burstingly bad theme song for ESPN's Monday...
October 10, 2011 |
Aaron Shatzman, dean of social sciences at Montgomery County Community College, is 65 years old and exudes the energy and enthusiasm of an undergraduate. True academic that he is, he wears bow ties - "a gentleman needs to know how to tie a bow tie," he asserts - a sartorial trademark that he adopted from his mentor, David Potter, a distinguished professor of U.S. history at Stanford University, where Shatzman earned his doctorate. Shatzman is proud of many things. He is proud of the spacious campus in Blue Bell and the modern buildings and facilities.
October 8, 2011
An article Friday about baseball fans and Yom Kippur misspelled Phillies pitcher Roy Oswalt's name. A chart with Thursday's article about the 10th anniversary of the Afghanistan war transposed the numbers of U.S. troops wounded in that war and in Iraq. Through July, 32,159 troops were wounded in the Iraq war and 13,011 in Afghanistan, according to iCasualties.org. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357)
October 7, 2011
DEAR ABBY: I have worked as a nanny for many years for a divorced professional woman. She has a son and a daughter. The son, now 15, is smoking pot. I told his mom, but she's ignoring the problem. She said: "He's just experimenting. I want him to get it out of his system before he enters college. " I love this child, and I feel helpless. He knows better. The boy used to be very honest, but that's no longer the case. How can I help him when his mother isn't making an effort? - Nanny Who Cares in Texas DEAR NANNY: Your employer seems to be clueless.
October 7, 2011 |
So, tonight at sundown, Yom Kippur begins. The holiest of Jewish holidays. And, wouldn't you know, at the very hour when the observant among us are supposed to be in shul, praying, fasting, gazing inward, asking for forgiveness, and drawing closer to God, the Phillies will be in Citizens Bank Park, playing the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the National League Division Series. Oy. For religious Jews who are also Phillies fans, no words can describe this unfortunate misalignment of the universe.