Yom Kippur

What’s in a name? Finding Solidarity in a Young Jew’s Herstory

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Erica Concors head shot
Erica Concors speaking at Justice for Janitors
Moishe Kavod Justice for Janitors Group

Yesterday, as Yom Kippur approached, social justice organizers and progressive Jews gathered in downtown Boston to not only "remember" often underseen and undervalued laborers but also to stand

Friday Social Media BliNtz (Week 1)

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Hillary Clinton
Chicken Whole Roasted
Kid Blowing Shofar in Old City

Welcome to the Friday Social Media BliNtz-- it's like a media blitz, but tastier.

Here, on a virtual silver platter, are some current event noshes you might enjoy.

Freethinkers and radicals #OccupyWallStreet: The activist tradition and Yom Kippur

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Advertisement for "'Yom Kipur' Picnic" organized by Goldman and her colleagues

The iconic anarchist Emma Goldman believed that religion was inherently repressive.

Eating Jewish: Breaking fast with Iraqi almond milk

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Iraqi Almond Milk

For most of us, the break fast meal following Yom Kippur evokes images of bagels and cream cheese, coffee cake, blintzes and noodle kugel.

Eating Jewish: Get ready to fast with Sephardic fish in tomato sauce

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Sephardic fish with tomato sauce

Even before Rosh Hashanah was over this year, my mind turned to what I should make for Yom Kippur.

A Gender-Free Yom Kippur

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I wanted to write this post about women and Yom Kippur, as I often have done for other Jewish holidays, on topics such as what roles women should play during the holiday, stories about women associated with the holiday, etc. But I searched, and was kind of surprised that I found nothing in particular to write about.

Eating Jewish: Almond Sponge Cake, to break the fast

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Almond Sponge Cake

The meal that breaks the fast of Yom Kippur is one that is needed to revive the body after a long day of reflection and repentance, and the food which one eats to break the fast is an important consideration. The meal that is served after the fast should consist of dishes that are light on the stomach and easy to digest after this long period without food. Every community has their own traditions concerning the food that is usually served at this meal. Within the Ashkenazi community the fast may be broken with a dairy meal including things such as bagels and cream cheese or coffee cake.

Those "Twice a Year" Jews

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In the space between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we are inundated with messages about self-reflection, our responsibilities as Jews in the world, and our level of involvement with Jewish life.

Eating Jewish: Rice with Chicken - a pre-fast meal

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Rice with chicken

After the celebration of the New Year and feasting on the many foods that make up a central part of its celebration, comes Yom Kippur and the time to fast. Despite the fact that this day is concerned with the abstention from eating, food still plays an important role in the observance of this holiday. One needs to fortify themselves with the proper food prior to the beginning of the fast in order to help sustain themselves through the day. Ideally foods should be filling and those that are salty or spicy are usually avoided so as not to cause excessive thirst.

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