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  1. High Holiday Liturgy

    Rabbi Alan LaPayover (RRC ‘02), recorded the prayers of the Reconstructionist liturgy for the High Holiday services. The sound files are available for listening and download on this page of the RRC website.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/high-holiday-liturgy

    Posted on: 2016/04/15 - 1:19pm

  2. Fall Holiday Glossary

    This file contains a helpful glossary of terms for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah. It begins with a letter to parents suggesting themes to think about during the holiday season.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/fall-holiday-glossary

    Posted on: 2016/04/15 - 2:00pm

  3. How to Make Yom Kippur Meaningful for Our Children

    Helping religious school students experience the richness of the Jewish holiday cycle is one of the great joys of Jewish education. Yom Kippur, however, is probably the most challenging holiday to explain meaningfully on a child's level. Void of an historical/political backdrop, Yom Kippur is a day full of abstractions which often elude adult understanding. What does it really mean for us to create a state of “purity?” What are the ways we need to work on our social relationships and the ways we need to clarify our relationship with God?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/how-make-yom-kippur-meaningful-our-children

    Posted on: 2016/04/21 - 12:20pm

  4. Can a Reconstructionist Sin?

    Some years ago, at an informal lunch shared by a number of us who worked for the same Jewish agency, a staffer indicated she had no need to attend Yom Kippur services. Predictably provoked, we asked why. Yom Kippur was all about sin, she replied, and since she never sinned, she had nothing for which to atone.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/can-reconstructionist-sin

    Posted on: 2016/05/06 - 11:06am

  5. Text study on gate for Ne'ilah - Gates Locked and Unlocked

    This text study examines the vivid image of gates closing at the end of Yom Kippur.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/gates-locked-and-unlocked-yom-kippur-text-study

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 5:45pm

  6. Addressing Race as a Jewish Community

    Yom Kippur is a time when we confess our wrongdoings collectively, and is therefore an opportune moment in the Jewish calendar to reflect on how we can do teshuvah for the ways in which we have failed, communally and individually, to address the issue of racism.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/sermon/addressing-race-jewish-community

    Posted on: 2017/08/16 - 3:08pm

  7. Yom Kippur at Lincoln Memorial

    (from God Loves the Stranger)

    Today is a day of repentance, renewal, and solidarity.

    Repentance in Hebrew is T’shuvah, which means turning and returning—making an about-face.

    It is a most treasured human gift.

    One who turns around and heads in the right direction Is respected and appreciated.

    Indeed, when we say that we are lost, it is often the beginning of the journey home.

    The Source of Life, the Divine Beloved, calls us to return, calls us to T’shuvah, again and again.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/yom-kippur-lincoln-memorial

    Posted on: 2017/08/17 - 4:46pm

  8. Strassfeld Yom Kippur article

    In a piece for the Forward, Reconstructionist rabbi Michael Strassfeld writes: 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/online-trolling-and-yom-kippur

    Posted on: 2017/09/29 - 12:50pm

  9. A High Holiday Message 2019