Do Jews Believe in Sin?
Author: David M.

What does Judaism say about sin? Is sin relevant to Jewish life? Read here.

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The Ultimate Scapegoat
Author: Josh Sofaer

Someone has already taken the blame for all of our wrongdoing. But we must acknowledge him as God’s scapegoat, the atonement for our sins.

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Bored and Hungry: Why Millennials will be Falling Asleep in Services this Yom Kippur
Author: Arielle Randle

When a third of Jewish Americans born after 1980 describe themselves as having no religion, how many of us will make an appearance at temple for the High Holidays this year?

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The Yom Kippur I Will Never Forget
Author: Jason Meyerson

A young Jewish man who loved arguing about religion was ready to dismantle the arguments of Jews for Jesus.

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What Will You Be Wearing this Yom Kippur?
September 20, 2012
Author: Ruth Rosen

What Will You Be Wearing this Yom Kippur? Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) is a Jewish holy day that is supposed to deal with our shortcomings and get us right with God and each other. Kippur is literally “covering.” Which is interesting b/c apparently,...

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The Shocking Truth About Yom Kippur
September 13, 2012
Author: Carolyne Rohrig

In Judaism we take on the issue of sin once a year at Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. We break away from the busyness of life and take a hard look at our transgressions and mistakes which we’ve committed throughout the year.  We fast and go to synagogue and repent...

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Christ in the High Holidays
September 8, 2012
Author: David Brickner

This month, the holiest days of the entire Old Testament calendar will be observed in Jewish communities around the world. They are the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement, otherwise known as the High Holidays.* God commanded Israel to have “a holy...

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Yom Kippur and the Jewish Athlete
Author: Matt Sieger

We are proud when a Jewish athlete succeeds, but a few have gained even more respect for refusing to play ball on the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg recalled his 1934 decision: Both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur came in...

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A Jewish Prayer for Repentance
September 1, 2009
Author: Jews for Jesus

We thought you might like to see excerpts from the prayer that Stan Meyer mentioned in his article. Jewish people the world over will be reciting this on Yom Kippur (which begins at sundown on September 27). Our God and God of our ancestors! Let our prayers come...

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Happy New Year!
September 26, 2008
Author: Jews for Jesus

Happy New Year! The Jewish New Year, that is. It’s September, the end of summer, the beginning of school, and— according to the Jewish calendar—the 5769th year since God created the heavens and the earth. On the Gregorian calendar, Rosh Hashanah (literally head...

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The Akedah in Jewish tradition
January 1, 2005
Author: Jews for Jesus

Jewish tradition has much to say about dying so that another might have forgiveness. This page focuses on Jewish traditions about the Akedah. The Hebrew word akedah” means “binding” and refers to the well-known story in Genesis 22, in which God...

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Yeshua, Yom Kippur And You
Topics: yom kippur, fasting
Author: Stephen Katz

Yom Kippur can be somewhat of a conundrum to Jewish believers in Yeshua. Do we fast and confess our sins like the rest of the Jewish community or do we rejoice in the knowledge that we’re forgiven in Messiah? I remember my first Yom Kippur as a new believer. I...

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A Jewish Believer and Atonement
Author: Louis Goldberg

An Orthodox-turned-agnostic Jew finds complete forgiveness for his sins.

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Would God Forgive?
Author: Amy Rabinovitz

It was Yom Kippur. I was twelve, and I was fasting for the first time. I woke up early that morning, feeling especially holy and begging my parents to hurry and get dressed. I wanted to be in synagogue to spend the day praying and fasting like other Jews. We sat side...

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Jonah’s Prayer
Topics: poetry, yom kippur
Author: Jews for Jesus

In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry. You hurled me into the deep, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over...

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Passover: The Season of Our Redemption
Topics: passover, yom kippur
Author: Bob Mendelsohn

We have just celebrated Pesach. Melodies such as “Chad gadya, chad gadya” and the smells of bubbe’s matzo ball soup reminded us that once again the calendar pages had arrived at the 14th of Nisan: a time to remember our deliverance—a time to recall...

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The Disintegrated Personality
September 1, 1989
Topics: yom kippur
Author: Moishe Rosen

God gave Israel the Day of Atonement as a time for soul-searching, repentance and restoring broken relationships with him. Today many consider this concept of returning to God and seeking his acceptance archaic and irrelevant. For the most part, our 20th-century...

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A Tale of Two Names
Topics: poetry, yom kippur
Author: Alana Tilles

One of the ways we Jews for Jesus missionaries gain new contacts is by cold calling.” We find Jewish surnames in the local phone book, call total strangers and try to discuss spiritual matters with them. In this way, The Liberated Wailing Wall has had...

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You Never Know…
November 1, 1988
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

Our Jews for Jesus staff and volunteers hand out millions of broadsides each year. We stop and talk with thousands of strangers. Some become our friends, and a few even become our brothers and sisters in Christ. In tangential ways we also touch literally thousands of...

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New Beginnings
Author: Douglas Nelson

A message given by Dr. Douglas Nelson during the High Holidays at the Reform Jewish Congregation, Temple Beth Shalom in San Juan, Puerto Rico on September 13, 1985. I was so very pleased to receive your cordial invitation to speak this evening. It is an honor to...

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The Role of the Mediator: Who Can Stand for Us?

The Role of the Mediator: Who Can Stand for Us? An air of intensity hung over the little synagogue. It was stifling as the men of the congregation stood together, solemn in prayer, deep in concentration. Heads covered with tallisim, some of the men took on the...

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The Yom Kippur Dilemma
Author: Rich Robinson

If you journeyed back in time 3,500 years and saw Jewish life as our forefathers lived it, you would be astounded at how vastly it differed from today’s practices. Instead of synagogues and Jewish community centers, you would witness a tent-like tabernacle, or...

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Dayenu at Yom Kippur
Author: Avi Snyder

Dayenu” on Yom Kippur? Whoever heard of such a thing! We sing, “Dayenu” at Passover, not on the Day of Atonement. But in one sense, Dayenu is appropriate on Yom Kippur. Dayenu is a Hebrew word which means, “It is sufficient for us; it is...

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A Father’s Love: The Binding of Isaac
Topics: yom kippur, abraham

During the High Holiday season, the story of the binding of Isaac—known as the Akedah—is read in the synagogue service. This account, found in Genesis 22:1-18, is considered by many to be the pinnacle event of he Jewish faith, a perfect example of one man’s...

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A Jewish Believer and Atonement
Author: Louis Goldberg

I still remember vividly the Day of Atonement from my tenth year. Though I was not yet bar mitzvah, I insisted that I, too, would fast and take part in the synagogue services, despite my parents’ objections. After all, I wanted my sins forgiven! With childish...

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Would God Forgive?
Author: Amy Rabinovitz

It was Yom Kippur. I was twelve, and I was fasting for the first time. I woke up early that morning, feeling especially holy and begging my parents to hurry and get dressed. I wanted to be in synagogue to spend the day praying and fasting like other Jews. We sat side...

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The Book of Life
Author: Jews for Jesus

The Book of Life “May your name be inscribed in the Book of Life” is the most common greeting for the Jewish New Year season. From the time of Moses onward, the roll call of the redeemed has been closely linked with atonement (reconciliation with God). The...

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Shofar
Author: Jean Zeller

To those who haven’t heard it, the blast of the shofar is hard to describe in terms other than primitive,” “harsh,” a “bellowing or trumpeting,” and it awakens in the hearer a primitive awareness of a reality beyond himself. It...

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A Yom Kippur Prayer
Author: Jews for Jesus

Synagogue is hardly the scene to begin a story about believing in Jesus, but it was there my questions started. The somber strains of Kol Nidre still lingered in my mind from the night before. Captured almost mystically in the walls and windows, they reminded me of...

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