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High Holidays in Champaign-Urbana 2014 (5774-5775)

High Holiday Services & Observances In Champaign-Urbana 2014 (5774-5775)



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Rosh Hashanah

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Yom Kippur

Sunset of October 3 through nightfall of October 4, 2014

About Yom Kippur by Rosanne Tolin

The 10-day period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is referred to as “The Days of Awe”. It’s like pre-game time. While Jews count down to Yom Kippur day—also known as “The Day of Atonement”—we think about what we’ve done, right or wrong, the year before. Then we form a game plan of how to do better.

Because Yom Kippur is a serious holiday, many Jews don’t go to work or school. Instead they spend time saying, “I’m sorry for my mistakes.” Hey, who hasn’t goofed once in a while? It’s also important to forgive others for their wrongdoings.  So giving your sister a break for spilling your secret is a super way to start. Full article

‘Who by Fire, Who by Water’: Is our fate determined on Yom Kippur?

By Lawrence A. Hoffman

High on the list of Jewish martyr stories still retold, or at least alluded to, every Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is the terrible medieval tale of Rabbi Amnon of Mainz. For refusing to appear before the Bishop of Regensburg, who had requested that Amnon become a Christian, he had his limbs hacked off. What was left of him was arrayed alongside his severed parts and returned home in time for Rosh Hashanah. Read more

Repentance, Prayer & Tzedakah

One of the ongoing themes of the Days of Awe is the concept that G-d has "books" that he writes our names in, writing down who will live and who will die, who will have a good life and who will have a bad life, for the next year. These books are written in on Rosh Hashanah, but our actions during the Days of Awe can alter G-d's decree. The actions that change the decree are "teshuvah, tefilah and tzedakah," repentance, prayer and charity. These "books" are sealed on Yom Kippur. Please concider a donation through CUJF to aid those less fortunate over the coming year. Click here

Holiday Tips For Interfaith Families

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur can be daunting, especially if you're new to these holidays - by marriage or conversion. Where to start.

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