Yom Kippur Readings: Inspiration, Information and Contemplation

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A powerful collection of writings about Yom Kippur that will add spiritual depth and holiness to your experience of the Day of Atonement.

As Rosh Hashanah ends and you look ahead to Yom Kippur, what do you think about? The familiar melody of Kol Nidre? The long hours of fasting? The days of self-examination? You know that the Day of Atonement is the holiest on the Jewish calendar, but sometimes it just feels long, tiresome and devoid of personal meaning. The readings in this book are for anyone seeking a deeper level of personal reflection and spiritual intimacy―and a clearer understanding of just what makes Yom Kippur so holy.

Drawn from a variety of sources―ancient, medieval, modern, Jewish and non-Jewish―this selection of readings, prayers and insights explores the opportunities for inspiration and reflection inherent in the themes addressed on the Day of Atonement: sin, forgiveness, repentance, spiritual growth, and being at one with self, family, community and God. These readings enable you to enter into the spirit of Yom Kippur in a personal and powerful way while they uplift and inform. They will add to the benefits of your High Holy Day experience year after year.

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Discover new ways to connect the liturgy of Yom Kippur with the meaning of the day--and your heart with the spirit of the day.

"We have provided a selection of readings from a wide realm of sources.... In some cases they will add to the understanding of the purpose of the day. In others they will offer a new or different perspective on a certain prayer or poem that the worshiper may not have thought of before. In all cases we hope that each reading will expose a new prism of light on the day that brings new hope and renewed confidence that next year will be a better one than the one just completed."
--From the Introduction

This comprehensive anthology connects your heart and soul to the ancient and medieval prayers of Yom Kippur through contemporary and ancient commentaries on the day's central themes:
* Kol Nidre * Sin * Forgiveness
* God, Love and Learning
* Roots and Themes from the Torah
* Repentance, Prayer and Acts of Righteousness
* Faith and Beliefs * Yizkor
* Yom Kippur Customs
* Jonah and Human Responsibility
* And much more

Compelling and empowering, Rabbi Elkins' selection of readings brings Yom Kippur back to its pristine sense of drama, excitement and relevance. He helps to create a bridge between the words of our ancestors and the meanings, themes and ideas that are the central spiritual agenda of the life of the modern Jew.

About the Author:

Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins, award-winning anthologist, lecturer, educator and author, is coeditor of the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Jewish Soul. Widely published in the Jewish and general press, he is author of The Wisdom of Judaism: An Introduction to the Values of the Talmud (Jewish Lights), and is editor of Yom Kippur Readings: Inspiration, Information and Contemplation; Rosh Hashanah Readings: Inspiration, Information and Contemplation; and Jewish Stories from Heaven and Earth: Inspiring Tales to Nourish the Heart and Soul (all Jewish Lights). He is rabbi emeritus of The Jewish Center of Princeton, New Jersey, and a former member of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Rabbinical Assembly and the Council for Jewish Education. Visit his websites―www.wisdomofjudaism.org and www.eco-judaism.org―for more information.

Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins is available to speak on the following topics:

  • A Taste of Eco-Judaism
  • Chicken Soup for the Jewish Soul
  • Shabbat: A Day for the Rest of Your Life
  • Hasidic Wisdom and Modern Psychology
  • A Tale of Two Cities―Jerusalem and Washington DC: The Jewish People's Love Affair with the Holy City


Arthur Green, PhD, is recognized as one of the world's preeminent authorities on Jewish thought and spirituality. He is the Irving Brudnick professor of philosophy and religion at Hebrew College and rector of the Rabbinical School, which he founded in 2004. Professor emeritus at Brandeis University, he also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where he served as dean and president.

Dr. Green is author of several books including Judaism's Ten Best Ideas: A Brief Guide for Seekers; Ehyeh: A Kabbalah for Tomorrow; Seek My Face: A Jewish Mystical Theology; Your Word Is Fire: The Hasidic Masters on Contemplative Prayer and Tormented Master: The Life and Spiritual Quest of Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav (all Jewish Lights). He is also author of Radical Judaism (Yale University Press) and coauthor of Speaking Torah: Spiritual Teachings from around the Maggid's Table. He is long associated with the Havurah movement and a neo-Hasidic approach to Judaism.

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