Koufax is fondly remembered as one of the outstanding Jewish athletes in American sports. He famously decided not to pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur.

Sandy Koufax born Sanford Braun on December 30, 1935 is a former American Major League Baseball (MLB) left-handed pitcher. He pitched 12 seasons for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, from 1955 to 1966. Koufax, at age 36 in 1972, became the youngest player ever elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. […]

“My mother was a traditional Jew,” said Natasha. “She’d fast on Yom Kippur, wouldn’t allow bread into our home on Passover, and would pray often.”

But as a young girl, tradition didn’t interest me. I loved music and dreamt of being a famous singer. I wanted to be part of the Soviet cultural scene. My mother tried discouraging me from leaving my roots behind, but I was determined.” “My dream became a reality, singing and […]

“Yom Kippur is a day of contemplation, Renewal and soul searching. I don’t need other people to apologize. It’s more about feeling the forgiveness that’s inside me.”

“Yom Kippur is a day of contemplation, Renewal and soul searching. I don’t need other people to apologize. It’s more about feeling the forgiveness that’s inside me. It’s like formatting your computer. The more negative bytes I delete, the greater room I have for new and improved content for the […]

WHAT IS ELUL?

“Elul” is the Sixth Month of the year, counting from “Nisan,” called in the Chumash, “the first month.” Counting from “Tishrei”, the month of Rosh HaShanah, “Elul” is the twelfth, and last month in the year. Like the names of the other months of the Hebrew Calendar, “Elul came up”, […]

ELUL: 3 Levels of Forgiveness

3 LEVELS OF FORGIVENESS ‪#‎FORGIVENESS‬ ‪#‎ELUL‬ There are three Hebrew synonyms: “Selichah,” “Mechilah,” and “Kapparah,” all related to the idea of “forgiveness.” What does each mean? ‪#‎SELICHA‬ usually translated as “forgiveness” is the first step which must be taken if someone has committed a sin, whether it be against G-d or against Man. […]