By Jonah Kaye
This Sukkot, as we contemplate our vulnerability, remember the Uighurs
Sukkot is a holiday of vulnerability. For a week, we enter a temporary dwelling at the mercy of the elements. In so doing, we remember the period when a newly born nation of refugees and escaped slaves from Egypt wandered in the desert. We submit ourselves to life beneath the stars and embrace the uncertainty…
The Uighurs are today’s Marranos. This year, Kol Nidre is about them.
“From this Yom Kippur until the next, may [all vows] be deemed absolved, annulled, and abandoned.” Within Jewish communities, there has always been some reticence towards the Kol Nidrei prayer. The ninth century sage Rav Amram Gaon deemed Kol Nidrei a “mistaken custom,” and 10th century sage Rav Saadia Gaon declared that it gave no…
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