Torah & Texts

Acharei Mot

By Jana Jett Loeb

If Nadav and Avihu, two of Aaron’s sons, were killed for incorrectly approaching God, what chance do the rest of us have to do it right?

Jana Jett Loeb delves into the need for a patient engagement with those we love — and how that’s better than bringing fire of our own.

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Parshat Acharei Mot (2010)

By Amichai Lau-Lavie

Bad stuff goes down in the desert in Parshat Acharei Mot.

God demands discipline: sends the Israelites to the corner with a bunch of heavy-duty rules to study. In Acharei Mot, Amichai Lau-Lavie revives his Bar Mitzvah Torah parsha to share what he’s learned after 27 years of sitting in the corner with this text.

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By Sarah Lefton

A web app to help you atone. Like in Bible Times, only nerdier.

The eScapegoat roams the Internet collecting sins before Yom Kippur. This web app is inspired by the Yom Kippur rituals from the time of the Temple in which a goat is symbolically burdened with the sins of the Jewish people. In the app, this action is symbolized by a whimsical animated goat receiving the sins that users share with it.

(Note: Mini Goat is no longer a current project)


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It’s Yom Kippur, and this goat wants your sins

“Blending ancient tradition with modern innovation, there’s a newish Jewish Web app to help you lighten the load of guilt and spill your bad deeds…eScapegoat…lets you type your confessions in a Twitter-friendly format and see others’ also. Best of all, you can remain utterly anonymous. Rabbis might call this cheating. We’re having too much fun to care.”


Atoning for Yom Kippur—There’s an App for That

“‘What I love about it is that people who might not go to synagogue…might be inspired to participate in a Jewish ritual that’s gone on for thousands of years,’ says Rabbi Sydney Mintz of Congregation Emanu El”


Unloading Your Sins: There’s An App For That

“If you can tweet, then you can atone.”

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@SinfulGoat on Twitter

Sharing some of the best atonements and sins during the month of Elul leading up to Yom Kippur.

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