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Motivated by a profound love for every Jew and spurred by a boundless optimism, Chabad of Contra Costa sets into motion a dazzling array of programs and services to educate, inspire, and uplift Jews from all walks of life with unconditional love and acceptance.
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  • Why Do We Fast on Yom Kippur?What is Yom Kippur all about? Unpack layers of meaning embedded in the requirement that we neither... Read More
  • A Heartfelt CryThere are many details and rituals connected to the various obligations of a Jew. Even when it... Read More
  • Why Would an Atheist Pray?Perhaps atheists and believers have more in common than they imagine. Read More
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  • 9 Yom Kippur Myths and MisconceptionsHere’s your chance to rethink some things that “everyone knows” about the holy day. Read More
  • Yussie's Yom Kippur Prayer"G‑d, I am sorry," Yussie began. "I want to go inside to pray, but I haven't eaten anything for a... Read More
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Daily Thought
Yom Kippur is described in many ways. One very poignant description is that it is “once in a year.” You see, the human soul is also described in many ways, with five different names, each describing a deeper level of her being. The fifth, deepest level is called yechidah, which means “one and unique.” Yechidah is the soul as she is fused and one with her Creator, so that the two are an inseparable whole. Yom Kippur is the day that the essential bond of yechidah shines within the time and space in our world. Meaning that once in a year, the One Above unites...
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