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After renouncing Judaism, Luis de Carvajal was granted mercy: Instead of being burned alive, he was tied to a pole, noose around his neck, and slowly asphyxiated to death. His body was consumed in a massive fire organized in a public plaza in 1596 at a Mexico City auto-da-fé, in which his sister and mother also died. During the trial, a...

Jewish New Year starts Wednesday

Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, will be Wednesday, and area Jews will be celebrating the High Holy Day. Chabad of Peachtree City, 632 Dogwood Trail in Tyrone, and Congregation B'nai Israel, 1633 Hwy. 54 East in Jonesboro, will both have observances. There is no synagogue in Coweta County, but Cowetans worship at Chabad of Peachtree City and Congregation B’nai...

What is Rosh Hashanah?

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, always falls on the first and second day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei. The words “Rosh Hashanah” literally mean “the beginning/head of the year”. Although it is seen as a festival, Rosh Hashanah is also regarded as an important and solemn occasion. In Jewish thought, it is seen as being the time when...

His bravery unsung, Varian Fry acted to save Jews

In June of 1935, two years after the German government falsely portrayed the burning of the Reichstag as a Communist plot to overthrow the state and just at the moment that it had banned all but “Aryans’’ from serving in the military and made homosexuality a crime, Varian Fry, a young Manhattan editor who was preparing to take over...

We need Jewish schools to preserve Jewish identity

Most of the children in our community returned to school this week. For some, it was a nervous time; for others, it was welcomed. But for all students of any age, grade or place of learning, it was indeed a momentous occasion. For children attending Jewish schools, this was especially true. At their schools, students are taught more than the...
Ten feet of water flooded Rabbi Jill Levy’s office at Houston’s only Jewish Community Center where she serves as director. The fallout from the Hurricane Harvey destroyed her library of Jewish books and texts, along with everything else in it. At the nearby United Orthodox Synagogues, four feet of flood waters filled Rabbi Barry Gelman’s study. Over half of the...

It’s 2017, and the best athletes are Jews

By half-time at the Rose Bowl this weekend, UCLA was trailing 38-10. By the end of the third quarter, Texas A&M managed to widen its lead to 44-10. And even though the Bruins started scoring in the fourth, many fans were slouching towards their cars, considering the game over. Enter Josh Rosen: With 43 seconds remaining, the Bruins’ quarterback faked...

In Jewish cookbook, author Joan Nathan takes readers around the world

Joan Nathan takes readers on a world tour of Jewish cooking in her latest book. “King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking From Around the World” (Alfred A. Knopf, $35) is the result of Nathan’s travels to more than 15 countries on five continents. It also is the product of research into the roots of Jewish cooking that go...
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQMr2bvXIqs A decade ago, when Elmehdi Boudra began attending college in his native Morocco, he didn’t expect to see swastikas scrawled on his door. Like almost every other student at his school, Boudra is Muslim. But growing up, his grandmother cooked him Jewish food and told him stories about Jewish friends—including the woman who nursed her. “We didn't care who...
For close to 30 years, leaders of Polish Jewry have been celebrating what they call the revival of their once-great community from near annihilation during the Holocaust. On occasions like the opening of Jewish kindergartens and other communal institutions, often held up as the first since the genocide, activists note milestones, contrasting them with the preceding devastation, communist-era oppression or...

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