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In Estonia’s miraculous Jewish rebirth, a Yom Kippur message of hope

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What do you do with a new year that just doesn’t feel new? This question is top of mind for Jews around the world as we gather to celebrate High Holidays that seem to herald not...

Israelis take to the streets on Yom Kippur

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At Yom Kippur, Israel grinds to a halt. For 25 hours, schools, restaurants and businesses shut down, roads empty out as driving is prohibited, and there are no buses, no trains and no planes. Known as...
By מינוזיג - MinoZig [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Yom Kippur 2021: A guide for the perplexed

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1. Yom Kippur is considered to be a “super Sabbath” (shabbat shabbaton in Hebrew)—a soul-searching opportunity for the pious and evil alike. 2. Yom Kippur is observed on the 10th day of the Jewish month of Tishrei...
Jewish man in Tallit blowing the Shofar. Credit: MIA Studio/Shutterstock.

The ‘fast’ track to inspiration: 10 tips for a transformative Yom Kippur

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“For on this day He will forgive you, to purify you, that you be cleansed from all your sins before G‑d.” — Leviticus 16:30 It may feel longer, but from start to finish, it’s actually under...
Sukkah garland by Rachel via FLickr

Comparing and contrasting Halloween and Sukkot

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The month of October unleashes a tension of sorts in our predominantly Jewish Pico-Robertson neighborhood in Los Angeles.  As one walks farther from Pico Boulevard, the ubiquitous sukkot on front lawns give way to macabre Halloween...
Blowing shofar in the Gulf to mark the arrival of the Jewish New Year 5782. Credit: Association of Gulf Jewish Communities.

As Gulf opens to Jewish life, Muslims spark interest in learning about High Holidays

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With Jews around the world set to begin the High Holiday season, the small Jewish communities in six Gulf states, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, are planning...
The High Holiday services, often called “Bowl Hashanah,” are hosted by Friday Night Jams/Because Jewish and will be led by Rabbi Daniel Brenner; Jeremiah Lockwood (musical coordinator); vocalist and bass player Yula Beeri; and trumpeter and Antibalas co-founder Jordan McLean. Credit: BecauseJewish.com.

Sounds of the season: Live and pre-recorded performances to boost holiday worship

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Relix magazine and the Brooklyn Bowl are well-known to music lovers worldwide. This year, they will become even better known as they host “High Holidays –A Suite of Spiritually Driven Holiday Services,” an innovative musical worship experience...
Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

An Unreasonable Reason to Fear the Fearsome Days

The next few days the Jewish people would fully concentrate on the so-called Days of Awe, those from Rosh Hashanah (New Year) to Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). Days of introspection, of analyzing how...
Displaying Rosh Hashanah care packages are (from left) Deputy Mayor of Kfar Saba Oren Cohen; Jewish Agency chairman of the executive and chairman of the executive of the World Zionist Organization Yaakov Hagoel; and, senior vice president of Amigour Erez Shani, September 2021. Credit: Amigour.

Thousands of elderly Israelis to receive care packages for Rosh Hashanah

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As vulnerable populations continue to take precautions due to the Delta variant of the coronavirus, the Jewish Agency for Israel’s affordable-housing subsidiary, Amigour, will provide comprehensive food packages to the elderly, with a focus...

Israeli president sends Rosh Hashanah greetings to Diaspora Jewry

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Israeli President Isaac Herzog on Thursday released a special Rosh Hashanah video message to Jews all over the world, wishing them a year of health and unity. “Dear friends, as we approach the new ...