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Mayim Bialik joins LA ‘Shofar Wave’ to bring Jewish community together for Rosh Hashanah

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On Sept. 20, L.A. Jews can welcome in 5781 with the Shofar Wave. Created by the religious leadership at IKAR, people will stand on street corners throughout the city and blow the shofar, thereby creating a “wave”...

Yom Kippur 5780, music and memory

In just a little while, the notes of Kol Nidre will start playing, that melody that moves the one who knows its meaning as much as the one who knows nothing about it. Theodor...
Thousands of Jews pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, Sept. 19, 2018. Photo by Ben Toren/Flash90.

Majority of Jewish Israelis plan to fast on Yom Kippur, according to new poll

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A special survey by the Israel Democracy Institute’s Guttman Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research in honor of Yom Kippur showed that 60.5 percent of Jewish Israelis plan to fast on the Jewish Day of...
The Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City revealed a shofar that was hidden and blown in the Auschwitz concentration camp 75 years ago, Sept. 23, 2019. Credit: Museum of Jewish Heritage via Instagram.

New York Jewish museum reveals hidden shofar from Auschwitz ahead of holidays

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The Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City revealed on Monday a shofar that was hidden and blown in the Auschwitz concentration camp 75 years ago and...
JDC volunteers delivered food packages to seniors prior to the start of Rosh Hashanah, Sept. 18, 2020. Credit: Courtesy.

Communities worldwide celebrate New Year amid pandemic with help of JDC

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In the face of a new, socially distant pandemic reality, thousands of Jews worldwide managed to enjoy JDC-supported holiday programming for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Nearly 9,000 elderly Jews in the former Soviet...
"Esther and Mordechai," oil on canvas, 1675. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Who’s their favorite Purim person and why?

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You may not find it surprising that Mordechai and Esther are the most popular in our (wildly unscientific) JNS “Favorite Purim Person” poll. After all, Esther was a young orphan girl living in Shushan, the...

Words of The Week: Rosh Hashanah

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blow the shofar: בלאָזן שופֿר cast off one’s sins: גיין צו תּשליך; אָ֜פּטרייסלען די עבֿירות confess one’s sins: <מתװדה זײַן זיך אין די זינד <עבֿירות Day of Judgment: דער יום־הדין Days of Awe: ימים־נוראָים dip the apple in the honey: אײַ֜נטונקען דעם עפּל אין האָ֜ניק Happy...
“The Israel Bible: Scroll of Esther,” published in honor of slain Israeli Esther Horgen. Credit: Courtesy.

Ahead of Purim, ‘Israel Bible’ publishes special scroll in honor of Esther Horgen

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The Israel Bible has published a new edition of the Scroll of Esther in honor of Esther Horgen, the 52-year-old mother of six murdered on Dec. 21 by a Palestinian terrorist near her Tal Menashe home. The release...

A Guide to Yom Ha’atzmaut

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On the 14th of May in 1948, a man named David Ben-Gurion, soon to be Prime Minister, established the State of Israel, rebuilding the homeland of the Jews—a people who which had been exiled...
A postcard written and signed by Israel’s founding father and first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, the very day after he officially declared the State of Israel’s independence on May 14, 1948, was recently discovered, May 2019. Credit: Kedem Auction House.

Postcard discovered of David Ben-Gurion writing, ‘State of Israel has been born!’

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A postcard written and signed by Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, just one day after officially declaring the State of Israel’s independence, was recently discovered. Dated on the sixth day of the Hebrew...