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Lessening the labor of Labor Day Rosh Hashanah

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I know, I know; it’s summer! Must we think of all the cooking now? With the sun beating down, camp finishing up and vacations still in the works, and long evenings to sit outside...
The tomb of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov in Uman, Ukraine, which draws Jewish worshippers the world over. Credit: Nahoum Sabban via Wikipedia Commons.

Ukraine to allow Jewish worshippers into Uman for Rosh Hashanah

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Ukraine’s deputy health minister, Dr. Ihor Kuzin, said on Monday that his country would work to ease restrictions on the annual Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage to the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov in the...

On Tisha B’Av, mourning incomparable loss, working on increased unity

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Why is Tisha B’Av the saddest day of the Jewish year? Eerily, not only were both of the holy temples in Jerusalem destroyed on the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av (the first...
Stones thrown by the Romans from the Second Temple to the street below after the destruction of the temple in 70 C.E. with the Western Wall in the background. Credit: Sarit Richerson/Shutterstock.

On Tisha B’Av, mourning incomparable loss, working on increased unity

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Why is Tisha B’Av the saddest day of the Jewish year? Eerily, not only were both of the holy temples in Jerusalem destroyed on the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av (the first...
Jews pray at Meron on the eve of Tisha B'Av, on Aug. 10, 2019. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

OU’s 20th annual Tisha B’Av program to address recent Jewish tragedies

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The 20th annual Tisha B’Av program on July 18 sponsored by the Orthodox Union will not only focus on traditional themes surrounding the destruction of the First and Second Temples, as well as other...
Women gather in Jerusalem under the auspices of an all-volunteer organization called Imahot L’Maan Imahot (“Mothers Supporting Mothers”), June 9, 2021. Credit: Courtesy

‘Day of Unity’ offers comfort, outreach for women who lost relatives on Lag B’Omer

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Dozens of women whose husbands, sons, brothers or fathers lost their lives in the crush on an overcrowded ramp at Mount Meron on Lag B’Omer joined together in Jerusalem last week in an emotional...
Israeli children celebrate the Shavuot holiday in a kindergarten in Efrat, May 13, 2013. Photo by Gershon Ellinson/Flash90.

What to know about Shavuot to unleash the power of the holiday

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You could say that Shavuot is the most important holiday most Jews know virtually nothing about. And you wouldn’t be completely wrong. Nonetheless, the holiday—beginning after sundown on Sunday, May 16, and continuing through the evening of...
The biblical Ruth in Boaz's Field by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

‘Your people will be my people’: A Shavuot shout-out to Ruth’s ‘daughters’

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“You shall love the convert for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” — Deuteronomy 10:19 There was a moment some 2,500 years ago when a recently widowed Moabite princess refused to abandon her aging mother-in-law...
The return to synagogue post-COVID has been accompanied by a range of emotions. Credit: Tali V./Shutterstock.

Returning to synagogue on Shavuot, Jews feel mix of apprehension and renewed hope

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Standing on his deck in Lakewood, N.J., Motti, an Orthodox Jew who did not want to be identified by his last name, spoke of his apprehension about going back to synagogue. “I hear about...
Cheesecake topped with lemon curd. Credit: Pixabay.

It’s Shavuot, get a little cheesy

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It’s that time of year again when cheesecakes galore are popping up all over the place. To be honest, I’m not the biggest fan, but this recipe is one even I enjoy. The actual...