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Daily Archives: September 15, 2021

A view of a sukkah. Credit: jennylipets/Shutterstock.

‘If you build it, they will come’: The blessings of the holiday sukkah

Some people take the commandment to beautify a mitzvah very seriously indeed, especially when it comes to their sukkah. It’s been nearly three decades since Len Upin took brush in hand and, using acrylics, painted a...

Music for Yom Kippur: Kol Nidrei, The History of a Song and a Prayer

Kol Nidrei is an Aramaic phrase which means far more than its literal translation, “All Vows.” This statement of annulment of vows has become such a dominant part of the Jewish religious psyche that it...
A statue of Roman Emperor Hadrian. Credit: Akimov Konstantin/Shutterstock.

The obligation to remember, even on a day when we look inward

It comes in a part of the Yom Kippur service that even many of those who are more than three-day-a-year synagogue-goers often skip in the late afternoon as the daylong fast heads towards its...
Photo: Roy Lindman, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Pope Francis is wrong: The laws of the Torah do give life

Pope Francis’s recent claim that the Torah “does not give life, it does not offer the fulfillment of the promise” has raised hackles across the Jewish world. This week, Pope Francis sought to alleviate concerns...
A Ben & Jerry's ice-cream shop in Australia. Credit: Enchanted_Fairy/Shutterstock.

New Jersey poised to divest from Unilever over Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream boycott

New Jersey is poised to become the latest state to divest from the British Unilever company over Ben & Jerry’s decision this summer to boycott selling its products in the West Bank and parts of Jerusalem. In...
A Toronto police cruiser. Credit: JHVEPhoto/Shutterstock.

Toronto man arrested, again charged for assault, anti-Semitic attack

A Canadian man responsible for a number of anti-Semitic attacks within the last few months was recently arrested and charged in relation to another hate-motivated assault, B’nai Brith Canada reported. On Friday, Michael Park, 32, approached a woman at...
The Anne Frank Children’s Human Rights Memorial was dedicated on Sept. 3, 2021. Credit: San Diego Jewish World.

New Anne Frank statue in Guatemala features famous quote from her diary

A statue honoring Holocaust victim and teenage Jewish diarist Anne Frank was unveiled in Antigua, Guatemala, earlier this month, reported the San Diego Jewish World. The Anne Frank Children’s Human Rights Memorial, which was dedicated on...
Israeli police officers, reinforced by Border Police fighters, set up a roadblock at the Jezreel junction on Road 60 that leads to Jenin, in the search for six Palestinian prisoners who escaped the Gilboa Prison days earlier, Sept. 9, 2021. Photo by Michael Giladi/Flash90.

Report: Some prisoners at Gilboa facility were ‘aware of escape plot’ in advance

A number of prisoners at the Gilboa Prison in northern Israel were apparently aware of an escape plot by six incarcerated terrorists, a police investigation into the breakout has reportedly found. According to a report...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett meets with Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on September 13, 2021. Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO

Alignment of Egyptian-Israeli interests apparent in meeting of leaders on key regional issues

The Sept. 13 meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in Sharm El-Sheikh in the Sinai Peninsula is a dramatic public encounter on Egyptian soil that signals a new alignment...
Palestinian trucks loaded with aggregate, iron and cement enter through the Kerem Shalom commercial crossing in the southern Gaza Strip, on Sept. 1, 2021. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.

Why is Israel’s government making concessions to the Palestinians?

In what appears to be a string of concessions to the Palestinians despite continuing rocket fire, violent border riots in the Gaza Strip, and Palestinian incitement and terrorism in Judea and Samaria, the Office...