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Performing Tashlich overlooking the beach in Kiryat Yam, a suburb outside of Haifa, on Sept. 30, 2019. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.

Tashlich is more than a spiritual, Marie Kondo purge, experts say

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Earlier this month, Royal Auction House in Toms River, N.J., sold an 1806 illustrated, handwritten Tashlich guide for $5,000. Last month, Appel Auction in New York offered but didn’t sell a 19th-century painting depicting the rite. Years prior,...
Apples, honey and pomegranate, which are traditionally eaten on Rosh Hashanah. Credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90.

‘I have your back,’ Biden tells US Jews in pre-High Holidays call

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In a High Holidays call with rabbis and other clergy, U.S. President Joe Biden discussed his commitment to the security of American Jews and his relationship with Israel, as well as made the highly...
An older Yemenite man blowing the shofar. Credit: from National Photo Collection of Israel/GPO via Wikimedia Commons.

‘There is no king without a people’: The mystic secret of Rosh Hashanah

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Nowhere in the Five Books of Moses is the holiday of Rosh Hashanah referred to with this name by which it is commonly known today. The term “Rosh Hashanah” originated in the Talmudic period,...
Jews arrive in the Ukrainian city of Uman ahead of Rosh Hashanah, Sept. 14, 2023. Photo by Chaim Goldberg/Flash90.

22,000 pilgrims arrive in Uman ahead of Rosh Hashanah

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More than 20,000 Jews have arrived in the central Ukrainian city of Uman to celebrate Rosh Hashanah amid tightened security due to the war with Russia, local authorities said on Thursday. Tens of thousands of...
Moisey Katsman, a disabled, homebound Holocaust survivor, enjoys apples and honey delivered in advance of Rosh Hashanah 2023. He is one of thousands of the country's neediest Jews receiving New Year food packages from the American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) in partnership with the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Claims Conference and Jewish Federations of North America. Photo by Misha Kovalev.

Groups deliver New Year staples to thousands of Jews in Ukraine

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Ahead of the Jewish New Year and more than 18 months since Russia launched its war on Ukraine, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is providing thousands of the most impoverished Jews in...
Prayer book. Credit: Yedidiak/Pixabay.

Rabbis to offer sermons on everything from AI to Ukraine on High Holidays

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Avraham Bronstein, the rabbi of the Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton Beach, N.Y.,  has been feeling throughout the year like there are many large forces shaping the world that are beyond human control—from rising antisemitism...
Engineers check the integrity and clean the stones of the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Aug. 29, 2023. Credit: The Western Wall Heritage Foundation.

Engineers inspect Western Wall ahead of High Holidays

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As Jews prepare for the High Holidays, engineers on Tuesday began getting the holy site ready for the thousands of visitors expected there. The engineers, working for the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, which administers the...
A view of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Old City and the surrounding area, on Aug. 10, 2023. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Millions allocated for Jerusalem security over high holidays

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Israel’s Ministry of National Security has allocated $32 million to bolster security in eastern Jerusalem over the upcoming Jewish high holidays, which begin on Friday, Sept. 15, with Rosh Hashanah. The funds will be used...

President Biden wishes rabbis and Jewish clergy well on High Holidays Zoom call

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Shortly after hosting the White House’s first-ever Rosh Hashanah reception on Friday, U.S. President Joe Biden joined rabbis and Jewish clergy for a High Holidays call on Zoom. Biden started by expressing his sympathies with...

With bigger crowds expected for High Holidays, rabbis have a lot to speak about

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For most rabbis, the High Holidays are like their World Series. They always attract the biggest crowds, and with the pandemic appearing to be far less dangerous, synagogues are expecting to be at full...