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The “Luzzatto High Holiday Mahzor” was purchased at auction by an anonymous American collector on Oct. 19, 2021. Credit: Sotheby's.

Ancient Jewish prayer book sells for record-breaking $8.3 million

A medieval Jewish prayer book sold for $8.3 million at the Sotheby’s auction house on Tuesday, fetching the highest price ever paid for a Hebrew manuscript. Known as the Luzzatto High Holiday Mahzor, the rare book is named...
Graffiti claiming that Jews were responsible for the Sept. 11 terror attacks was painted on a building in Toronto (pictured) and a highway overpass in Canada, September 2021. Source: Screenshot.

Graffiti in Toronto claims Jews were responsible for Sept. 11 terror attacks

Graffiti claiming that Jews were responsible for the Sept. 11 terror attacks was painted on a building in Toronto and a highway overpass in Canada over the weekend. Among the writing was “Jews did 911”...
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

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

“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...
An aerial view of the 9/11 Memorial Museum in Lower Manhattan. Credit: Nick Starichenko/Shutterstock.

Jewish community recalls 9/11 with service projects, prayer, concert, memorial walk

Allan Englander usually commemorates Sept. 11 at the Tribeca Synagogue, where he was having breakfast after morning minyan that Tuesday in 2001 when he heard a plane had hit the World Trade Center. “We didn’t believe...
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

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...
Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz (D-5th District) hosted a meeting at the Museum of Tolerance with members of the Los Angeles Police Department, who offered suggestions to Jewish leaders and community members regarding security prior to the High Holidays, Sept. 1, 2021. Credit: ©City of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles police offer security tips to Jewish leaders ahead of High Holidays

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz hosted a meeting on Sept. 1 at the Museum of Tolerance with presentations by members of the Los Angeles Police Department to Jewish leaders and community members regarding synagogue and...
U.S. President Joe Biden participates in a conference phone call in the Oval Office of the White House on Feb. 16, 2021. Credit: Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson.

Biden offers holiday greetings to Jewish leaders, questioned over visit to Pittsburgh synagogue

U.S. President Joe Biden may have gotten himself in hot water during a well-meaning teleconference with Jewish religious leaders in advance of the High Holidays on Thursday. The teleconference was facilitated by the Central Conference...
Head of the Yamina Party Naftali Bennett gives a press conference at the Knesset, June 6, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Conference of Presidents holds High Holiday call with Israeli prime minister

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was hosted in a virtual meeting by leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations on Friday morning in a half-hour conversation covering a number of...
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

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...