High Holidays

OP-ED: In navigating Kotel conflict, be mindful of ancient etrog riot


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The scene is familiar to us all. Women of the Wall come to the Kotel to worship in the shadow of the Temple Mount. Haredi Orthodox worshippers respond by disrupting their prayers, sometimes pelting them with eggs and other objects.

Underlying these clashes are...
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Colorado flooding wreaks havoc on Yom Kippur observances

By ANDREA JACOBS, Intermountain Jewish News

DENVER (IJN) — Before the start of Yom Kippur, a flood of historic proportions swallowed Boulder, Colo., and surrounding areas, displacing families, damaging synagogues and threatening services on the holiest day of the Jewish year — until determination came to...
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U.S. authorities issue Succot advisories

WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. authorities released travel guidelines for Succot.

“TSA’s screening procedures do not prohibit the carrying of the four plants used during Succot — a palm branch, myrtle twigs, willow twigs, and a citron — in airports, through or security checkpoints, or on airplanes,” the Transportation Security Administration...
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CA. shuts down L.A. kapparot on eve of Yom Kippur

(JTA) — California regulators ordered two Orthodox Jewish groups in Los Angeles to stop performing the Yom Kippur ritual kapparot.

The state’s Department of Food and Agriculture on Friday shut down kapparot at the Ohel Moshe synagogue and the Beit Aaron outreach organization. They were accused of operating unlicensed slaughterhouses,...
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Chabad center in flooded Boulder hosts Yom Kippur services

(JTA) — Some 300 worshipers attended Yom Kippur services in the lobby of the Chabad on Campus center in flooded Boulder, Colo.

The lobby of the synagogue building is above the flood line, according to  Chabad.org, which reported Sunday on the services.

Rabbi Yisroel Wilhem, co-director of Chabad of the...
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Hundreds injured, fainted over Yom Kippur

JERUSALEM (JTA) — More than 200 Israeli children were injured in bicycle-related accidents in Israel on Yom Kippur.

With few if any cars on Israeli roads, Yom Kippur is a popular day for bicycling in the street.

In addition, 130 people who fainted in synagogue were tended to by teams...
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Every day is Yom Kippur to Jacob


Don’t get the wrong idea. I like Jacob. But when the High Holidays near and I think of forgiveness my mind pictures Jacob, our progenitor, as improperly flawed as us. I think he’d be a great neighbor on a barroom stool. Colorful,...
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High Holiday children’s fare


BOSTON (JTA) — A giant googly-eyed fish, mischievous magicians and succah-eating squirrels are among the characters in a crop of engaging Jewish children’s books that relate to the observance or themes of the Jewish High Holidays. Here’s a rundown of the  books:

Oh No, Jonah! Tilda Balsley, illustrations...
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At Succot, turning oy into the season of joy


LOS ANGELES (JTA) — In open opposition to Kohelet (Ecclesiastes), which tells us on Succot “there is nothing new under the sun,” I decided to build a solar succah this fall. To energize my plan, I went to the 99 Cent Store to buy some solar...
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Before Yom Kippur, Thousands Visit Western Wall and Hebron


(TAZPIT NEWS AGENCY) – The days leading up to Yom Kippur have brought thousands of Jewish prayer goers to some of Judaism’s holiest sites – the Western Wall in Jerusalem and the Tomb of Patriarchs in Hebron.

Before the holiest day of the Jewish year –...
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