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High Holidays

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 said in a statement, noting the dates of this year’s Succot holiday, Sept. 18 to 25.

The TSA notice said,...

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, according to reports.

Animal rights activists had protested the act in the days before the closure orders.

Kapparot involves swinging...

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, which reported Sunday on the services.

Rabbi Yisroel Wilhem, co-director of Chabad of the University of Colorado, said many were unable to leave their homes to attend services, but others came because of the...

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 from the Magen David Adom. Some 145 women who went into labor also were taken to the hospital in ambulances...

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, fascinating conversationalist. And what stories, what adventures he could relate: the stolen birthright story, his mid-level management job with Laban,...

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 by Jago Kar-Ben, $17.95 hardcover; $7.95 paperback; $13.95 eBook Ages 5-10

The story of Jonah read in the synagogue on...

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 yard lights to adapt for use on the roof.

However, while driving home and accessing the construction work required for...

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 – Yom Kippur – takes place, traditional penitential prayers known as Selichot are recited in the early hours of the morning...

Bringing a bit of veggie heaven into the succah


NEW YORK (JTA) — Succot is a wonderful time of year to incorporate seasonal ingredients into your cooking. One of my most important rules for cooking and eating is to use what is best and freshest in the market — fish, vegetables, fruit and meat. The better your ingredients, the better your results.

Beets, cabbage and squash are vegetables that are especially delicious at this time of...

Brooklyn’s ‘crazy chicken lady’ making progress in fighting kapparot ritual


NEW YORK (JTA) — For years, Rina Deych was treated like she was crazy. Fighting the Yom Kippur ritual of kapparot, she was told things had always been this way and if she kept up the battle, she would only incite anti-Semitism.

Year after year, people would kindly suggest she find another hobby. Cats, maybe.

But today, the Brooklyn nurse and animal rights activist believes the tide...