Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur insights from area rabbis

By JOSH AXELROD, Exclusive to the CCJN

While the holiest day of the Jewish year, Yom Kippur, looms large, New Orleans rabbis indicated how their congregations will be commemorating the holiday that begins at sundown tonight. Also, known as the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur takes place on the 10th...
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With Racial Justice March set for Yom Kippur, these Jewish groups will participate in other ways

(JTA) — Despite a controversy over the scheduling of a Washington, D.C., anti-racism protest on Yom Kippur, Jewish groups are participating in sister marches the day after the holy day.

Jewish groups participating Sunday in a New York event for the March for Racial Justice include the American Union of...
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He Goat: Yom Kippur’s Prima Donna


Rosh Hashanah marks the birthday of the world – the anniversary of its creation. First, say our sages, the Creator made heaven and earth. Now on earth’s birthday He wants a birthday gift from us. No, not the trinkets we hand each...
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How Jews around the world break the Yom Kippur fast


NEW YORK (JTA) — After weary and ravenous American Jews file out of Yom Kippur services, many return home to a similar meal each year to break the fast: typically bagels, lox and assorted accoutrements.

For some, it’s an anticipated and tasty tradition. But for others, it can...
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A Yom Kippur tradition in Amsterdam dates back to the invention of electricity


AMSTERDAM (JTA) — As one of Europe’s oldest and most impressive Jewish buildings, this city’s Portuguese Synagogue is known far and wide for its majestic beauty.

Built in 1675 for the descendants of Jews who fled religious persecution on the Iberian Peninsula, the Portuguese Synagogue today sees...
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For secular Israeli teens, the eve of Yom Kippur is a night of forbidden love


SHOHAM, Israel (JTA) — Ely Cohen topped off his all-white outfit with a few spritzes of cologne.

At sundown, the start of Yom Kippur, such “anointments” would no longer be kosher, and he wanted to be ready for the big night. He had just started dating a girl...
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Animal rights group sues police for not stopping Yom Kippur chicken-swinging ritual

(JTA) — An animal rights group filed a lawsuit against two Southern California police departments for not enforcing animal cruelty laws by halting a pre-Yom Kippur ritual.

The lawsuit filed this week naming both the Irvine and Los Angeles police departments is aimed at stopping Chabad of Irvine’s kapparot ceremony...
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Kapparot can continue in NY, appeals court rules

(JTA) — The pre-Yom Kippur ritual of kapparot can continue in New York, a New York appeals court found.

The Appellate Division First Department in Manhattan on Tuesday upheld a lower court decision that declined to block the pre-Yom Kippur slaughter of chickens in 2015, when the Alliance to End...
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On Yom Kippur, atoning for our online sins


(JTA) — If you’re like me, you blog, read and share a lot of political stuff. But who really reads these posts and articles all the way through? Especially with the longer stories, who has time to look up the sources, or check if that odd photo was...
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Zimtsterne: Star Cookies for Yom Kippur Break-Fast


(The Nosher via JTA) — When people deny themselves food for an extended period of time, they’re usually ravenously hungry and find themselves thinking about consuming huge amounts. But it’s not a good idea to pack it in too quickly; it’s too hard on your digestive system.

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