Yom Kippur

Israel imposes Yom Kippur closure of West Bank

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The West Bank was closed by the Israeli military ahead of Yom Kippur.Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon ordered the closure, which begins at 11:59 p.m. Thursday and will remain in effect until the same time on Saturday.Palestinians needing humanitarian assistance will be...
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At Yom Kippur, dreaming of a white yontif


LOS ANGELES (JTA) — These days, more people are wearing white after Labor Day, especially on Yom Kippur. Last year, to keep up with the trend, I looked to buy a white suit to wear during my yearly battle of spirituality vs...
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Christians and Jews: Faith and forgiveness


Many bible scholars, both Jewish and Christian, make the obvious point that Christianity stresses forgiveness while Judaism gives it a glance, says it’s a nice thing, but then bounces back to justice, which may include punishment for evil doers, not forgiveness. Yom...
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Break-fast pickle? Try cucumber salad and your own cream cheese


(MyJewishLearning.com) — Fasting on Yom Kippur is one of my least favorite parts of being Jewish. I recognize the value of reflective fasting, and I know some people even enjoy the fast day, but for me it is a torturous 25 hours until I can break into...
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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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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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