Saturday, October 31st 2020   |

Yom Kippur

Break-fast pickle? Try cucumber salad and your own cream cheese


( — 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 the bagels and kugel.

The last thing anyone wants to do after fasting and sitting in synagogue is to start...

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 the rescue.

Orthodox Boulder Aish Kodesh hit the Internet first, sending a mass email to 500 residents announcing...

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...

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...

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...

OP-ED: A Time to Remember and a Time to Forget


Memory is a primary motivator for teshuvah (repentance), but all too often unfortunately it is the memory of God which plays the dominant role. God as the being with an infinite and infallible memory, remembers and recounts all of our actions. God is the Judge in front of whom nothing is hidden or forgotten. Such a God instills fear that on the Day of Judgment, the...