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Yom Kippur

A pandemic judgment day: Yom Kippur arrives with COVID-19 cases on the rise

By PHILISSA CRAMER and SHIRA HANAU

(JTA) – In synagogues and in their parking lots, in backyard tent services and on Zoom, Jews around the world spent the Yom Kippur holiday offering one last plea to avert death and be inscribed in the book of life for the year to come.

Their prayers came amid a spike in COVID cases in Jewish communities in New York, Israel and around the...

Area Yom Kippur Services (virtual and In-person)

The following is a listing of some of the area services for Yom Kippur.  The Tulane Hillel schedules can be found online.

BTESH FAMILY CHABAD HOUSE (UPTOWN)

Due to restrictions on public gatherings, reservations are required for in-person seating

CONGREGATION ANSHE SFARD SYNAGOGUE

Due to restrictions on public gatherings, reservations are required for in-person seating 

CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL

www.bethisraelnola.com

Due to restrictions, reservations are required for in-person seating 

CONGREGATION GATES...

Rabbi’s Fantasy – A Bob Alper Cartoon

OP-ED: Not feeling it in Zoom synagogue? Going outside could help.

By TIFFANY SHLAIN

(JTA) — This year, you can quiet a congregation of Jews with a press of your mute button. It’s hard to believe.

During a normal High Holiday season, synagogues are packed, and services are accompanied by a cacophony of on- and off-key singing, random coughs, babies crying and an impatient chorus of “Is it over yet?” from both children and bubbes. 

Just as the Beatles’ managers hired...

Person in the Parsha: Shabbat Shuva

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

 

DO YOU HEAR VOICES?

Do you ever hear voices?

I do, especially at this time of year.

It is now the period of time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This ten-day period is known as the ten days of Teshuvah, or repentance. During this time Jews become more contemplative,...

Off the Pulpit: A Reflection and a Prayer

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

Each year we wonder, “who will live and who will die?” We know that the question is genuine, but this year it feels more urgent than it has in my lifetime.

By most measures human life has grown better, more prosperous and longer. Hunger and disease — the pandemic obviously aside — have declined. These processes are gradual, and don’t make the morning paper. Humanity as a...

Remember

By RABBI JOSEPH H. PROUSER

Yom Kippur’s “Martyrology” service is a moving tribute to those Jews who, in times of persecution throughout history, gave their lives for our faith. In unsparing, graphic detail, the liturgy describes the tortured deaths of Rabbis Akiba, Chanina ben Teradyon, Yehudah ben Bava, and other Sages.

The Martyrology takes its Hebrew name from the Biblical verse with which it opens: “Eileh Ezkerah – These I...

How to host a socially distanced break-fast this Yom Kippur

By SHANNON SARNA

(JTA via The Nosher) – All our holidays are a little bit different this year. Most synagogue services will be conducted online. Many people are feeling disconnected from both the ritual of holidays and their communities. And if you are lucky enough to gather with close family or friends outdoors, these break-fasts or other meals are decidedly smaller and more intimate than during a normal year. At...

A year after the Halle terror attack, Jews who were there are still looking for answers

By JOE BAUR

BERLIN (JTA) — The protective locked door had kept out the shooter.

One year ago, that was the bright spot in the aftermath of the attempted synagogue shooting on Yom Kippur in Halle, a sleepy city of 240,000 located about 100 miles southwest of Berlin. 

It was the most frightening terrorist attack targeting Jews on German soil in recent memory, and many saw it as symbolic of...

Gossip

By RABBI JOSEPH H. PROUSER

Among the first textbooks I used in studying Hebrew was one titled “B’Yad Ha-Lashon.” The text was replete with vocabulary lists, exercises, and model conversations… and was accompanied by a set of LP records – making of our home turntables diminutive language labs.

The text took its name from the Hebrew of Proverbs 18:21 – “Death and life are B’Yad Lashon – in the power...