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  • Groups Use High Holidays to Elicit Support for Israel

    The High Holiday season has traditionally been the time of year when many rabbis make appeals to their congregation to give money to Israel — most often in the form of the purchase of Israel Bonds. But this year the market that Israel Bonds seemed to have cornered in years past is a bit tighter,… More ▸

  • A New Year Dawns of Machzors and Munitions: Jewish Gis Mark High Holidays

    “Who shall live and who shall die.Who shall reach the end of his days and who shall not.” Ralph Goodman recited those words in a hillside tent in southeastern Belgium. Warren Zundell’s “shul” was a patch of no man’s land somewhere in North Korea. For Robert Cirkus, it was jungle clearing in the bug-infested Central… More ▸

  • Tisha B’av Feature Rummage Sale on a Fast Day? Tisha B’av Marked in Various Ways

    Traditional Jews mark Tisha B’Av by fasting, reading from the Book of Lamentations and observing rituals of mourning But Tisha B’Av at The Valley Temple, a Reform synagogue in Cincinnati, took on a less somber demeanor last year. Temple sisterhood members spent the holiday busily hosting their annual rummage sale, sorting through piles of household… More ▸

  • Belarus Jewish Leader Protests After Teacher is Pressured for Purim Party

    A Jewish leader in Belarus has sent a letter to Belarusian officials arguing that a local prosecutor illegally forced a Jewish kindergarten teacher to remove Jewish symbols from classrooms. Yakov Basin, the deputy leader of the country’s Jewish community, sent the letter last month, after the prosecutor said Lyudmila Izakson-Bolotovskaya violated the law by holding… More ▸

  • Shavuot Feature Since 1800s, Confirmation Ceremony Guides Jewish Teens to Commitment

    Confirmation — n. English. A group ceremony, held on Shavuot, that recognizes high-school students who are completing a religious curriculum. When Reform Jews in Germany introduced the confirmation ceremony in the early 19th century, they planned to replace the bar mitzvah. They were guided by a belief that a 13-year-old is not mature enough to… More ▸

  • Shavuot is a Harvest Festival: Use Fresh, Seasonal Ingredients

    Phyllis Glazer recalls a morning in the 1970s when she, her mother and three sisters packed a picnic lunch and drove to a kibbutz in an old Citroen. “It was one of those beautiful sunlit spring days in the hills of Menashe, in the Galilee,” says Glazer, author of “The Essential Book of Jewish Festival… More ▸