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Sedra of the week: Succot | Jewish News – Jewish News

| October 2, 2020

Are you up for an adventure? Not had the opportunity to get out of lockdown properly

Serving Jews In The United Arab Emirates: An Interview with Rabbi Levi Duchman – The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com

| October 2, 2020

Photo Credit: Rabbi Duchman Before it signed a normalization agreement with Israel, the United Arab Emirates had already distinguished itself as one of the only Arab countries in the world where Jews could live safely. Founded in 1971, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is currently home to approximately 2,000-3,000 Jews

Yom Kippur: Decisions and tears – The Jerusalem Post

| September 29, 2020

Yom Kippur comes 10 days after the beginning of the year. This is the day when God effects atonement (in Hebrew, the root is KPR) for the sins of humans.

For National Coffee Day, the Secret Jewish History of the coffee cup – Forward

| September 29, 2020

Editors Note: For National Coffee Day, September 29, 2020, we bring you the compelling history, originally published in 2014, of those familiar vessels that store our liquid energy. In the Talmud (Eruvin 65b), Rabbi Ilai cleverly opines: A person is recognized by three things: their cup, their pocket, and their anger

Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a wish and Jewish tradition can guide us – The Jerusalem Post

| September 29, 2020

What do we owe the dead? Do the recently departed continue to assert moral claims over us from the grave by the authority of their earnest deathbed wishes and well-planned estates, or are we free to lead our lives in the present without looking back?Since the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, Ive been thinking about this question a lot. Media coverage so far has focused mostly on the unfolding political drama unleashed by her death: the nomination process, its effect on the upcoming election and the future composition of the high court

Coming to terms with mental illness in Judaism and in our communities – The Jerusalem Post

| September 29, 2020

One of the most beloved hassidic stories of the High Holiday season tells of an orphaned shepherd boy who knew little about his Jewish heritage. On the day before Yom Kippur, he joined a group of people traveling to Medzhybizh to spend the holiest day of the Jewish year in prayer with the sainted Baal Shem Tov. Standing in the synagogue among the devoted worshipers, the boy desperately wanted to pray, but couldnt read the letters of the alef-bet.

The Power To Hold Back – The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com

| September 29, 2020

Photo Credit: Jewish Press The Book of Kings refers to the seventh month of the Jewish calendar what we colloquially call Tishrei as the month of the eitanim (I Kings 8:2). The Talmud (Rosh Hashanah 11a) states that it received this name because the patriarchs of the Jewish people who are called eitanim (powerful ones) were born in this month. This leads the Talmud elsewhere to identify Eitan the Ezrachite in Psalms 89:1 as Abraham, the powerful hero who stemmed the tide of polytheism (see Maharsha to Bava Basra 15a).

A viral tweet said RBG dying on Rosh Hashanah made her a ‘tzaddik.’ Where does that idea come from? – JTA News – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

| September 23, 2020

(JTA) Within hours of Ruth Bader Ginsburgs death on Friday evening, an obscure Jewish tradition began circulating online: Someone who dies on or just before Rosh Hashanah is a righteous person. A Jewish teaching says those who die just before the Jewish new year are the ones God has held back until the last moment bc they were needed most & were the most righteous, NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg tweeted just after midnight

Appreciating and taking stock of our lives during the High Holidays – liherald

| September 23, 2020

By Rabbi Steven Graber In the Talmud, Masechet Berachot, Rabbi Levi presents to us this problem: It reads in Psalm 24, The earth and its fullness belong to the Lord, but it also reads in Psalm 115, Heaven is the heaven of the Lord, but the earth He gave to the sons of men.

Today Is the Birth of the World | JewishBoston – jewishboston.com

| September 23, 2020

This coming weekend we will celebrate Rosh Hashanah, our Jewish New Year. During the Musaf prayer service on the second day of the holiday, apiyyut, or sacred song, is chanted, which begins with the words: Never miss the best stories and events for families, children and teens! Get JewishBoston Plus Kids.


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