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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.

Like a Blind Person Groping in the Darkness: A Lesson for the New Year – Algemeiner

| September 23, 2020

The blowing of the shofar, traditionally done on Rosh Hashanah. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. The Jewish year, and thus the annual cycle of the Torah reading, is coming to an end

The rebbitzin’s recipes: Festive dishes for the holiday of Sukkot – Jewish Community Voice

| September 23, 2020

Chag HaSukkot (the festival of Tabernacles) is one of the three pilgrimage festivals, along with the holidays of Passover and Shavuot. Yom Tov (holiday) begins with candle lighting in the Sukkah, in conjunction with the Shabbat, Friday, Oct. 2, 18 minutes prior to sundown

Masechet Kiddushin With A Government Warning – The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com

| September 19, 2020

Photo Credit: Jewish Press One thing I have learned after cataloging hundreds of thousands of books is that not only cant you judge a book by its cover, you often cant judge it by its title page either.

The Sound Of A Thin Silence – Lubavitch.com

| September 19, 2020

This editorial appears in the Tishrei issue of Lubavitch International, to subscribe for the magazine, click here.

On Rosh Hashana it is Written and on Yom Kippur it is Sealed. – Atlanta Jewish Times

| September 19, 2020

How can we utter these words? I believe the pandemic of 2020 contributes a unique backdrop as we struggle with this prayer. Fires, floods, famines, AND coronavirus are not acts of God.


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