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Alex Edelman has embarked on several Jewish comedy projects during the pandemic
Jewish comedian helps rabbis nail High Holy Day services
Firefighters battle a wind-driven wildfire called the Saddle Ridge fire in the early morning hours Friday in Porter Ranch, California, U.S., October 11, 2019.
‘Who by fire?’ isn’t just a metaphor this year - analysis
By RABBI JENNIE ROSENN/JTA
Orthodox Jews arrive during the 13th Siyum HaShas, a celebration marking the completion of the Daf Yomi, a seven-and-a-half-year cycle of studying texts from the Talmud, the canon of Jewish religious law, at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.
Why Orthodox Jews are going to synagogue while everyone else is on Zoom
By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking during an official inauguration of the monument honoring the heroes of the siege of Leningrad
European officials, Putin, German FM, extend Rosh Hashanah wishes to Jews
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File photo: Divorce.
Screenplay in works about rabbi who tortured men to get religious divorces
By CURT SCHLEIER/JTA
A man blowing the shofar at the Western Wall days before Rosh Hashanah
Looking for an online High Holy Day service? Here are some options
By JTA
Jewish men pray at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City. April 19, 2020.
In courtyards and online, holiday services will look different this year
Brno boasted a large and imprewssive synagogue, the "large temple" later destroyed by Nazis
Rosh Hashanah of 1939: A holiday in the middle of the Holocaust
By CHARLES TICHO
A suggestion: Wear a head covering that is lightweight and has holes.
Do head coverings damage the hair and scalp?
By DEBORAH RUBIN FIELDS
Blowing shofar in Jerusalem's Nahlaot neighborhood
Rosh Hashanah: The year when hope is fulfilled
By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
To create a pre-recorded online service, Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann, center, and musicians and singers from Mishkan Chicago recorded the songs and prayers of the High Holidays in August
I’m going to miss singing in synagogue, what does that say about prayer?
By YOSEF LINDELL/JTA
‘Backyard prayer’ by Leah Raab
How Jews are adapting to the sudden disappearance of communal singing
By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
Jeremiah Dead Sea Scroll
Recently discovered 13th-century prayer by Ramban goes online
By MARCY OSTER/JTA
American, Canadian and Israeli flags are displayed in the S.H. and Helen R. Scheuer Chapel on the Cincinnati campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Why do reform rabbinical schools deny those in interfaith relationships?
By EZRA SAMUELS/JTA
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A man blowing the shofar at the Western Wall days before Rosh Hashanah
Days of Awe - A time for reflection and a call to action
By RON KRONISH
A man holds up his cellphones to the Western Wall
It only hurts to pray
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hails the historic flight from Israel to the UAE on August 31, 2020, calling it ‘a joyous day for all citizens of Israel, a day of victory, the doctrine of peace for peace’
The rooster and the peacock
A SILVEREYE feeds its chicks
Is the Israeli song ‘Oof Gozal’ a subconcious midrash for Sefer Dvarim?
‘And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and a burning, that it is not sown, nor beareth, nor any grass groweth therein, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which the Lord overthrew in His anger, and in His wrath’ – Deuteronomy, Nizavim 29:22
Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelech - A moment of honesty
By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
ASK YOURSELF, ‘Can I do more? Can I be the best me that I can possibly be?’
High Holy Day Torah readings tell the stories of our lives
DIPPING APPLES in honey for a sweet new year
Rosh Hashanah: Marking the world’s birthday
‘ROSH HASHANAH is the birthday of the collective – of the Jewish people; and, from the Jewish perspective, of the entire world.'
Jewish organization prepare for High Holy Days amid coronavirus pandemic
Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef (right) leads a prayer for stopping the spread of coronavirus pandemic at the Western Wall on July 21
Prayers to end the plague
By JOEL RAPPEL
‘Backyard prayer’ by Leah Raab
Jewish prayer - Alone and together in Jerusalem during the pandemic
By ROBERT HERSOWITZ
Hechal Shlomo, the former headquarters of the chief rabbis of Israel, is now the home of Herzog College’s Jerusalem campus and its International Center of Jewish Heritage
Five new year resolutions
By ARIEL ERANI
HEARING THE shofar is one of the core aspects of the Rosh Hashanah prayers
Jewish acapella group release Selichot medley in time for Rosh Hashanah
The Western Wall plaza has been divided into prayer sections to comply with restrictions on gathering outside. May 05, 2020
Western Wall raffles off tickets for High Holy Days amid COVID-19
By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE
‘Shacharit in quarantine,’ by Leah Raab
Of poetry and prayers
Rabbi Menachem Genack (left) and Rabbi Moshe Elefant of the Orthodox Union
OU Kosher opens new education division to support communities online
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CELEBRATING ROSH HASHANAH near the tomb of Rabbi Nahman of Breslov in Uman, Ukraine, in 2017.
Understanding the conundrum of Uman amid the coronavirus
HEARING THE shofar is one of the core aspects of the Rosh Hashanah prayers
How to blow the Shofar in the coronavirus age
By SHLOMO BRODY
‘A PERSON’S trust in a fair trial is similar’: Opening the trial against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Jerusalem District Court on May 24
Parashat Ki Tavo: A successful society’s foundations
By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
Lishai Peel in the Alappuzha District in southern India.
Learning to reclaim my Jewish-Indian heritage as an adult
By LISHAI PEEL/JTA
RABBI MOSHE SILVER blows a Yemenite shofar at the Jerusalem Promenade
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, how risky are High Holy Day activities?
By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
‘BY KEEPING kosher, we become holy, and thus we merit God’s holiest love and protection.’
Rabbinate OKs external supervision in kashrut licensing, market opens
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THE SHOFAR and prayers are supposed to help us with introspection but that is not always easy. A father holds a shofar for his daughter to blow.
Ahead of High Holy Days, Chabad offers free online shofar-blowing courses
‘WE NEED to regret that the sin committed was a violation of our covenant with God.'
Teshuva - Unpacking Jewish repentance
By AHARON E. WEXLER
ELUL: The King is in the field
Parashat Ki Tetze: A Jewish practical lifestyle
By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
A sculpture of the prophet Isaiah
Cardozo on the Parashah: From robotic practice to meaning
By SHMUEL PHILLIPS
Children are returning to school in Israel amid the coronavirus pandemic. August 24, 2020.
A Jewish prayer for the start of this pandemic school year
By RABBI SARI LAUFER/JTA
The blessing of Elul
By DAVID GEFFEN
A fresco depicting Isaiah painted by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel
The Wild Ox, the Leviathan and be sure what you pray for!
Joseph Scutts carries a new Torah at the Heichal Ephraim and Bertin Synagogue in Jerusalem’s Mea She’arim neighborhood
No business like shul business
By SHOSHANA TITA
Woody Allen, who was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg in 1935, at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016
What’s in a name?
The Great Synagogue of Tel Aviv.
Tel Aviv synagogues to expand to public spaces for High Holy Day prayers
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JEWISH PILGRIMS pray at the tomb of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov in Uman during the celebration of Rosh Hashanah in September 2017.
The obsession with Rabbi Nachman and Uman is the new idolatry
‘SEFER HAHAYIM,’ published in Mezhibuzh, Ukraine, 1817
The Book of Life and the plague
By LEVI COOPER
A KING is a man like any other, forbidden from showing off his wealth or honor
Parashat Shoftim: Kingship – for a fair justice system
By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
PIETER LASTMAN’S depiction of Jonah and the whale
The Book of Jonah and biblical social justice
By STEPHEN G. DONSHIK
ORTHODOX JEWS study Talmud in Budapest in 2012
Is Jewish law frozen or flexible?
A JERUSALEM street mosaic is adorned with symbols for each of the Twelve Tribes.
Who were the distinctive Twelve Tribes of Israel?
Members of Bulgarian Jewish community stand in silence during a service in the Sofia synagogue
Chazzanim upbeat ahead of challenging High Holidays amid COVID-19
By SIVAN TOV
RAPHAEL OSTROVSKY
Memories of the shofar
By DAVID GEFFEN
THE WRITER demonstrates how to hold the shofar.
‘Teki’ah!’ - The ins and outs of the shofar
By DAVID OLIVESTONE
THE GLOWING Yismach Moshe Synagogue at night, a major religious center of Ashdod’s Moroccan Jewry.
Amid COVID-19, OTS releases guide on how to safely observe High Holy Days
 PAINTING by the Polish artist Maurycy Gottlieb c. 1878, titled ‘Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur.’
Orthodox Union to offer virtual prayer leader boot camp amid coronavirus
Eldridge Street Synagogue Interior
Orthodox Union publishes High Holy Days observance guidance amid COVID-19
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish pilgrim blows a shofar, near the tomb of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov during the celebration of Rosh Hashanah holiday, the Jewish New Year, in Uman, Ukraine, September 21, 2017.
Jewish practices move home as synagogues close during holidays
By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
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‘THE TALMUD,’ once said Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, ‘is difficult to enter because it’s as if someone wrote math in the form of poetry; that is why I aim at a broad readership.’
Remembering Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, intellectual wonder and Jewish landmark
Cow illustrative
Renewing the ancient New Year for animals with a vegan spin
By Rivkah Lambert Adler
‘THE DESTRUCTION Of Sodom And Gomorrah,’ John Martin, 1852
What we can learn from the ‘Ir Nidahat’?
By NECHAMA GOLDMAN BARASH
WORSHIP DISTINCTION: Golden statue of Buddha, Thailand
Parashat Re'eh: In what world are we living?
By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
‘THE TALMUD,’ once said Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, ‘is difficult to enter because it’s as if someone wrote math in the form of poetry; that is why I aim at a broad readership.’
On my grandfather, Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz
By LEAH EVEN-ISRAEL
Daf Yomi
Doing this daily Jewish ritual has helped me cope with coronavirus
By RACHEL HONEYMAN/JTA
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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz died Friday in Jerusalem at the age of 83
Orthodox Jews of the Satmar Hasidim celebrate the Jewish holiday of Lag Ba'Omer in the village of Kiryas Joel, New York
Rav Tzi Hersh of Liska's 146th yahrzeit commemorated
A MODERN-DAY farmer inspects the condition of his cherry tomatoes in Kadesh Barnea – where the Bible indicates the spies were sent from.
Did Miriam die from her leprosy?
Goodness rules the world.
Parashat Ekev: A different kind of theology
By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
Bob Dylan performs at The Hop Festival in Paddock Wood, Kent on June 30, 2012
Tangled up in the crowns on the letters
By ARI KAHN
The cover of ‘The Road Not Taken’
Why Yitz Greenberg’s ‘road’ may lead to a stronger Jewish center
By ROBERTA ROSENTHAL KWALL
An ultra-Orthodox couple watches the sea during a storm in the Mediterranean coast of the city of Ashkelon, Israel January 19, 2018.
Coronavirus has particular impact on Orthodox Jewish couples
By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
Kosher-Style Videos on Bagels.TV
Bagels.tv offers Jewish family-friendly alternative to YouTube
The Kalo Cafe restaurant in Jerusalem
On induction cookers, non-Jews and God
FAITH IN God allows us to see beyond the horizon
Confused about Judaism’s view on the afterlife? Watch ‘The Good Place’
By PENINA BEEDE/JTA
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People crowd the sanctuary of Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., for a building dedication ceremony, Oct. 2, 2013
Synagogues wondering in Holiday season: Will people pay dues?
By BEN SALES/JTA
RABBI MOSHE SILVER blows a Yemenite shofar at the Jerusalem Promenade
One rabbi’s efforts to ensure every Jew in Jerusalem hears the shofar
By Rivkah Lambert Adler
WORKING ON a COVID-19 vaccine at Kiryat Shmona’s MIGAL Galilee Research Institute in March
Jewish Law - Preparing for flu season and a coronavirus vaccine
By SHLOMO BRODY
‘THE RETURN of the Prodigal Son,’ 1668, remembered by many as Rembrandt van Rijn’s greatest masterpiece
Parshat Va’Ethanan: Innocent addition or destruction of a masterpiece?
By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
A FAMILY practicing social distancing talks to a friend from their balcony, in April in Jerusalem
Tisha Be’av - Crisis and consolation
‘TRUE LOVE is messy’: Celebrating Tu Be’av in Jerusalem’s Mishkenot Sha’ananim in a previous year
Tu Be’av - On love and forgiveness
By YAEL HIRSCH BIDERMAN
A Jewish worshipper prays next to the Western Wall on Tisha B'Av, a day of fasting and lament, in Jerusalem's Old City
Chief Rabbi: COVID-19 patients can't fast on Tisha B'Av, shorten prayer
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People pray ahead of Yom Kippur on the roof of a seminary overlooking the Western Wall, in Jerusalem’s Old City in 2012.
Global campaign launched to support yeshivot and seminaries during corona
Tisha Be'Av in Safed
Tisha Be’av in corona times
Chief Rabbi David Lau prays at special prayer service during coronavirus outbreak, March 2020
Rabbi Lau, Rabbi Kanievsky: Avinu Malkeinu prayer should be said daily
Milk products: Heaven forfend
Why the Tzemach Tzedek told his son to beware of dairy
By LEVI COOPER
Judge's gavel, illustrative
Parashat Devarim: The values that give us the right to exist
By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
Lev Segal's 'Fiddler On The Roof' makes music in Netanya
‘Fiddler on the Roof’ – What traditions are we passing down?
By DEVORAH KUR
Jewish men attend morning prayer as they keeping distance from one another as part of measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, at a synagogue in the Jewish settlement of Efrat, in Gush Etzion
Reimagining Judaism after COVID-19
By ALAN JOTKOWITZ
Marching around the gates to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City on Tisha Be'av eve, 2019
Why we can smile on Tisha Be’av
By MOSHE TARAGIN
'I was fortunate that at my Boy Scout camp in Georgia, we had a minyan of my fellow Jewish scouts.'
Tisha Be’av in the modern age
By DAVID GEFFEN
Dirshu celebration on completion of the seven year Daf Yomi cycle in New Jersey in January 2020
Torah study org. to give yeshiva students NIS 12 m. for summer program
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