Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is one of the high holidays in Judaism and one of the holiest days of the year. Beginning on the date of Tishrei 9, Jews around the world observe the holiday for almost 26 hours. Jews abstain from all food and drink (excluding those who are pregnant or have health problems), do not wash or wear perfume, do not wear leather and do not engage in marital relations. The day is steeped in prayer and introspection, though is also a day of great joy, since it is a day when sins between man and God are absolved.

The damaged door of a synagogue is seen in Halle, Germany October 10, 2019, after two people were ki
German Jews thrive despite ongoing antisemitism a year after Halle attack

Even post-Holocaust, there is a continuity of antisemitism and hate in Germany over the past decades, and Halle is another link in the long chain of antisemitic attacks and rhetoric.

By DALIA GRINFELD/JTA
09/10/2020
Learning from change amid COVID for benefit of environmental future

Enveloped by the purity of white on Yom Kippur, designed to elevate our connection to God, how much thought have we given to the resources required to produce this holy finery.

By RICHARD SHAVEI-TZION
07/10/2020
Sweden may ban ‘racist organizations’ after neo-Nazi Yom Kippur campaign

The Nordic Resistance Movement, a neo-Nazi group, targeted Jews in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland with antisemitic harassment during the week before Yom Kippur.

UK Police: Yom Kippur swastika did not target 'on basis of race, religion'

Police removed the swastika from public view, but are still attempting to find the one responsible.

Yom Kippur War series 'Valley of Tears' releases promos ahead of premiere

These previews give a glimpse of a multi-strand series that tells stories from this war that have never been dramatized before.

The Northern California fires affected an already disrupted Yom Kippur

“A very loud alert went off on all our phones,” said Kramer, senior associate rabbi of Congregation Shomrei Torah in Santa Rosa, California, which had prerecorded the opening Yom Kippur service.

By MAYA MIRSKY/JTA , DAN PINE/JTA , GABE STUTMAN / JTA
01/10/2020
Tech firm’s outage on Yom Kippur eve leaves synagogues helpless

As Jews braced for an unprecedented Yom Kippur celebrated largely online, synagogues across the country whose websites are hosted by Shul Cloud found their sites were inoperable Sunday night.

By BEN HARRIS/JTA
01/10/2020
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1,000 attend Yom Kippur service at minor league ballpark in New Jersey

The worshippers were able to sit socially distanced but also see each other, according to the report. “It’s one of the most meaningful things we’ve ever been a part of.”

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
30/09/2020
Pompeo’s Yom Kippur visit to Thessaloniki posed ‘dilemma’ for Greek Jews

Thessaloniki’s Jews have for decades lobbied for greater recognition of their community’s Holocaust tragedy, which many feel is relatively unknown despite its monumental scale.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
30/09/2020
6-year-old whose ‘Avinu Malkeinu’ went viral sings at Central Synagogue

The video circulated widely last month after Nina Shapiro taped her son singing a children’s version of the song that is an emotional high point of High Holiday liturgy.

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
30/09/2020
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