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An MDA medic wearing protective gear against coronavirus waits outside Shaare Zedek Hospital, Jerusa

MDA prepares for a challenging Yom Kippur in light of coronavirus pandemic

Chairman of the Histadrut Arnon Bar-David dispatched an urgent letter to Health Minister Yuli Edelstein, warning him of a complete collapse of the MDA.

The confession of an ardent Zionist

Am “Al het” of the shortcomings of a people returned to its land.

The echoes of Yom Kippur

As the Ne’ila service closes out Yom Kippur, we become a better and more refined version of who we are.

Passing on kindness

In rabbinic literature, the biblical ideal of hessed encompasses mitzvot such as visiting the sick, burying the dead, comforting the mourner, and helping a bride and groom rejoice.

Taking responsibility on Yom Kippur

The coronavirus may compel people to look at the world and their place in it this year in a very different way.

The Siege and Destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans Under the Command of Titus, A.D. 70

Fast of the 17th of Tammuz: Times and customs

See fast start and end times for your area.

Chief Rabbi David Lau prays at special prayer service during coronavirus outbreak, March 2020

Israel's Chief Rabbi calls for public fast day amid coronavirus outbreak

For those who can't fast, Lau asked that they take on a "ta'anit dibur," a practice in which one abstains from all speech that does not concern Torah or prayer.

‘THE DESTRUCTION of the Temple of Jerusalem,’ Francesco Hayez, 1867

Asara B'Tevet, the siege of Jerusalem: Fast start and end times

The fast, also known as Asarah B'Tevet, was originally established to commemorate the beginning of the siege of Jerusalem by the Babylonian emperor Nebuchadnezzar in 425 BCE.

A HOMEMADE bagel with fresh gravlax from ‘Modern Jewish Baker.’

Who by fire: 38,000 pounds of bagels burnt in truck days before Yom Kippur

Even after the Yom Kippur fast, some will have to wait a little longer until they can have their favorite food


Fasting: From ancient practice to modern trend

Fasting is not a new idea, as Jews know, and scientists are looking at the practice’s potential health benefits.

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