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Your etrog...courtesy of Mohammed

Your etrog...courtesy of Mohammed

ASSADS, Morocco — Why the Jews want etrogs, Mohammed Douch does not entirely understand. What he does know is that they are his main customers.

Each August and September, Jewish merchants come from around the world to his remote grove in the highlands of Morocco — an hour-long hike through mountains, over rocks and along cliffsides.

Most of the year, Douch, 67, a retired restaurant worker, lives in the northern coastal metropolis of Casablanca. But every summer he moves into a structure with dirt walls and a roof made of branches outside this village in the Atlas Mountains to grow etrogs.

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Google Israel matches Jewish, Arab, Druze students

Google Israel matches Jewish, Arab, Druze studentsJERUSALEM — A program in Israeli schools is bringing Jewish and Arab students together by utilizing technology to break down barriers. The program, “Hanging Out for Peace,” now in its third year, was initiated by ORT School Network, Peres Center for Peace and Google Israel. This year, over 1,000 students from around the country will participate, both male and female students, with an equal number of Jews and Arabs.
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Atonement in the age of social media

Atonement in the age of social mediaCOMING FROM a non-observant family of Jewish immigrants from the Former Soviet Union to Israel, a country where many people tend to lead secular lifestyles, I wasn’t raised in a particularly religious environment. In fact, I can count on fewer than five fingers the times that I stepped foot in a synagogue during my childhood. But one aspect of the Jewish faith that has always appealed to me is its introspective morality. Every fall season, we look back on the past year in advance of Yom Kippu...
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Denver's Dr. David Cohn goes to West Africa to help in fight against Ebola

Denver's Dr. David Cohn goes to West Africa to help in fight against Ebola ROSH HASHANAH EDITIONSECTION A PAGE 12 Let’s face the obvious — infectious diseases are pretty scary. They’re invisible, insidious, quite often deadly — sometimes on a frightening scale. No wonder that spooky TV shows and horror writers from Poe to King have made infectious diseases central components of their stories. In the real world, every so often, we get a sobering reminder of just how dangerous they  are. Just over a year ago, one of the most virulent infectious diseases — ...

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Seeing red

Seeing red ROSH HASHANAH EDITIONSECTION D PAGE 5 JERUSALEM — The Temple Institute is working together with an Israeli cattleman to raise a Red Heifer in Israel, in strict accordance with the Biblical commandment. The project is the culmination of years of research at the Temple Institute that fuses ancient religious texts and modern science. “We’ve been working on this for decades. The Red Heifer has to be supervised and cared for in a special way since its birth. And it’s very complex,” Rabb...
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