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Why fast on Yom Kippur?

HERUT Shitrid vividly recalls the first Yom Kippur she fasted. She was only 10, but somehow she was able to make it through the whole day.

“I felt proud,” she says nearly two decades later. “I was so proud that I could do it.”

These days, Shitrid spends much of her time serenading with her harp the passers-by at Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City. But back when she was growing up in the southern Israeli city Beersheba, fasting on Yom Kippur was one way to emulate the adults’ process of teshuva — to repent, or to return to your faith and your highest self.

“If we’re asking G-d to delete our sins, we have to show Him we’re willing to sacrifice a little bit,” Shitrid says.

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Museum for Human Rights stirs controversy with larger focus on Holocaust

Museum for Human Rights stirs controversy with larger focus on HolocaustTORONTO — On the fourth floor of the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights, visitors will find a gallery called “Examining the Holocaust,” which is devoted entirely to its story and lessons. On the same floor, in a smaller, adjacent space, a gallery called “Breaking the Silence” examines a cluster of five genocides officially recognized by the Canadian government: the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia; the Armenian and Rwandan genocides; the Holodomor, or the starvation of millions of Ukra...

Last Updated ( Monday, 29 September 2014 11:57 )

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NCJW passionate about defeating human trafficking

NCJW passionate about defeating human trafficking ROSH HASHANAH EDITIONSECTION A PAGE 12 It’s a big job: The need for more knowledge, more money, more buy-in from social justice advocates, more laws — and more enforcement of the laws already on the books. Open your eyes – you’ll see it. It happens in shopping malls, at highway rest areas, on streets and sidewalks, at truck stops and motels. The visible interaction usually seems ordinary, innocuous, harmless — hence invisible. “The crime occurs in secrecy,” says Beatrice Kah...

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 September 2014 07:32 )

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Shofar makes house calls

Shofar makes house calls ROSH HASHANAH EDITIONSECTION D PAGE 13 LOS ANGELES — In preparation for the High Holidays last year, my community sent its shofar blower on the road. During the month of Elul, in the run-up to Rosh Hashanah, we are supposed to hear the shofar blown every day except Shabbat. Traditionally this is done in shul. But our small, lay-led congregation does not meet on weekdays. So my wife, Brenda, who blows the shofar for the Movable Minyan, as our congregation is called, offered to visit member...
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‘The Cheese Guy’ ages kosher 60-pound wheels in his basement

‘The Cheese Guy’ ages kosher 60-pound wheels in his basement ROSH HASHANAH EDITIONSECTION D PAGE 3 YONKERS, NY — If you’re going to Brent Delman’s home in this New York City suburb on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, don’t expect to see the typical meat menu. Delman and his physician wife, Patricia, plan to host a dairy lunch on the first day that features casseroles and quiches. The meal also will feature a cheese tasting with tropical fruits like guava, dates and figs. The sharpness of the cheeses and the sweetness of the fruits make a delic...
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