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How eight countries break the fast

NEW YORK — After American Jews file out of Yom Kippur services, many return home to a similar meal each year to break the fast: typically bagels, lox and assorted...

Pilgrims to Uman praying at the grave of Rebbe Nachman, Sept. 7, 2013. (Yaakov Naumi/Flash90)

Rosh Hashanah in Uman

UMAN, Ukraine — By selling coffee to Jewish tourists, 18-year-old Yuri Breskov can earn in a week more than his teachers from high school make annually in this...

Dror Yoggev blowing a shofar while Shimon Keinan watches at his Kol Shofar factory in Givat Yoav, Sept. 6, 2017.

Israeli factory sells 7,000 shofars a year

ROSH HASHANAH EDITION 5778SECTION D PAGE 5 GIVAT YOAV, Golan Heights — Shimon Keinan has a business to run. He doesn’t have time to teach you how to blow the shofar....

Malik Swinton on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

US veterans seek healing in Israel

By June Glazer About 20 veterans commit suicide across the US each day, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. An organization providing spiritual healing,...

Lag b'Omer festivities on Mt. Meron in northern Israel, 2015. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

From caves to shaves: the Lag b’Omer Top 10

By Deborah Fineblum Lag b’Omer isn’t one of the best-known Jewish holidays — though some may notice that the men whose faces have grown fairly fuzzy following...

The infamous 'Burning Pit' used by the Nazis to burn the remains of their Jewish victims in the Ponar forest near Vilnius. (Ezra Wolfinger/WGBH)

Astonishing escape: Holocaust tunnel verified

YOM HASHOAH 5777 LOS ANGELES — A one-hour TV program which aired this week on PBS links an incredible Holocaust escape story to advanced scientific techniques....

Yoel 'Yuli' Edelstein speaks on the 30th anniversary of his release from Soviet prison. (Aharon Krohn/TPS)

From Soviet prison to Knesset Speaker

At a distance and in person, it is hard to imagine Yoel (Yuli) Edelstein anywhere but in the Knesset. In contrast to other prominent Russian immigrants such as former...

Hosting a seder: if only it were this composed. (Rebecca Siegel/Flickr)

Hosting a seder: If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry

PASSOVER EDITION 5777SECTION B PAGE 6 NEW YORK — The 30-day period between Purim and Passover is often fraught, especially for Jews — especially if, against all...

Poppy, date, chocolate are still king

TEL AVIV — Cheesecake, amaretto or goat cheese and onion jam? Those are just some of the new hamantaschen options this year at Roladin, a popular Israeli bakery chain....

These sycamore tress on King George St. in Tel Aviv predate the city. (Margaux Stelman)

Five must-see historic trees in Israel

By Michael Brown JERUSALEM — Trees have stories, and Israel’s trees have lots of stories. Scattered throughout the country, scores of ancient and historic trees help...