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Sukkot: Why it’s the favorite holiday at our house

Sukkot — which begins Monday evening, Sept. 20 — has long been a favorite holiday at the Altman house in Colorado Springs. For my husband and me, it is a […]

Muslims in the Gulf explore High Holiday traditions

By Josh Hasten, JNS With Jews around the world set to begin the High Holiday season, the small Jewish communities in six Gulf states, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman,...

Double your joy: Five fascinating facts about the Jewish leap year

ROSH HASHANAH EDITION 5782 SECTION D PAGE 4 Buckle your seatbelts. With the arrival of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish world is being thrown headlong into the leap year of...

A sudden death, a near miss, holiday prayer

A life ended suddenly on a highway north of Manhattan early one Sunday morning the week before Rosh Hashanah a year ago, and it merited barely a few paragraphs on...

Surprise COVID effect: More Torah study

By Steve Lipman A Brooklyn-born resident of Denver for more than four decades, Steven Shecter says he had a typical US Jewish education growing up — he had briefly...

8 days of Passover, 8 COVID lessons

PASSOVER EDITION 5781 SECTION A PAGE 20 When the Haggadah tells us: “You have redeemed us from Egypt. You have freed us from the house of bondage. You have fed...

Passover 5781: How is this year different?

The IJN asked Talia Haykin, Ellyn Hutt, Diana Kaplan and Maxwell Rotbart to share memories of Passover 2020, expectations for Passover 2021 (just one day away) and...

Mexican Passover food mashup

By Sybil Sancez PACHUCA, Mexico — Like other Jews around the world, Alegra Smeke turns to traditional foods during Passover. For her that means Syrian dishes with a...

Purim 2020 was a lugubrious Jewish turning point; little change in 2021

NEW YORK — In any other year, the mask-decorating party planned for later this month at Congregation Beth El Ner Tamid in Broomall, Pa. would make perfect sense:...

Chanukah is coming just when we need it most

CHANUKAH 5781 SECTION E, PAGE 11 Just saying the word “Chanukah” brings smiles. As does conjuring up the sight of candles ablaze and the sounds of boisterously...