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Orthodox Jewish girls perform Kapparot in Jerusalem, 2016. (Ilia Yefimovich/Getty)

Eight lesser-known facts about Judaism’s holiest day

By Stacey Ilyse, Kveller Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement, starts at sundown on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Traditionally  the most somber days on the Jewish calendar,...

Roast Duck, left, and Baked Apple Pudding with Pears, from German-Jewish Cookbook

German-Jewish Cookbook: A food anthropology

From IJN High Holiday Foods in the 1990s, my brother brought a cassette of Jewish humor home from school. One of the routines featured a heimish Jewish woman who was...

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A vegan take on apples & honey

NEW YORK — The truth is, there is no commandment in Judaism to dip an apple in honey on Rosh Hashanah. But what would the Jewish New Year be without the custom? It’s...

Ethiopian women in Gondar sift wheat in preparation for making matzah.

Ethiopians waiting to emigrate hold seder

JERUSALEM — Many of the at least 8,000 Ethiopians awaiting Israeli government approval to move to the Jewish state attended a Passover seder in Gondar or Addis Ababa...

American Airlines at O'Hare (Scott Olson/Getty)

What happens when your flight is canceled on erev Pesach

By Ben Sales and Josefin Dolsten The ancient Israelites had to cross the Red Sea. Four thousand years later, Jeannie R. Fisher had to get her family of five from New...

Pieter Heijs, owner of Hollandia Matzes.

In Holland, they love matzah all year long

PASSOVER EDITION 5778 SECTION C PAGE 10 ENSCHEDE, Netherlands — For most matzah bakeries, Passover is their lifeline and only claim to financial viability. After the...

Western Wall employees remove notes from between the stones of the wall before Passover, March 20. (Hillel Maeir/TPS)

Passover cleaning at the Western Wall

By Mara Vigevani If you wonder what happens to the hundreds of thousands of notes placed into the cracks of the Western Wall, here’s the answer: Twice a year, before...

Purim costumes at Brurya in Tel Aviv.

In Israel, Purim is a unifying force

Queen Esther and Uncle Mordechai, King Ahasuerus and that rogue Haman. All of them (and even poor old deposed Queen Vashti) would be flummoxed by the sheer volume of...

The sfinj hails from North Africa. (Wikimedia)

Sufganiyah or sfinj?

TEL AVIV — The sufganiyah is the plump, shining star of Chanukah in Israel. During the holiday season, the famed jelly doughnut poses in the windows of cafés and...

One of the menorahs at the Museum of Lights in Casale Monferrato.

It’s always Chanukah in this picturesque Italian town

CHANUKAH 5778 SECTION E PAGE 6 CASALE MONFERRATO, Italy — It’s always Chanukah in this picturesque town in northern Italy’s Piedmont region. Jews have lived in...