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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...

Clockwise, from upper left: Kubana, Hot Chocolate, Zimsterne, Red Snapper

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....