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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 Back in the 1990s, my brother brought a cassette of Jewish humor home from school. One of the routines featured a heimish Jewish woman who...

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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...

Hydrox celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2008. (Wikimedia Commons)

Oreo, Oreo on the wall: fairest of them all?

NEW YORK — You know what Oreos are. They’re two delicious chocolate cookies sandwiched around a creme filling. Oreos also come in Double Stuff, vanilla, birthday...

The kosher cheeseburger at Shelly's

A kosher cheeseburger? It’s not ‘impossible.’

TEANECK, NJ — For many Americans, no hamburger is complete without cheese. Whether a slice of no-fuss American or something fancier, the cheese melds the beef patty...

A happy camper at the St. Louis day camp run by the JCRC.

Teens help refugee kids acclimate at Jewish summer camp

ST. LOUIS — When he signed up to be a counselor at a Jewish-run summer camp for refugee children, Isaac Eastlund expected to confront trauma. Instead, when he would...

Miriam Dubi-Gazan

Ghost writer’s encounters her own ghost

AMSTERDAM — As a seasoned ghost writer who specializes in biographies, Miriam Dubi-Gazan says there is no such thing as a boring life story. Her attention to detail,...

Sunrise at the Western Wall

Blessed be the jet lag

Blessed be the flight delays and blessed be the jet lag. They made it happen — half the sweetness of my four days in Israel. The El Al flight taking off for Israel was...

Rabbi Michael Schudrich

Auschwitz to Cracow — Ride for the Living

By Rob Gloster, J. via JTA CRACOW — Wearing a kippah under his bicycle helmet and a tallit beneath his jersey, Rabbi Michael Schudrich was sore and hungry after an...

The Ulma Museum

Polish rescuers of Jews honored at unique museum

MARKOWA, Poland — Memorial plaques bearing the names of Poles killed for rescuing Jews line the pathway leading to a small, austere structure built into a hillside in...