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Prague's Spanish Synagogue.

Torah scroll’s return reaffirms Prague’s Jewish identity

By Margarita Gokun Silver PRAGUE — A new Torah scroll is being used in this historic city by one of its two Reform Jewish congregations to welcome the High Holidays...

Solomon Alexander Hart depicts Simchat Torah in Leghorn, Italy. (Wikimedia)

Steinsaltz offers new type of commentary on the Torah

On Simchat Torah this Tuesday, the last piece in the Torah is finished and the first piece — Genesis — is begun. The just published, new type of commentary on the...

Selichot at the Kotel, 2018

Awe & inspiration at midnight selichot at the Kotel

By Ilanit Chernick The sound of the shofar was loud and strong. Every few moments a man dressed in white, wearing a Breslov kippah, blew into the ram’s horn as people...

Decorating the sukkah is the perfect kids holiday activity.

Why Sukkot is the best holiday for kids

NEW YORK — Here’s the short version: If you leave your kids home on the High Holidays so you can have grownup praying time, don’t do othat on Sukkot. Bring your...

Rabbi Jehoshua Raskin shares a ride with other visitors to Lyubavichi, Russia, Aug. 26.

Birthplace of Chabad (pop. 200) invites pilgrimages

LYUBAVICHI, Russia — At the age of 92, Valentina Prilashkevitch and her twin sister, Claudia, need to cautiously negotiate the dirt road leading to their wooden home...

Temple Anshe Hesed in Erie, Pa. (Alanna Cooper)

Synagogue downsizing: What to do with all that stuff

By Alanna E. Cooper ERIE, Pa. — There was some debate about putting the old synagogue up for sale and moving to a new, smaller building, but not much. In 2012, a major...

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...

(Liron Almog/Flash90)

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...