Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Nisan 16, 5774
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Not a synagogue member? Don't have High Holiday tickets? Don't feel like shelling out money for admittance to services? Truth be told, free options locally for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are not very plentiful. But they're out there if you know where to look. In addition to the region's Chabad Lubavitch houses -- which request, but don't require, a...
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Fredda Sacharow, JE Feature
For parents, it's all about packing away buckets and sand shovels, and hauling out dressy clothes. For their children, it means transitioning from playing on the beach to sitting quietly in shul. For synagogue choirs, it means having virtually no time to practice the intricate melodies and depending on the sense memories of last year's tunes. And for rabbis, it...
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Robert S. Wistrich
This year, Tisha B'Av once again reminded us of the dangers of "gratuitous hatred" without rhyme or reason for one's fellow Jews; the kind of hatred for its own sake, which seems more recently to have become part of our everyday Israeli reality. While divisions between Orthodox and secular Jews, or the bitter antagonism toward settlers in the West Bank,...
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A somber darkness envelops the sanctuary; prayers are read in muted candlelight, and the Torah scrolls are draped in black. At the 31/2-hour service on erev Tisha B'Av at Congregation Mikveh Israel in Center City, the normal prayer melodies are "replaced by the monotonous and heart-wrenching cadence" that evokes a sense of mourning, explained Rabbi Albert Gabbai. The holiday, a...
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Apparently, not all Jewish festivals have been created equal. Passover has the seder -- the most widely observed Jewish ritual -- the eating of matzah and a stirring narrative of a people's deliverance from slavery. Sukkot, which has undergone something of a revival among non-Orthodox Jews in recent years, has the building of the sukkah booth at home, and the...
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