Newsletter Issue # 48 September 19, 2012

Chicago White Sox Jewish third baseman Kevin Youkilis, said he was pleased with the time change for the Sept. 25 game to accommodate Yom Kippur. The game against the Cleveland Indians was moved to 1:10 P.M. from 7:10 P.M. The White Sox club said a number of White Sox fans had contacted the club over the game’s conflict with Yom Kippur.

More than 15,000 Torah scholars joined together around the world last Friday for the largest Talmud test in history. The event  took place in dozens of the organization’s international testing centers. This involved an examination of the scholars’ command over a 30-page section of the Tractate Brachos, the 13th cycle of the Daf Yomi daily Torah learning program.

Jewish communities around the world were preparing for the Jewish new year that starts on Sunday evening, each with its unique traditions and festivals. For instance in Buenos Aires, organizers of an annual fiesta called Rosh Hashana Urbano were putting the final touches on their event.

The Jewish People begin the High Holydays, or Days of Awe, Sunday evening, on the first of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, ushering in the year 5773. Rosh Hashannah is also the start of the Ten Days of Repentance which culminate with the solemn Fast of Yom Kippur on the tenth day of Tishrei.

In Judaism, names are seen as very significant.  This is the reason why things are often given multiple names with each name represents a distinct yet complementary aspect of the entity. One of the most well known examples are the Jewish Holidays, but most every holiday in the Jewish calendar possesses multiple names.

Guillermo works in the oil and gas industry, a career path that placed him smack dab in the middle of rural Canada. If the location wasn’t a challenge, his busy schedule made it impossible for him to attend synagogue or be a part of a Jewish community. He found just what he was looking for when his girlfriend sent him to

Food is never simply food on a Jewish table, it’s symbolic and carries meaning that goes beyond the sum of its parts. Among the many symbolic foods that are feasted on during Rosh Hashanah, apples and honey have to be two of the most recognizable food symbols of the holiday, with their sweetness serving as a hope for a sweet year to come.

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