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Two Trees (of Life) Grow in Brooklyn

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Zachary Ruttenberg first connected with Chabad last year in Mumbai, India, where he was living at the time. Two young rabbinical students from the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., showed up at the synagogue where he was praying—Magen David in Colaba—and said if he was ever in Brooklyn, he should look them up. A year and several countries […]

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Yom Kippur: 64% fast, 46% Pray

Yom Kippur: 64% fast, 46% Pray

The Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur continues to unite the majority of people in Israel and is mostly marked – despite tempting alternatives – according to tradition, by fasting and praying. A Ynet-Gesher poll reveals that, as in previous years, the majority of the public plans to fast on the Day of Atonement and […]

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240 ‘Accessible’ Services to be Held on Yom Kippur

A joint project of Tzohar, the Ba’yachad bridge-building organization, the Israel Association for Community Centers and the Ministry for Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs, will see more than 240 “accessible” prayer services held across the country on Yom Kippur. The motivation behind what is now an annual campaign is to create a welcoming experience for […]

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The Purpose of Sitting Shiva

Shiva is the Jewish period of mourning observed the first week after the funeral of a parent, spouse, sibling, or child. From the time of death until the conclusion of the funeral, the primary focus and concern is on the care of the deceased and the burial preparations. Once shiva begins, the focus shifts to […]

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The Jewish Women: Inside the Synagogue

The Talmud states that women are generally exempted from doing Jewish religious activities. Orthodox Judaism stresses its importance especially that women have family obligations. There are a number of rules for Jewish women in the synagogues – some observed strictly by the Orthodox sect while other Jewish sects are more lenient about it (Conservative and […]

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A Closer Look at How Women Are Valued in the Jewish Faith

The role of Jewish women has often been misunderstood and misinterpreted. Women’s role in the Jewish community is not as inferior as some critics have assumed. Traditional Jewish laws stipulate that the roles of  women are different from men but not necessarily inferior. Judaism believes in the equality of people. In Judaism, God is not […]

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