Israel Shuts Down for Yom Kippur

Empty highway during Yom Kippur Yom Kippur (which began at sundown Tuesday, October 8 this year) is the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. It follows the 10 Days of Awe in which Jews are particularly focused on repentance, prayer, fasting and acts of charity. According to Jewish tradition, it is believed the righteous (tzaddikim) …

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10 Days of Awe: What do They Mean?

I drive through a Jewish neighborhood each day on the way to and from work. This week, I see many Jewish families walking to a neighborhood synagogue. That is not an unusual scene, except that it is currently happening every single day. What's going on? Jews worldwide celebrated Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets) last Sunday …

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Trumpets, Atonement and Tabernacles …what Does it All Mean?

If you study Jewish culture and tradition, you are likely aware that we're in the midst of the fall feasts of Israel.  There are 7 major feasts, originally prescribed in Scripture, but lived out in either secular context or rabbinic context by most Jews.  The first three (Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread and Feast of …

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Yom Kippur to Commence at Sundown on Friday…Meanwhile, Days of Awe

Last week (Wednesday evening to Friday evening) Jews around the world commemorated Rosh Hashanah...the civil new year in Israel.  It was a time of celebration and blowing the shofar.  Rosh Hashanah launches the fall feast season, leading up to Yom Kippur and Sukkot.  Biblically speaking, those feasts are the Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement …

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