The holiest day
The holiest day

In the Jewish calendar, the holiest days are Shabbat (the Sabbath) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement). Both are prescribed for Jews by the Torah. Shabbat begins Friday night at sundown, ending Saturday night an hour after sunset. Candles are lit marking the onset of the seventh day. A prayer service is conducted at

“Love thy neighbor as thyself”
“Love thy neighbor as thyself”

Nadav Ben Yehuda and Aydin Irmak _ At age 24 in 2012, Nadav Ben Yehuda was a law student in Rehovot. He was also Israel’s most successful mountain climber, having scaled the world’s highest and most perilous peaks, some solo and without supplemental oxygen. Still, he had yet to conquer Mount Everest. In the spring

Our connection with Ukraine
Our connection with Ukraine

Our graphic artist, Y., formerly of Jerusalem, lives in Kharkiv in Ukraine, which has been under daily bombardment since Russian attacks began on February 24. He writes us when he has an internet connection. Recently he wrote: “The situation is serious. Instead of 50 shellings a day, now it is 60.” Just before the holidays,

Rearranging the chairs
Rearranging the chairs

An acquaintance of mine in Jerusalem leads guided tours of historical Jewish communities across Europe for Israelis. Some years ago, he boasted that Moscow was his favorite destination and that Jews there are the safest of all the Jews in Europe. My view was that he was misguided and reacting to a temporary phenomenon. The

In every generation, the Eternal delivers us
In every generation, the Eternal delivers us

News reports worldwide have told of the “wave of terror” sweeping across Israel. Messages from our readers assured us of their prayers for our safety and urged us to be careful. We are grateful for every expression of concern. It is true that in Israel it is wise to always be on guard, watchful. We

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