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Posts Tagged ‘fasting’

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Let’s Talk About Yom Kippur Real Fast

Sponsored by The Lash Lounge In my hangry (hungry and angry) state whilst wrangling mildly repentant children on Yom Kippur, I got to thinking. Surrounded by saltines and raisins (the meager rations provided to the small humans), I thought about how fasting, abstaining from something, does not (outside of Yom Kippur) need to be an unpleasant…

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Rosh Hashanah – Holiday 101

Myjewishlearning.com Did you know these facts about the Jewish New Year? Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, starts at sundown on Sept. 9. It’s known for apples dipped in honey, record synagogue attendance and as the kickoff to the Days of Awe, which culminate on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. We’re guessing that even the most…

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Brandon Klein leads a meditation class.

Jewish Paths

Meditation is a way to connect with yourself, others this season. Approaching the High Holiday season, most would not think to bring any meditation or mindfulness skills they learned on a yoga mat or a meditation workshop along to High Holiday services. But Brandon Klein, who left a doctoral program in psychology at Hofstra University…

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Dr. Stephen Goldman

With A Terminal Illness, What Do You Pray For This Yontef?

a reflection by Dr. Stephen Goldman L’shanah haba’ah b’Yerushalyim! These words end the final closing service every Yom Kippur. Our fasting (maybe) and praying are finished. We have just completed 10 of the most important days on our calendar. We do this, hopefully, every year. Each year we pray to be inscribed in the Book…

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recipes to break the fast beautifully. Traditional bagel with red fish and soft cheese on the table closeup. horizontal view from above. Yom Kippur fast.

Break The Fast Beautifully

Yom Kippur falls on the same day every year, the 10th day of Tishrei — exactly 10 days from Rosh Hashanah — and ends a period known as the Days of Awe, the time set aside to atone for the sins of the past year. Part of the atonement process includes a 25-hour fast. While…

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In Their Own Words

Sponsored by our community partners Pain Free Life Centers Essays from local teens dealing with mental health challenges. Teens involved in UMatter at the Friendship Circle in West Bloomfield periodically submit essays to the organization’s website that deal with their own personal struggles with mental health. Friendship Circle is sharing these anonymous essays with the JN.…

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An Ultra Orthodox Jewish man prays at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, at the end of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and the holiest of Jewish holidays. Israel came to a standstill for 25-hours during the high holiday of Yom Kippur when observant Jews fast and Israelis are prohibited from driving. Photo by Flash90

Faith And Fasting: A Look At The Practice Ahead Of Yom Kippur

BY MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN of JNS Food abstention and restrictions are ancient practices whose purpose and benefit span across the three Abrahamic faiths — Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Fasting is the most commonly known Yom Kippur ritual. According to a 2016 Pew survey, 40 percent of American Jews and 60 percent of Israeli Jews fast on the Day…

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Men pray at the Western Wall in 1929. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Tisha B’Av 101

myjewishlearning.com Tisha b’Av, the ninth day of the month of Av (this year July 22), is the major day of communal mourning in the Jewish calendar. Although many disasters are said to have befallen the Jews on this day, the major commemoration is of the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem in…

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Tishah b’Av Shabbat

Weekly Torah Portion – From Sorrow To Joy

Parshat D’varim: Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22; Isaiah 1:1-27. This Shabbat coincides with the 9th of Av on the Hebrew calendar. Known in Hebrew as Tishah b’Av, it is the day on which we annually mark the destruction of both holy temples in Jerusalem by fasting and mourning. This year, however, since it coincides with Shabbat, not only…

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