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Yom Kippur Brings Quiet to Israel Streets

By Ilan Ben Zion (Haaretz)

Heralded by the coming of autumn and the end of daylight savings time, Yom Kippur, Judaism’s day of reckoning and atonement, is almost upon us. Not long ago, I stood among the trembling and repentant on this holiest of days and uttered prayers of forgiveness as votive offerings for my soul. Now, however, I find less meaning in fasting, prayer, and invoking God’s mercy. The Day of Atonement’s arcane rituals - both ancient and modern - that I assiduously studied in school, seem distant and detached.Read More


Israeli Police on Alert for Yom Kippur

Israeli Police have been holding talks with Israeli Arab representatives in bid to diffuse tensions ahead of Yom Kippur, after the burning of an Upper-Galilee mosque earlier this week. Police hope that calm will be restored in time for Yom Kippur on Saturday.Read More


Quartet Will Meet to Jump Start Peace Process

The European Union said Friday that the Middle East Quartet will meet Sunday in Brussels as part of a wider effort to restart the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process.Read More


Kol Nidre Service Set for Occupy Wall Street Protest

By JTA

A Kol Nidre service will take place at the protest movement known as Occupy Wall Street.Read More


The Jewish Zen of Steve Jobs

By Jason Miller (JTA)

Social networking sites began buzzing immediately after word spread of the death of Apple Computer visionary Steve Jobs Wednesday evening. Rabbis took time out of their busy preparations for Yom Kippur to halt their sermon writing and post personal reflections on what the contributions of Steve Jobs’ creative spark had on them.Read More


Foxman Warns Abbas Against Demonizing Israel

By Haaretz

The Palestinian Authority must stop demonizing Israel in the international stage, the Anti-Defamation league said in an open letter to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday, urging the PA leader to return to the negotiations table.Read More


Key Lawmaker Warns UNESCO Against Palestinian Membership

By JTA

Rep. Kay Granger (R-Tex.), warned UNESCO that granting the Palestinians full membership could mean a cutoff in U.S. funding for the cultural body.Read More


Steve Jobs, Apple's Co-Founder, Dead at 56

By Forward Staff

Steve Jobs, the tech visionary who built Apple into a global force, has died at 56 in California, the company said.Read More


Nobel Laureate Says Israel's Science Cuts Hurt Education

By Haaretz

Israeli scientists felt “humiliated” by government slashes to university research budgets, Dan Shechtman, who was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, told Israel Radio on Thursday.Read More


Biden Denies Comment About Pollard's Release

By Haaretz

President Joe Biden denied he said spy Jonathan Pollard would be released “over his dead body,” telling U.S. Jewish leaders on Wednesday, however, that the sentiment expressed in his rejection was his own.Read More





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