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What the Day of Atonement Meant to One Hasidic Woman

By Frimet Goldberger

For married women belonging to the Satmar Hasidic sect, getting ready for Yom Kippur means a special visit to the ritual bath — and wearing white.Read More

Does Fasting Put Pregnant Women at Risk?

By Anna Goldenberg

Is it a health risk for pregnant women to fast on Yom Kippur? A new study suggests that it might be — but the science behind it is anything but understood.Read More

A Satmar Girl Remembers Rosh Hashanah With Honey and Fear

By Frimet Goldberger

Growing up in the ultra-Orthodox Satmar community, celebrating Rosh Hashanah meant honey, vows for modesty, praying with father — and waking up early to confuse Satan.Read More

10 Reasons Why Celebrating Both Jewish and Secular New Years is a Win-Win

By Ellen Scolnic and Joyce Eisenberg

How is the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah, different from that other New Year? Let us count down the ways, so you can raise your champagne glass — twice.Read More

Do's and Don'ts of Going to Synagogue Only on High Holidays

By Lenore Skenazy

For every Jew who goes to synagogue only on the High Holidays, there’s a rabbi keenly aware of that fact. Sometimes even ‘stressed’ and ‘frustrated’ over that fact.Read More

All the Senior Ladies

By Ezra Glinter

Ari Seth Cohen is a man who knows how to talk to ladies — at least if they’re 65 and up. With his blog and documentary, Cohen celebrates the fashionable seniors of New York City.Read More

‘Here Lies Soap’

By Susan J. Gordon

Curious about a cenotaph commemorating the Holocaust, Susan J. Gordon traveled to Ukraine in search of her family history — but the answers lay a little closer to home.Read More

I Smuggled a Shul From Sweden to Israel

By Shlomo Liberman

Suppose you want to ship a synagogue from Sweden to Israel. It’s 1991 and the lack of a free trade agreement means paying high import duties. What do you do?Read More

The Incredible History of Jewish Smuggling

By Gabe Friedman

Sometimes Jews transferred goods illegally to preserve their way of life; in other cases, the incentives were less noble. From kosher wine to Ecstasy, here are our best bootlegs.Read More

Two Women and Two Faiths — One Shared Path

By Rachel Brown and Frimet Goldberger

Frimet Goldberger grew up Hasidic. Rachel Brown was raised Mormon. They talk about growing up, leaving their religious groups — and how to maintain enduring faith.Read More

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