Jews observe Yom Kippur in Israel.

Last Tuesday, Jews from around the world celebrated Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

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The circumcision of Jesus.

The circumcision of Jesus is an event from the life of Jesus according to the Gospel of Luke, which states in verse 2:21 that Jesus was circumcised eight days after his birth (traditionally January 1). This is in keeping with the Jewish law which holds that males should be circumcised eight days after birth during a Read More

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What is Yom Kippur?

Today, Jews from the whole world are celebrating Yom Kippur: the holiest day of the Jewish year. It is the Day of Atonement—“For on this day He will forgive you, to purify you, that you be cleansed from all your sins before God” (Leviticus 16:30). For nearly twenty-six hours—from several minutes before sunset on 9Tishrei Read More

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Tu b’Av: the holiday of love.

Today Israel is celebrating Tu B’Av (Hebrew: ט”ו באב, the fifteenth of the month Av), a minor Jewish holiday. In modern-day Israel, it is celebrated as a holiday of love, similar to Valentine’s Day. It has been said to be a “great day for weddings”. According to the Mishna, Tu B’Av was a joyous holiday Read More

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Tisha be-Av: the destruction of the Temple.

    by Sr. Anne-Catherine Avril, nds On this Sunday, July 26, the Jewish people remember the destruction of the first and second Temples. This is the “tisha B’Av, the 9th of the month Av, the fifth month of the Jewish year. Great fasting day with intense prayer. We read the scroll of Eicha (first word Read More

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Why Break a Glass at a Jewish Wedding?

Rabbi Aron Moss The destruction of the Holy Temple has extreme personal relevance. It happened to you. It is true that shattering the glass primarily commemorates the fall of Jerusalem; however, it is also a reminder of another cataclysmic shattering—that of your very own temple, your soul.Before you were born, you and your soulmate were Read More

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