JBuzz Musings September 25, 2013: Quebec Jews oppose proposed Charter of Values

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Quebec Jews oppose proposed Charter of Values

By Bonnie K. Goodman

The Jewish community in Quebec, Canada is standing in opposition to the Quebec government’s new proposed bill the Charter of Quebec Values and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs – Quebec (CIJA-Québec) announced on Tuesday, Sept…READ MORE
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JBuzz Musings September 25, 2013: Gilad Shalit receives warm welcome from Jewish community on Canadian Tour

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Gilad Shalit receives warm welcome from Jewish community on Canadian Tour (Video)

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Gilad Shalit completed the Eastern portion of his four city Canadian tour, having visited Toronto and Montreal on Sept. 16 and 17, 2013 respectively, receiving a warm welcome and greeted by large crowds at both synagogues where he spoke; Toronto…READ MORE

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JBuzz Features September 18, 2013: 10 things you probably don’t know about Sukkot

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10 things you probably don’t know about Sukkot

Source: Haaretz, 9-18-13

Some of the traditions and customs of this holiday, such as sleeping under the stars for a whole week, may seem strange enough to the onlooker, but these 10 things you probably don’t know will make it seem even stranger….READ MORE

JBuzz Features September 13, 2013: Yom Kippur Guide for the Perplexed, 2013

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Yom Kippur Guide for the Perplexed, 2013

Source: Algemeiner, 9-13-13

1.  Yom Kippur commemorates God’s forgiveness for the sin of the Golden Calf…

2.  Yom Kippur is a day of forgiveness only for sins committed against God….

3.  Yom Kippur’s focus on seeking forgiveness highlights humility….

4.  Yom Kippur is a Happy Jewish Holiday….

5. Yom Kippur is observed on the tenth day of the Jewish month of Tishrei, whose astrological sign is Libra (♎)….

6. Three holidays – Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot (Tabernacles) – are celebrated during the Jewish month of Tishrei…

7.  The first human being, Adam, was created on the first day of Tishrei…

8.  Yom Kippur and the Jubilee highlight liberty and the subordination to God….

9.  The Hebrew word Kippur כיפור  (atonement/repentance) is a derivative of the Biblical word Kaporet כפורת….

10. Yom Kippur calls for repentance – Teshuvah, תשובה in Hebrew….

11.  The Hebrew spelling of ”fast” (צם/צום) – abstinence from food – reflects the substance of Yom Kippur….

12.  The prayer of Veedooi -וידוי  (confession/reaffirmation in Hebrew) is recited ten times during Yom Kippur….

13.  A Memorial Candle, commemorating one’s parent(s), is lit during Yom Kippur….

14.  The Scroll of Jonas is read on Yom Kippur….

15.  A long sound of the Shofar (תקיעה גדולה) concludes Yom Kippur….READ MORE

JBuzz Features September 11, 2013: 10 things you probably don’t know about Yom Kippur

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10 things you probably don’t know about Yom Kippur

Source: Haaretz, 9-11-13

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 ‘Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur,’ by Maurycy Gottlieb, 1878. Photo by Wikimedia Commons

You may go to synagogue every Yom Kippur and have fasted religiously since you were knee-high to a Torah scroll, but do you really know the history of this holiest of days?…READ MORE

JBuzz News September 9, 2013: Seventh-century treasures discovered at foot of Temple Mount

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Seventh-century treasures discovered at foot of Temple Mount

Source: JTA, 9-9-13

Gold and silver coins and jewelry dated from the seventh century were discovered at an excavation at the foot of the Temple Mount, Hebrew University researchers said….READ MORE