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I plan to attend Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur services this year for the first time. Will I be expected to donate money during the service, like in a church service? If so, what’s the "right” amount?
You will not be expected to give money during the Rosh HaShanah or Yom Kippur services. In fact, it is customary to not exchange money on Shabbat or major Jewish holidays.
Galilee Diary: Uncertainty
by Marc Rosenstein
(Originally published in Galilee Diary and Ten Minutes of Torah)
Galilee Diary: On the Waterfront
He will take us back in love; He will cover up our iniquities, You will hurl all our sins into the depths of the sea. -Micah 7:19
The Soap Myth: A Conversation with Playwright Jeff Cohen
The Soap Myth, a new play about Holocaust denial, stars Ed Asner and Tovah Feldshuh.
7 Ideas for Observing Yom HaShoah This Year
Here are just a few of the many stories, prayers, and other resources to help you commemorate this solemn holiday.
A New Jewish Initiative Will Stand Up for Immigrant and Refugee Justice
On the eve of Yom HaShoah, the Kraus Family Foundation and the Union for Reform Judaism announced a new initiative to galvanize people to action around the immigration and refugee crisis in the U.S.
Yom HaShoah: When Will Senseless Hatred Be a Thing of the Past?
On Yom HaShoah, I will attend a ceremony at Yad Vashem. While it would be good to hear Israeli leaders talk about anti-Semitism in the past tense, I doubt it will happen.
Making a Way Out of No Way
And in Acharei Mot, we read: “The Eternal One spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron who died when they drew too close to the presence of the Eternal. The Eternal One said to Moses, ‘Tell your brother Aaron…’” (Lev. 16:1-2)
10 Holocaust-Related Books to Read this Yom HaShoah
Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) is a time for meditation, reflection, and somber memorial. These books can help guide your introspection.