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  • Study: Fasting on Yom Kippur doubles risk of premature birth

    23 hours ago

    Fasting on Yom Kippur in the later stages of pregnancy doubles a woman’s risk for premature delivery, according to a new Israeli study.

    Researchers at Soroka University Medical Center and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba reached the conclusion after studying the...

  • Why fast for Yom Kippur?

    September 11, 2013 | 4:12 pm

    In a time when fasting can be a political statement or a fitness trend, you might wonder about its enduring value as a spiritual ritual. To learn more, we asked people who fast on Yom Kippur what they get out of it. Our modest sample yielded folks who are interested only in a...

  • Live and let live

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 27, 2012 | 10:27 am

    I have recently encountered several comments condemning and disrespecting some ways of religious beliefs. Some were aimed at me, some aimed at others. Surprisingly enough, in "some ways of religious beliefs" I don't mean other religions, I mean different ways of Judaism. It is...

  • Day Five of the Cleanse: Fail. The End

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    November 11, 2011 | 7:31 pm

    I’m about to leave for my yogi pow-wow about this past week’s cleanse.  I’m dreading having to admit that I’m a cleanse-failure.  The thing is, I know I didn’t do it properly so I shouldn’t really comment on it but I really did try.  If you’ve ever had ultimate meal, you...

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  • Day Three of the Cleanse: cheat, quit, or metabolic shock

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    November 9, 2011 | 7:51 pm

    This is the stupidest thing I have ever done in my entire life. 

    At about 6pm tonight, the third day of my stupid ayurvedic cleanse for my yoga teacher training, I started to feel really ill.  I hadn’t been feeling well all day, and it had progressively gotten worse and worse,...

  • Israel Police on high alert ahead of Yom Kippur

    October 7, 2011 | 9:47 am

    Israel 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.

    Security forces sealed...

  • Going around the world to break the fast

    September 28, 2011 | 2:56 pm

    Breaking the fast has its own set of traditions. Ashkenazim usually break the fast with something salty, like herring, because they believe fish restores salt lost by the body while fasting. Herring also was the cheapest fish in Eastern Europe, where the custom originated.

    Egg and...

  • If you seat them, they will come

    By Ryan E. Smith

    September 27, 2011 | 5:24 pm

    Twice a year, many synagogues find themselves dealing with a wonderful but very practical problem: how to handle the huge numbers of people who show up for the High Holy Days and don’t fit in the sanctuary.

    For some, the answer involves reserved seating or alternative services...

  • Acting rabbi brings rebirth to 1920s shul

    By Ryan E. Smith

    September 27, 2011 | 5:21 pm

    For more than 35 years, Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock existed without a rabbi. No longer.

    This month, Susan Goldberg became the acting rabbi of what is believed to be the city’s second-oldest shul still operating out of its original location.

    For Temple Beth...

  • Yom Kippur without fasting: How kids can atone, too

    September 27, 2011 | 5:12 pm

    For most adults, the central experience of Yom Kippur is fasting. By abstaining from food and drink, we exercise control over our bodies and do not give in to our most basic impulses. This makes it pretty easy to feel the “affliction” that the Torah mandates.

    But parents...

  • The surprising appeal of Kol Nidre

    September 22, 2011 | 3:39 pm

    On his way to converting to Christianity, philosopher Franz Rosenzweig attended Yom Kippur services and was so moved that he decided to remain Jewish. One look at the most famous prayer for the occasion makes it hard to believe that he did not abandon Judaism all the quicker.

    Kol...

  • Jewgrass star Mare Winningham had ‘amazing’ Yom Kippur

    By The Web Guy

    October 17, 2008 | 10:02 pm

    Mare Winningham spoke with Ron Kaplan of the New Jersey Jewish News last week, and said she ” . . . was still on a high from davening and fasting the day before.

    “You’re catching me at a good time, because I’ve done no wrong; I’m clean,” she said. “We had an amazing Yom...

  • Reporter’s Notebook: A Christian makes teshuvah

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 16, 2008 | 1:23 am

    My first mistake was arriving when the Yom Kippur morning service at Valley Beth Shalom was scheduled to begin. The flier said 7:45 a.m. and, this being my virgin voyage, I didn't want to be late.

    Naive? Certainly. I didn't realize Jews attend High Holy Days services like Dodgers...

  • Holiday Heartburn

    By David Suissa

    October 1, 2008 | 11:19 pm

    I had this crazy dream the other night where all across my neighborhood, in all the Jewish homes and on all the dining tables, the only thing being served to celebrate the High Holy Days was brown rice and seaweed.

    I'm not sure where this Spartan nightmare came from, but if I had to...

  • Teens, fasting and fainting

    By Louis Keene

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The minutes of Yom Kippur are ticking off the clock. Your knees are weak from standing for all of the Neilah service and your stomach begins to growl -- you've been fasting all day and your body wants food, needs food. You tell yourself, "I can go without food another hour. I always...
  • A Hearty Meal to

    By Judy Zeidler

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    This year Yom Kippur begins on Friday night and continues until sundown on Saturday. Since many families do not cook on Shabbat, I planned a menu that will solve the problem.

    The meal has to be hearty to prepare for the 24-hour fast ahead, but it should not be heavy. Fried, highly...

  • Community Briefs

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Mazon Pledges Funds to Sudan

    Two Jewish groups have joined forces to try to save the lives of sickly, starving Sudanese refugees fleeing from government-sanctioned brutality.

    Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger and the Jewish Coalition for Sudan Relief have pledged $25,000 apiece...

  • Embrace the Day, Invite the ‘Stranger’

    By Edmund Case

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    My earliest High Holiday memory goes back to about age 7. It was the night before Yom Kippur and my parents had gone off to the synagogue, leaving my 10-year-old brother and me with a babysitter. I forgot that I wasn't supposed to eat anything that night, went into the kitchen, got...

  • Tisha B’Av Today

    By Dr. Aryeh Cohen

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    This week a friend confessed to me his problem with fasting on Tisha B'av. My friend is Orthodox and Israeli -- an alumnus of one of the elite hesder yeshivas -- and he felt that it would be wrong for him to fast this year on Tisha B'Av.

    "I cannot abide the litany of persecution and...

  • Not So Fast

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "I started fasting for half a day on Yom Kippur since I was in first grade," said 7-year-old Erin Faigin nonchalantly. Between helping her dad run the High Holiday preschool program at Temple Beth Torah in Granada Hills and fasting until lunchtime, Faigin seems to like the...

  • There’s Other Fish in the Sea

    By Linda Morel

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Although most American Jews break the Yom Kippur fast with bagels and lox, there is no reason why the menu has to be limited to what has become for many people, everyday fare, the equivalent of Jewish fast food.

    "I know you're supposed to break the fast with smoked fish," says a...

  • Fasting for Peace

    By Julie G Fax

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Tisha B'Av, the fast day commemorating the destructions of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem 2,500 and 2,000 years ago, respectively, doesn't rank up there with most celebrated Jewish holidays.

    But Rabbi Eli Stern of the Westwood Kehilla believes more attention to the holiday...

  • Let’s Celebrate! It’s Yom Kippur!

    By Julie G Fax

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In the waning hours of Yom Kippur, the last rays of sun cast long shadows through the stained-glass windows. It is time for "Ne'ila," the final prayer in a day filled with prayer, when the gates on high, opened especially wide for this day, begin their final closing.

    So still, so...

  • Advice for the Yom Kippur Fast

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    An expert at Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center hasinvaluable advice for your Yom Kippur fast.

    According to Dr. Elliot Berry, head of clinical nutrition at theHebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, there are a number ofthings you can do in advance to ease your fasting:

      ...

  • Tips for an Easier Fast

    October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    An expert at Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center hasinvaluable advice for your Yom Kippur fast.

    According to Dr. Elliot Berry, head of clinical nutrition at theHebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, there are a number ofthings you can do in advance to ease your fasting:

      ...

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