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Project Spotlight: High Holy Days Help in the Former Soviet Union

The High Holy Days – which begin with Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and conclude with Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) – is the most sacred time on the Jewish calendar, marked by special services, prayers, and meals. But for those living in poverty, this 10-day holiday is more about survival than sacred celebration. This is why The Fellowship offers extra assistance to impoverished Jews in the former Soviet Union (FSU) in the weeks leading up to the High Holy Days, ensuring that these needy children, families, and elderly are able to observe these days with dignity and undivided devotion.

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What Are the Jewish Customs of Mourning?

As we at The Fellowship grieve and send condolences to the entire Eckstein family upon the loss of Rabbi Eckstein’s father, Rabbi Simon L. Eckstein, it is of interest to know the Jewish traditions on death and mourning, and how these rituals bring comfort to family members. Below is an excerpt from Rabbi Eckstein’s definitive book on Judaism, How Firm a Foundation, about many of the customs and traditions associated with mourning the death of a loved one.

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Monday Devotional: Nothing Can Stop God's Plan

There’s a fascinating book called “What If?” in which historians share their thoughts about how life would be different today if something in the past had worked out another way. For example, in the 1920s, Winston Churchill was in Manhattan when he was grazed by a passing taxi. One historian wondered how our world would be different if that taxi had been a foot over and had killed Churchill instead. There are many such “what if’s” that we can ask, but one historian, William McNeill, points to what he thinks is the most important event in history that – had it gone differently – would have changed the world as we know it. That event is the triumph of King Hezekiah over Sennacherib, King of Assyria.

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Rabbi Simon Eckstein, Father of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, Passes Away at 96

Rabbi Simon L. “Sy” Eckstein, a beloved Canadian-Jewish leader and renowned psychologist and authority in the field of gerontology, passed away at his Jerusalem home today, Sept. 24. He was 96. He was the father of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, the founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. 

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