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September 21, 2015

There’s nothing quite like the High Holidays – or, as the locals call them, the chagim – in Israel.


Generally considered the most important holiday of the year, Yom Kippur is a particularly unique day to spend in Israel. Here are just four ways in which Yom Kippur is different in Israel:


1. The Country Practically Shuts Down

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Photo Credit: Adriane Cooper

“In Israel, EVERYTHING SHUTS DOWN. Last night we were walking in the middle of the highway, because there are no cars on the road. It is not a law… its not illegal to drive on Yom Kippur… its just that everyone knows this is not the day to drive. It was the most incredible...

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September 09, 2015


Love it or hate it, nothing says Rosh Hashanah like gefilte fish.


You may have thought apples, honey, round challah, and maybe even pomegranates were the only symbolic foods eaten on Rosh Hashanah. However, fish is a long-standing and lesser-known part of the customary Rosh Hashanah meal - for more than one reason. Many people eat the head of a fish and pray that they and their family may be like the head and not the tail, that they may enter the Jewish new year from a place of strenght and leadership. Additionally, many people eat fish, either in whole or in part, on Rosh Hashanah because fish represent fertility and abundance.


Whether you've been eating fish heads for years or you're just looking for a new addition to your Rosh Hashanah table, we caught up with...

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