Daily Archives: August 27, 2018


The power of the shofar awakens us

PHOTO: Glenn Coblens blows a shofar. Photo by Ken Klein The shofar is arguably the most powerful musical instrument in the world. Its mighty blast brought the walls of Jericho tumbling down. The long blast of the shofar accompanied Moses as he ascended Mount Sinai to receive the Torah. Mentioned often in the Torah and…


Yom Kippur in Israel

By Teddy Weinberger   On Thursday morning Sept. 20, I will open my newspaper and see the traditional day-after Yom Kippur picture: one of Israel’s busiest highways completely deserted during the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. Indeed, among the secular Israeli public, Yom Kippur is often thought of as “Bicycle Day,” since the absence…


A year full of holidays

(Note: Jewish holidays start at sunset the evening before the first day of the holiday) Rosh Hashanah Sept. 10-11, 2018 On Rosh Hashanah the sound of the shofar announces the arrival of the High Holy Days, or 10 Days of Awe that stretch from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah celebrates the creation of…


Publisher’s Message: Happy 5779

“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” – John Wooden Although reflection is often the norm as one year ends and the new year begins, this year, we at Oregon Jewish Life are genuinely focused forward, on the future. Why this year in…

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