Watch: Thousands at the Kotel for First Night of Selichot

Sights and sounds: Worshipers flock to Western Wall for first night of penitential prayers leading up to High Holy Days.Eliran Aharon, 8/17/2015, 12:02 PM

NY Assemblyman Attacks Kaparot Critics: Shame on You!

Hikind slams Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit against controversial Kaparot custom as a 'disgusting misrepresentation.'Ari Yashar, 7/7/2015, 11:03 PM

Top Israeli Comedian Mourns Loss of 'My Saintly Rabbi'

One of Israel's top comedians spoke about his special connection to the late Rabbi Ovadia YosefMoshe Cohen, 3/22/2015, 7:37 PM

Early Release for Arab who Ran Over Girl on Yom Kippur

Judges shorten sentence of Arab who killed a Jewish girl outside a synagogue, claiming he seems reformed from a 'treatment group.'Ari Yashar, 2/24/2015, 1:23 PM

Corsica Synagogue Suffers Anti-Jewish Vandalism

On Yom Kippur eve, vandals spray-painted swastikas on the walls of the Beit Meir synagogue in Corsica, home to several hundred Jews.Yaakov Levi, 10/6/2014, 6:43 PM

Sweden 'Tried to Be Helpful' With 'Palestine' Recognition

Sweden wants 'good relations' with Israel and end to Gaza 'tragedy' after recognizing 'Palestine' on Yom Kippur.Ari Yashar, 10/6/2014, 8:35 AM

Israel on Yom Kippur: Clean of Sins - and Clean Air

Once again this year, Israelis were able to breathe easier on Yom Kippur, with pollution falling as much as 99% in many areas.Moshe Cohen, 10/5/2014, 4:15 PM

Sanz Rebbe Faints During Yom Kippur Prayer

The rebbe lost consciousness and was taken on foot to the hospital. He was back on his feet by morning.Gil Ronen, 10/4/2014, 11:15 PM

Boy, 12, Seriously Hurt in Fall from Bridge

The boy fell from a 7-meter high bridge in Haifa as he was cycling on Yom Kippur.Gil Ronen, 10/4/2014, 10:49 PM

Ambassadors Ask UN to Recognize Yom Kippur as Official Holiday

United Nations ambassadors from 32 countries asked that Yom Kippur be recognized as an official UN holiday.Hillel Fendel, 10/4/2014, 10:30 PM

Sweden Recognizes 'Palestine' as a State

Left-wing Social Democrat party announces its recognition of a 'Palestinian state' on Yom Kippur.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/4/2014, 8:00 PM

Yom Kippur Ends; Preparations for Sukkot Begin

Hundreds of thousands of Jews attended prayer services in synagogues and fasted on the Day of Atonement.Gil Ronen, 10/4/2014, 7:14 PM

Shabbat Shalom and Gmar Chatima Tova!

As Shabbat and Yom Kippur begin, Arutz Sheva wishes you a meaningful fast and happy new yearArutz Sheva Staff, 10/3/2014, 4:48 PM

Man Confesses to Armed Robbery - Because of Yom Kippur

Schizophrenic man confesses to robbing gas station - six months after proceedings began - due to a need for 'closure.'Tova Dvorin, 10/3/2014, 9:59 AM

How Do the Sick and Pregnant Observe Yom Kippur?

Chief Rabbi Lau explains the ins and outs of the Day of Atonement fast, regarding who can eat and how.Orli Harari, Ari Yashar, 10/3/2014, 9:09 AM

Police, MDA on High Alert over Yom Kippur and Eid al-Adha

Medic, police patrols to increase throughout Israel ahead of joint Jewish and Muslim holidays.Tova Dvorin, 10/3/2014, 8:34 AM

'Two People, Two Holidays, One Day'

Chief Rabbis, Chief Qadis, and Jewish and Arab MKs meet to discuss Yom Kippur and Eid el-Adha.Benny Moshe and Cynthia Blank, 10/1/2014, 9:05 PM

In Pictures: Selichot at Hevron's Cave of the Patriarchs

Thousands of Jewish worshippers flock to one of Judaism's holiest sites for pre-Yom Kippur prayers of penitence.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/1/2014, 11:46 AM

Tel Aviv City Bikes to Rest on Yom Kippur

Tel Aviv residents who want to ride bikes on Yom Kippur won't be able to rent them from the city's Tel-Ofen bike racks.Yaakov Levi, 9/29/2014, 6:18 PM

Shaarei Tzedek Hospital to Advise Diabetics Before Yom Kippur

For diabetics, several days before the Yom Kippur fast is the time to get no cost advice from Shaarei Tzedek specialists.Arutz Sheva Staff, 9/28/2014, 9:53 PM

Rabbis Call to Keep Kaparot Ritual Kosher and Cruelty-Free

Agudath Israel of America has reissued a notice calling for greater vigilance when conducting the High Holiday ritual.Yaakov Levi, 9/22/2014, 1:30 PM

Israel Seeks UN Recognition for Yom Kippur

UN recognizes Christian and Muslim holidays, but no Jewish holidays. Israel's UN mission trying to change that.Arutz Sheva North America, 5/16/2014, 11:57 PM

40,000 Secular Jews in Tzohar Yom Kippur Minyans

250 prayer minyans were held by 750 Tzohar volunteers throughout Israel on the High Holiday.Gil Ronen, 9/15/2013, 8:33 PM

Netanyahu Hopes for 'Actions, not Words' on Syria

Prime Minister makes remarks during memorial ceremony on Mt. Herzl commemorating the 1973 Yom Kippur war.Kochava Rozenbaum, 9/15/2013, 12:57 PM

Mother & Daughter Hit By Car Going to Yom Kippur Services

Esther Benzohar Ohayon and daughter, Orly, were hit on Friday night by a car while walking to a Jacksonville, FL synagogue.Kochava Rozenbaum, 9/15/2013, 8:17 AM

Rabbi Describes Yom Kippur in Prison

Rabbi Yekutiel Vizner describes heart-rending prayers of prisoners.Maayana Miskin, 9/15/2013, 8:17 AM

Fogel Survivors Pray at New Synagogue

About 400 prayed on Yom Kippur at the new synagogue in Itamar dedicated to slain family members.Gil Ronen, 9/14/2013, 10:12 PM

Bnei Brak: Toddler Drowns in Mikveh

A 4-year-old girl drowned in a mikveh, apparently after its gate was left open and she wandered in.Gil Ronen, 9/14/2013, 8:35 PM

Yom Kippur Ends

No extraordinary security-related events on the holy day, as hundreds of thousands flocked to synagogues.Gil Ronen, 9/14/2013, 7:54 PM

Lapid Sorry, but Not for Budget Cuts

Lapid seeks forgiveness for failing to bring civil marriage, Sabbath busing, and hareidi enlistment to Israel.Maayana Miskin, 9/13/2013, 2:01 PM

A Halachic Guide to Yom Kippur

Rabbi Baruch Efrati offers a halachic overview of the laws of Judaism's holiest day.Arutz Sheva, 9/13/2013, 1:04 PM

Jerusalem Security Heightened for Yom Kippur Eve

Police are prepared to to respond immediately to the "Day of Rioting" called on by terrorist factions.Kochava Rozenbaum , 9/13/2013, 9:10 AM

IDF Imposes Closure on PA-Assigned Areas

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon orders that the IDF impose a general closure on the Judea and Samaria over Yom Kippur.Elad Benari, 9/13/2013, 12:10 AM

Chief Rabbi Meets Archbishop to Assure a Peaceful Yom Kippur

A meeting between Chief Ashkenazic Rabbi David Lau and Archbishop Elias Chacour will keep the peace on Yom Kippur, the rabbi saidDavid Lev, 9/12/2013, 2:47 PM

'Triple Whammy' May Mean a Tough Yom Kippur for Many

The weather, the calendar, and the clock are conspiring to make this year's fast one of the most challenging in years for IsraelisDavid Lev, 9/12/2013, 9:49 AM

Preparing for Yom Kippur: Live Q&A With Israeli Medical Expert

Professor Eliyahu Sorkin, head of intensive care Israel's Ichilov Hospital and member of United Hatzala, answers your questions.Arutz Sheva, 9/11/2013, 11:28 PM

Rabbinate Weighs in on Kaparot Controversy

The Rabbinate supports use of chickens for ‘atonement’ ritual – but with caution.Maayana Miskin, 9/11/2013, 2:42 AM

Heat Wave to Hit Wednesday

Hot weather will last through Yom Kippur holiday - Health Ministry issues warning for the elderly.Maayana Miskin, 9/10/2013, 4:34 PM

Despite ‘Pagan’ Slam, Chicken Kaparot Going Strong

Many continue tradition of using live chickens for the kaparot ritual. Pictures from Jerusalem.Arutz Sheva, 9/10/2013, 3:58 PM

Thousands Recite Selichot at the Western Wall

Jewish worshippers flock to the Kotel (Western Wall) to take part in penitential prayers in the run up to Yom Kippur.Ari Soffer and Hezki Baruch, 9/10/2013, 11:04 AM

South Tel-Avivians Plea: 'Protect the Sanctity of Yom Kippur'

Residents of south Tel Aviv urge the mayor to crack down on public desecration of the holy day by illegal immigrants.Kochava Rozenbaum , 9/9/2013, 5:52 PM

Removing the Number One Stumbling Block in Your Life

What's your sin - the one that prevents you from making spiritual progress?Yaakov Weiland, 9/9/2013, 2:37 PM

MK Lipman: Chicken Kaparot a 'Pagan' Ritual

Hareidi MK says ritual is needlessly cruel, when coins or flowers can be used instead of a live bird.Gil Ronen, 9/9/2013, 12:13 PM

Video: Coming Clean in Yom Kippur

The message from Aish.com's video: try your best, and God takes you all the wayArutz Sheva, 9/8/2013, 8:47 PM

40,000 Expected by Tzohar for Yom Kippur

the Tzohar organization will be organizing prayers at 250 locations around Israel for Yom Kippur, with 40,000 people expectedDavid Lev, 9/8/2013, 8:19 PM

Hotline to Give Halakhic Guidance for Yom Kippur Medical Issues

A halakhic hotline will help callers determine whether or not they can take medicine, eat, drink, or travel to the hospital on Yom Kippur.David Lev, 9/8/2013, 6:02 PM

The Fast of Gedaliah: A Jewish Leader Assassinated

The day after Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish community fasts in memory of a leader's tragic death and its disastrous aftermath.Kochava Rozenbaum , 9/8/2013, 10:44 AM

After Rosh Hashana, Countdown to Yom Kippur

No unusual events were registered during the long holiday weekend. Ten Days of Teshuva begin.Arutz Sheva, 9/7/2013, 8:27 PM

Hiddush Advocates for Israeli Tennis Team's Punishment

When the Israel Davis Cup team was penalized for refusing to compete on Yom Kippur, "Hiddush" advocated for freedom of religion for Israel.Kochava Rozenbaum , 8/16/2013, 12:13 AM

Israeli Tennis Team Fined for Refusing to Play on Yom Kippur

The Israel Davis Cup team will be fined 10,000 euros for refusing to compete on Yom Kippur and asking to postpone the game by one day.Elad Benari, 8/12/2013, 4:44 AM

Musician Reschedules UK Tour Due to Jewish Holidays

Musician Leonard Cohen has rescheduled two dates on his UK tour after realizing they fell out on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.Rina Tzvi , 7/2/2013, 9:19 PM

Purim Kicks Off with Reading of Megillah

Not many know that the holiday of costumes and revelry is one of Judaism's most holy days.Gil Ronen and Rochel Sylvetsky, 2/23/2013, 7:33 PM

Australian Election Scheduled For Yom Kippur

Australian PM Gillard stunned constituents and angered Jewish voters by announcing that the national elections will be held on September 14.Rachel Hirshfeld , 1/30/2013, 5:05 PM

Missing Brooklyn Teen Found Alive, Healthy

A teenage boy who went missing in Brooklyn after Yom Kippur has been found alive and healthy, according to New York City police. Chana Ya'ar, 10/3/2012, 8:31 AM

Chief Rabbi: Israel Will Win – with or without US

Israel will defeat Iran, with or without the US, says Chief Rabbi Metzger, who asks Jews to focus on good relations with others. Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 9/25/2012, 12:43 PM

Kol Nidre Ushers in Yom Kippur Fast: Reflection and Atonement

The most solemn day of the year begins Tuesday eve. A time to pray, to think about who we are and where we are going. Chatima Tova.Arutz Sheva Staff, 9/25/2012, 12:42 PM

The Yom Kippur Clincher

Even before the famous story of how Jewish baseball legend Sandy Koufax took the holiday off, Yom Kippur and Baseball have been linked, but not so much anymore. The author tries to find a connection Yonatan Sredni, 9/25/2012, 8:10 AM