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Yom Kippur break fasts are notoriously epic — all manner of smoked fishes and delicate pastries are piled high on the best china (or, if you're feeding dozens, paper plates). For many of those gathered around a table heaped with traditional Eastern European delicacies, engaging in the holiday meal is a way to connect with their Jewish roots. Courtesy of Russ & Daughters hide caption

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The Anti-Defamation League counts 541 incidents of anti-Semitism since the year began. That includes vandalism of Jewish burial grounds, including the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Philadelphia in February. Jacqueline Larma/AP hide caption

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Martin Luther King, Jr. listening to a transistor radio in the front line of the third march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, to campaign for proper registration of black voters, March 23, 1965. Ralph Abernathy (second from left), Ralph Bunche (third from right) and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (far right) march with him. William Lovelace/Getty Images hide caption

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An image from the Victoria Islamic Center shows the mosque after a devastating fire last weekend. The congregation has received support and donations topping $1 million. Victoria Islamic Center hide caption

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This is where the Burning Brigade was housed. The apparatus in the middle is not the original, but ones like it were used as ramps so that the bodies could be stacked high and set alight. All the pits at Ponar were originally dug by the Russians to store fuel. Ezra Wolfinger for Nova hide caption

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French soldiers guard access to a Jewish school in Marseille a day after a teenager wielding a butcher knife wounded a teacher. Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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After Attack, An Uproar Over A Call For French Jews To Quit Wearing Yarmulkes

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A Muslim-Jewish Love Story On Egyptian TV Sends Sparks Flying

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Rabbi Michel Serfaty and his French Jewish Muslim Friendship Association works with many young people in poor neighborhoods. Pierre Andrieu/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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For A French Rabbi And His Muslim Team, There's Work To Be Done

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A woman walks Wednesday past a monument to the Jews in Lisbon believed to have been killed in a pogrom in 1506. Portugal is following Spain and granting citizenship rights to the descendants of Jews it persecuted 500 years ago. Francisco Seco/AP hide caption

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French soldiers stand guard in front of the entrance of a synagogue in Lille, northern France, earlier this month. Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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For Many French Jews, Anti-Semitism Has A Clear Source

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After 522 Years, Spain Seeks To Make Amends For Expulsion Of Jews

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To Enjoy 'Exodus,' Don't Take It As Seriously As It Takes Itself

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In Israel, A Clash Over What The Nation Is And Who It's For

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Chabad rabbinical students Zalman Refson (right) and Yaakov Kaplan sit alongside a Jewish resident of Taylor, Ariz. As roving rabbis, the duo recently went to about 40 tiny towns and cities across Arizona, meeting rural Jews along the way. Stina Sieg/KJZZ hide caption

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In The Rural West, 'Roving Rabbis' Reach Isolated Jews

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The medieval town of Pitigliano is perched atop a massive volcanic rock, looking out over vineyards and olive groves. It was once home to a vibrant Jewish community, treated with civility or cruelty depending on who was in charge of the city; now, the town works to preserve and share the cultural history of Italian Jews. Michela Simoncini/Flickr hide caption

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Italy's 'Little Jerusalem' Opens The Doors To Jewish History

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U.S. Army Spc. Simran Lamba (center) was granted a religious accommodation for his Sikh articles of faith, including uncut hair and a turban, in 2010. He was the first enlisted soldier to be given such an accommodation since 1984. Brett Flashnick/AP hide caption

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