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Jewish diaspora mourns attack on Israel, but carries on by celebrating holidays
The Jewish diaspora is trying to make sense of an attack that killed hundreds and wounded many more during a holiday season that is supposed to be among the most festive times on the Jewish holiday calendar
NEW YORK (AP) — The Jewish diaspora awoke to horror Saturday in what was supposed to be among the most festive times on the Jewish holiday calendar.
The attacks by the militant group Hamas came after the end of Sukkot, a weeklong celebration to commemorate the harvest season and the time Jews lived in the desert after being freed from slavery in Egypt.
It also came as Jews in the United States were gearing up to celebrate the holiday of Simchat Torah, which marks the beginning of a new annual cycle of the reading of the scrolls and is celebrated in Israel a day earlier.
At synagogues around the globe, the attacks brought a somber tone.