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Politics Rosh Hashanah, Trump and Biden head to Minnesota, Nuggets-Lakers: 5 things to know Friday

11:49  18 september  2020
11:49  18 september  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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a group of people in a park: Hasten Hebrew Academy of Indianapolis fifth-graders participate in a Tashlich ceremony, Friday, October 3, 2014, a symbolic casting away of sins. The ritual is traditionally performed during Rosh Hashanah. © Kelly Wilkinson/The Star Hasten Hebrew Academy of Indianapolis fifth-graders participate in a Tashlich ceremony, Friday, October 3, 2014, a symbolic casting away of sins. The ritual is traditionally performed during Rosh Hashanah.

Rosh Hashanah begins

This year, Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset Friday and ends at sunset on Sunday. It’s the start of the Jewish month of Tishrei, or Tishri, which falls in September or October, according to the Gregorian calendar. Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year and is filled with shared meals and prayer among loved ones. Celebrations include special treats such as apples or challah bread dipped in honey; prayer services and Torah readings on both mornings; and the lighting of candles in the evenings with appropriate blessings.

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Biden and Trump campaigns both head to Minnesota

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Competing for the appeals of middle-class voters will throw the spotlight on Minnesota as President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden will each campaign there on Friday. The visits coincide with the first day of Minnesota's early voting period for the election. Trump is vying to win a state Democrats have carried reliably since 1972 and therefore isn't routinely mentioned among crucial swing states like neighboring Wisconsin, Michigan or Florida. Recent polling shows Biden leads Trump in Minnesota by an average of 8.8 percentage points.  Both candidates have been targeting the state's northern Iron Range, known for mining and manufacturing. "It’s nice that Minnesota is getting attention," said Vin Weber, a Republican political strategist. “I do appreciate that the candidates are not just visiting the Twin Cities."

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Rosh Hashanah, Trump and Biden head to Minnesota, Nuggets-Lakers: 5 things to know Friday

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump celebrate Rosh Hashanah .
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump continued their stay with his family in Long Branch, New Jersey, on Sunday to attend an outdoor service celebrating Rosh Hashanah with their family, including Joshua Kushner and Karlie Kloss, on Sunday. The Kushners continued their brief getaway from Capitol Hill, where warring over the Supreme Court Justice vacancy raged on, and observed the Jewish New Year surrounded by family. Photos taken by DailyMail.com showed the Kushner sons and their families returning to their parent's opulent home in Long Branch, New Jersey, after the religious service.

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