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Early Zionists, Purim, and Cultural Appropriation

Posted on 03/20/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
As Purim rolls around Jews worldwide begin to pick out their costumes for the day long festival. Of course, like every other costume wearing occasion, we can expect the normal communal conversation over what...

What's Jewish About Pi Day?

Posted on 03/14/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Holidays
Pi Day is celebrated on the 14th day of the third month because pi equals 3.14. (The three corresponds to the third month which is March and the .14 relates to the 14th day.) Really pi equals 3.1415926535 and...

We Wish You A Merry Christmas... or not

Posted on 12/17/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
Last week, I got an email from a company I did some business with on behalf of a Jewish client earlier this year. The email included a Merry Christmas greeting. In truth, since I moved to Israel, I don’t...

Women, Wine and Feminine Wiles: A Chanukah Tale

Posted on 12/04/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
Every Hebrew School child knows about Yehudah (Judah) HaMaccabee, the Kohen (Jewish priest) who led the Maccabean Revolt against the influence of Hellenism. In many Jewish communities, right next to the...

Sukkot - Jewish Fountain of Youth?

Posted on 10/03/2018 by Jacob Schwartz in Holidays
The holiday of Sukkot is the holiday of happiness. Literally - when we recite the prayers for the holiday we constantly refer to it as “Zman Simchatenu” - the time of our happiness. I could go...

What I Did When Someone Wounded Me

Posted on 09/13/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
Recently, someone took a pretty enormous swipe at me online, accusing me of a serious breach of trust and of causing irreparable harm. The facts cited and the accusations posited are entirely false. The things...

High Holy Days: On Communal Teshuva

Posted on 09/08/2018 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Holidays
Teshuva -- roughly translated into English as ‘repentance’ but actually involving much, much more -- is fundamental to Jewish thought and life. It is, actually, the very engine of all Jewish...

This Elul, You Do You

Posted on 08/16/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
When Elul rolls around, Jews who are in sync with the Jewish calendar know that our thoughts turn to teshuva – repentance. That’s a heavy topic. REPENTANCE. It calls up images of falling to...

The Call of Introspection

Posted on 07/16/2018 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Holidays
As the Three Weeks began, I found myself thinking about the movie “The Gladiator” with Russel Crowe. It is, clearly, a film that presents a motif of good versus evil and we are to feel, in a...

The Hebrew Months of Tamuz and Av for Beginners

Posted on 06/24/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
Tonight, I had the opportunity to attend a lecture in Jerusalem delivered by Rabbi Chaim Richman. Rabbi Richman is the International Director of the Temple Institute and he’s spent the past 30 years...
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