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Thursday, May 28, 2020

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Stay Up During Shavuot By Attending the Overnight DAWN Festival

The tradition of staying up all night on Shavuot to study Torah (Tikkun leil Shavuot) is getting a multi-track makeover this year with the...

Table for Five: Shavuot Special Issue

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on...

The Sisterhood of the Book of Ruth

When 7-year-old Jenna Bishop asked her mother, “Please tell me about God and heaven and what it all means,” the reply was swift. “You...

Thousands of Virtual Holocaust Memorial Plaques To Be Projected on Birkenau Gates

Although the 2020 March of the Living will not take place on Holocaust Memorial Day due to the coronavirus pandemic, an estimated 10,000 people...

How To Mark Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, At Home

As the Jewish world continues to confront growing ethical, practical and moral questions surrounding the coronavirus, the Tzohar rabbinical organization is calling on people all over...

What COVID-19 Teaches Us About The Plague of Darkness

What's darker than not being able to see the people you love?

Russian Jews Kept Passover in Siberian Labor Camps. We Can Do It Now.

This year, Passover seems unreal. Instead of a gathering of friends and family (including the kvetchy relative that we all dread) it’s just going...

Forgot How Good ‘The Prince of Egypt’ Is? Well, Now It’s On Hulu.

Social distancing and staying inside is hard. Thankfully, accessing good things to watch during this time is not. This is the first installation of...

Pesach: Unbreakable Soul

On the first night of Nissan, we start counting until the moon is full on the 15th of the month. This is seder night,...

How Different Will This Night Be: 10 Tips for Your Virtual Seder

The greatest gathering of the Jewish year is nearly upon us and this year, the Passover seder will be celebrated like no other. Mah nishtanah...

I Get By With a Little Charoset From My Friends

This year for Passover, I’m thrilled to share some traditional recipes from an Israeli friend, Hedva Amrani, which we’ll include at our seder. Amrani is...

On Not Observing Purim This Year

Sorry, Rabbis of the Talmud, I didn’t dress up in a costume Like I was supposed to, Didn’t get so drunk I couldn’t differentiate bless and curse Like you said we should, Didn’t...

Purim: From Exodus to Esther

It would make sense to start the Jewish year on Rosh Hashanah, literally the “head of the year,” but that’s not how it goes...

Chanukah – Our Trust Deed to History

My grandson asked why we make such a big fuss about Chanukah. By the tone of his voice, I could tell that a juicy...

Breaking Out – Thoughts on Torah Portion Va-Yeishev

Of all the sublime indications that “the Bible is literature, not journalism” the subtle threads exuding from this week’s Torah portion stand out.  ...

Thoughts on Torah Portion VaYeitzei – From Darkness to Wisdom

From Darkness to Wisdom 2019: Thoughts on Torah Portion Vayeitzei  (adapted from 2018) I can imagine Jacob bemoaning his fate, justifiably. Jacob was the one,...

Torah Portion Chayei Sarah – Life Torn and Sewn Together

Life Torn and Sewn Together 2019 (adapted from 2018) Comments on Torah portion Chayyei Sarah Human pain is the backdrop of the book of Genesis, pain...

Changing and Leaving – Thoughts on Parshat Lekh Lekha

If anything, Abraham seems to have been a compulsive figure. Suddenly picking up and leaving everything like that. Let’s compare what Freud and Jung...

From the Shadow to the Comforting Shade – Thoughts Before Sukkot

The shadow haunts us – this is an inexorable truth we learn throughout the Days of Awe. In the first act of the Days...

Thoughts on the Days of Awe – Live the Light, Be Strong

Thoughts on the Days of Awe Live the Light, and Be Strong Nixon was a Capricorn. And so was Jesus. I vaguely remember the day, I must...

Literalists Don’t Go to Heaven – Symbolism and Metaphor on Shavu’ot

Literalists Don’t Go to Heaven Shabbat Bamidbar - Thoughts on Shavu’ot Our practice of Judaism is not derived from biblical religion. All Judaism today is founded...

After the Death – Torah Portion Acharei Mot

After the Death   Our Torah portion this week, Acharei Mot (After the Death), contains a ritual that bespeaks an ancient stratum of religion, and...

Long Lives of Male Holocaust Survivors Remain a Mystery

A study appeared in PLoS ONE, the peer-reviewed journal published by the Public Library of Science, that drew attention in Israel but made barely a...

YOM HASHOAH: They Were Our Neighbors

The survivors were our neighbors. They were ancient and wrinkled and they spoke Yiddish and had numbers on their forearms and were all women. I never...

Holocaust Survivors Are Still Learning To Heal From Their Trauma

Erika Jacoby met Ursula Martens in 2017 at Jacoby’s Valley Village home for a dialogue sponsored by the Journal. Martens, a childhood member of...

The Real Miracle – Eighth Day Passover

Sometimes when people find out that I am a rabbi, they ask me whether I actually believe in the Bible, for instance the parting...

Thoughts Before the Seder – Wisdom and Conscious Living – Rabbi Mordecai Finley

I know a Hebrew School student is on the way to their Bar or Bat Mitzvah in a few years when they confidentially tell...

Trying to be Free – Rabbi Mordecai Finley Thoughts on Passover

Trying to Be Free Thoughts on the Shabbat of Passover, 2019 (adapted from 2018) “Free from what?” I ask myself, in my yearly meditation on freedom. Like...

An Entertaining Take on Passover for the Digital Age

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jrQvM8w1BI&feature=youtu.be The Passover Haggadah speaks of the Four Children, symbols of the diverse ways in which different people can access and interpret the story of...

Into the Sederverse

The Passover seder is the most celebrated Jewish ritual in the world for the same reason “Avengers: Endgame” sold a record number of pre-sale...

New Articles

Israeli Medical Team Comes to Sudan for Lifesaving Mission Despite Lack of Diplomatic Relations

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A small airplane carrying an Israeli medical team along with equipment and medicine for treating the coronavirus landed in Sudan in...

Germany Reports Highest Number of Anti-Semitic Crimes Since 2001

BERLIN (JTA) – Germany has recorded the highest number of anti-Semitic crimes nationwide since 2001. And a new wave linked to coronavirus conspiracy theories...

Man Who Held Anti-Semitic Sign at Ohio Protest Wanted to Target Jews at Kent State, Report Says

A man who held an anti-Semitic sign at an April rally in Columbus, Ohio, reportedly sought to target Jews at Kent State University. The Cleveland...

Bench Near Minneapolis Synagogue Vandalized With Swastikas

(JTA) — A bus stop near a synagogue in Minneapolis was vandalized with swastikas. The graffiti was discovered Tuesday on a bench outside Shir Tikvah...

ADL Report Highlights ‘Significant Trend of Anti-Semitism’ in ‘the Anti-Israel Movement on Campus’

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) released a report on May 27 highlighting how anti-Semitism permeates “the anti-Israel movement on .” The report acknowledged that although the...

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