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Monday, August 10, 2020

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What This Tisha B’Av Meant for Me: My Temple is in Trouble

Next Tisha B’Av may be different. We may be commemorating the loss of something much more meaningful.

Ukraine to Let in at Least 5,000 Uman Pilgrims for Rosh Hashanah Chief Rabbi Says

The quota may rise as high as 8,000, but the pilgrims will have to wear face masks in crowded places and refrain from gatherings of more than 30 people.

Tisha B’Av and the Enormous Pain that Still Exists in the World

Tisha b'Av for me has been about the enormous suffering that still exists in the world, the billions whose lives are food insecure, sanitation-less, healthcare bereft, and whose cultures are threatened because poverty has forced them into exile.

Tisha B’Av 5780: Understanding How Much We Cannot Understand

This year, we sit on the curbs of our sidewalks, on the streets of our land, instead of on the floors of our synagogues, as we remember Zion.

I’m Trying to Smile on Tisha b’Av, the Hardest Day of the Year

Photo-journalist Ruth Gruber made me laugh. Maybe I shouldn’t be laughing on Tisha b’Av, I thought.

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...

New Articles

Elton John Says He and Husband Signed Letter Condemning Racism, Anti-Semitism

"There is no room for any kind of prejudice in music, or in society as a whole."

Jewish Congressional Candidate Alex Morse Faces Allegations of Inappropriate Relationships

He argued that his relationships were consensual but acknowledged that he has "to be cognizant of my position of power."

Israeli Protesters in L.A. Call on Netanyahu to Resign

45 Israeli Americans gathered outside the Israeli consulate building on Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood, calling on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign.

Former Major League Player Cody Decker Says Anti-Semitism Is ‘Rampant’ in Pro Baseball

"I hate every half-measure response Major League Baseball always makes.”

President Trump Reportedly Lashed out at Sheldon Adelson, One of His Biggest Donors

Trump was reportedly angry that Adelson wasn't donating more.

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