Saturday, April 19, 2014 Nisan 19, 5774
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David Ackerman
At the heart of the observance of Tisha B'Av -- the annual day of national mourning that marks the destruction of the ancient temples in Jerusalem -- lies the chanting of the biblical book of Lamentations. A collection of five distinct poems of lament, Lamentations -- or Eichah in Hebrew -- serves as the source for our tradition's language of...
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Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, Jewish Exponent Feature
Devarim, Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22 We wandering Jews are always on a journey. Each year, as we make our way though the summer months, we concurrently journey through the wilderness of Numbers. Now, at the end of July, we arrive at Deuteronomy, the final book of the Torah. Like the first portion of every biblical book, this week's portion shares its name...
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At Shavuot time, tradition says: Think dairy!
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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
Shavuot is the late spring festival that begins seven weeks after the first day of Passover. Agriculturally, it commemorates the time when the first fruits were harvested and brought to the Temple, thus the Festival of the First Fruits. Historically, it is the celebration of the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses at Mount Sinai. Shavuot is generally associated...
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By:
Sara Esther Crispe
Relationships can be difficult. No two ways about it. And the more intense the relationship, the more prominent it is in your life, the more difficult it is to maintain the peace. We are now in the process of counting the Omer. From the second day of Passover until Shavuot, we count 49 days, each with a focus on a...
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Lag B'Omer and Mother's Day come back to back -- and it's all about the food
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Etehl Hofman, JE Feature
Lag B'Omer, this year takes place on Tuesday, May 12, on the 33rd day after the second day of Passover in the midst of the seven weeks between Passover and Shavuot. ("Lag" is the Hebrew numerical equivalent of 33). For me and my husband, Lag B'Omer is a doubly special celebration. A few decades ago, we were married on Lag...
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