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Nina and Sal read the Book of Lamentations On Tisha b'Av we mourn our lost Temple.Today’s Shofar Blast! Today's shofar blast. Share it with a friend!A.T. On The Road To Uman 2017 Uman at Rosh HaShanah time - there's nothing like it!Hoshana Rabbah! Dancing with the willows before next year's decree is sealed!Welcoming The Month of Joy! Musical Hallel to welcome the Hebrew month of Adar!
The Summer Solstice And Judaism – Bring On the Clouds!
The longest day of the year is a time when God’s presence is most concealed. Even on a hot, cloudless day, however, the Sages’ words of Torah aroused moisture in the air, which in turn created the beautiful semblance of a rainbow.
Christmas In Jerusalem With My Beautiful Mom
Good Shabbos! Ten years ago today, I toured the Old City of Jerusalem on Christmas Day with Mom. My film “When Do We Eat?” was playing in the Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival, and Mom seized the chance to visit Israel with me – something we’d never done together.
My Soul Is Not A Thing – It’s A Channel
The night I experienced the reality of my soul.
Hanukkah in Germany, 1931
Directly across from the Posner home stood the Nazi headquarters. With the eight lights of the menorah glowing brightly in her window, Rabbi Posner’s wife, Rachel, snapped a photo of it and captured the Nazi flag in the background.
The Secret to Chanukah
Rosh Chodesh Chanukah, 5773 (2012)
I wrote the Secret to Chanukah late last night. Between then and now, I heard the horrific news coming out of Newtown, CT, where a mass murder occurred in an Elementary School.
Hanukkah in the Ghetto
Hanukkah in the ghetto. Never before in Jewish Warsaw were there as many Hanukkah celebrations as in this year of the wall…
The Bride With Many Souls
On the 15th of the Hebrew month of Av, the maidens of Jerusalem would go out dressed in white garments and dance in the vineyards.
An Ancient Trick For Resolutions That Stick
The Jewish holiday season, from Rosh Hashanah through Sukkot, is actually a sophisticated technology for personal repair bequeathed to us by G-d via Moses 3,300 years ago, with accompanying instructions for upgrades over the millennia.
Day 715 – Murder at a Purim Feast
As Purim approaches, we encounter a Talmudic conundrum:
Rava said: One must become so intoxicated on Purim that he cannot distinguish between “Cursed is Haman” and “Blessed is Mordechai.” Rabbah and Rav Zeira celebrated the Purim feast together. They became intoxicated. Rabbah arose and slaughtered Rav Zeira.
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