Tisha b’Av, A Holy Day of Sadness

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Tish b’Av, a holy day of sadness, commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples, a day when we read the Book of Lamentations and on which many fast. Is there any benefit to living in the past, focusing on tragedy? Or can we perhaps learn a lesson from tragedy? Rabbi Michael Bernstein of […]

Three Weeks of…well…The Three Weeks!

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Want to know more about the Three weeks and Tisha B’Av? Then you have come to the right place… First, we have a very academic video narrated by Rachel Esther on the holidays. Did you know that listening to music is generally forbidden during this time? Check out a cool post about someone who disagrees […]

The Ultimate Shavuot Guide: Essays, Recipes, Rituals and More!

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Imagine a mountainous buffet of ice cream, cookies, blintzes, cheesecake and pie. Imagine dozens of people sitting around, slamming coffee, cola and energy drinks, feverously debating Jewish law, telling fantastical stories from the Torah and Talmud, breaking into discussions about contemporary issues like Israel and the state of Jews around the world. Imagine yourself there. […]

Shavuot Kids Books: A Mountain of Blintzes and Sadie and the Big Mountain

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The stories reviewed are only a handful of those written for children about the holiday Shavuot. On this holiday we celebrate because Moses went up the mountain and receives the Laws (Torah) from G-d. A Mountain of Blintzes by Barbara Goldin and illustrated by Anik McGrory is slightly based on the tales of Chelm, but […]

Converts, Cheesecake, and Other Reasons To Like Shavuot

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My Letterman-style Top Ten Reason To Love Shavuot: 10. Cheesecake Brownies. It’s like shooting heroine and cocaine at the same time..only a lot healthier and legal. Dairy and Shavuot go hand-in-hand, and since I seldom eat meat this holiday glorifies everything I love that makes me fat. 9. You get to remember who Ruth is. […]