Celebrate and observe the Jewish holidays: Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Hanukkah, Tu Beshevat and more.
The festival of the giving of the Torah demands that we prepare ourselves, that we spend the night immersed in learning.
Long before science fiction contemplated revisiting and revising events of former years, the Bible did so, in the Book of Ruth.
As we approach Lag Ba’omer, let us race along capturing the “wins” and insert them into our daily activities.
The 33rd day has a special significance. Until then it is not permitted during the sefirah to cut the hair, wear new clothes, attend public entertainment or to get married.
The Environmental Protection Ministry suggested unifying bonfires with other social groups - without making the actual bonfire larger - to drastically cut pollution without sacrificing tradition.
New Passover book showcases ‘profound and actionable’ lessons from the Seder
The Superhero Haggadah is interspersed with essays, divrei Torah, humorous MCU spins on various songs sung during the Seder and questions-and-answers sections.
Liberation from slavery underlies our basic Jewish values
Our oral tradition is founded upon the Socratic method of “questions and answers” lobbied between study partners or chavrutot. On Seder night, questions are particularly pivotal; multiple irregularities are introduced into the Seder to prompt questions.
Let me tell you the story about one exceedingly famous Haggadah and the other one a metaphor for our own time.
This year, as most Israelis enjoy mask-less, unsocially distanced but doubly vaccinated Seders, we still need this message. Our election do-over picked at social and political scabs.
With menus ranging from brisket and matzah ball soup to chraime and chicken tagine, you’ll be spoilt for choice. We’ve rounded up the best of them below.
Other titles feature lighthearted humorous stories and a lively interactive family Hagaddah with tips for this COVID-19 era, when many Seder guests may be joining remotely.
The Sages understood that Esther’s demand that Purim be established as a national holiday and that the Megillah be included in the writings of the Bible was in fact valid.
The puppets would often get burned, “but in Europe this led to hostility from non-Jews who thought the Jews were burning effigies of Christians, so it stopped [there],” historian Yuval Malachi said.
"What an amazing opportunity it is to join together in our yeshiva at the kotel, in the Old City of Jerusalem, with Jews so far away that we have never met," Rabbi Rosman said.
When met with a crisis — when the king’s evil adviser, Haman, decreed that all the Jews were to be killed — Esther looked deep within herself and realized she had strength.
If there is a lesson in all this, it is that Purim, its miracles and deliverance are not confined to the distant past.
In recognition of this stunning reversal of fortune, the rabbis canonized Esther’s story and decreed a number of mitzvot that are meant to strengthen our sense of camaraderie.
Memories of Tunisian Purim
Purim shpiel: Some holiday humor to brighten up your weekend
Purim shpiel: What on earth has been going on in Israel's capital this week?
How do you boost holiday cheer in such troubling times?
Even in this depressing time we are living through, be happy – it’s Purim!
The advent of Purim offers a perfect opportunity to shake off some of those pandemic blues and get in some high jinks.
How will you be Puriming?
A look at Purim in all its dimensions
Queen Esther is depicted as the epitome of feminine modesty, courage and self-sacrifice.
Congratulations to Ian Parkinson of the United Kingdom.
Help Jewish National Fund-USA and The Jerusalem Post say happy birthday to the trees.
CORONA HAS been a dramatic game changer in the way we experience time.
Tree-planting ceremonies are traditional on Tu Bishvat in Israel, where the soil is holy
Those of us fortunate enough to live in Israel can personally visit the archaeological finds of the Maccabee period and walk through the modern city from which stemmed the revolution.
Zealotry and fundamentalism are among the greatest dangers to modern society.
When we examine Joseph’s personality in light of Scriptures and Midrash, we can discern different traits.
Most Jews know only the legend about the miracle of the cruse of oil and very little about the actual military victories of the Maccabees.
This year on Rosh Hashanah, it was pure prayer with no background noise, and even the Shofar blowing was perfect.
The coronavirus pandemic was certainly going to make a very different Yom Kippur for me and probably every other Jew on the globe.
In this 2020 fall season, let us try to develop a true inner joy that is based not on our external assets but rather on our vulnerability, faith and resilience.
As we bid farewell to one of history’s most unusual, unorthodox Sukkot, the very soul of Simhat Torah has been winnowed down to a shell of its former self.
With the joy that is the theme of this holiday, Bracha's children have found their way home.
Once we start to read the Torah all over again, we need to be reminded of its absolute holiness, rendering it nearly inaccessible and unapproachable.
This celebration encompasses all layers of society, young and old, rich and poor, learned and less learned.
The holiday's celebratory dancing is a custom which is not required to fulfill any of the core obligations.
Being an American by birth, it has been important to me to search resources to find out how my forebearers there observed the holiday in the traditional manner.
A special feature of the service is calling all children under 13 years to the Reading of the Law.
Normally thousands of people attend, praying and singing to God.
The original sukkah-huts in the desert provided the first appreciation of human vulnerability.
Sukkot externalizes the internal joy of the purified person, the atoned, the person celebrating the beginning of the new year with a clean heart and good will.
One needs to enter the sukkah and be fully encompassed by it to fulfill his or her obligation to dwell in the sukkah.
The haftarah for Yom Kippur begins with these action-filled words of Isaiah. We must act; we must cut the road through; it is up to us clear the way for my people, God’s people.
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The coronavirus may compel people to look at the world and their place in it this year in a very different way.
In rabbinic literature, the biblical ideal of hessed encompasses mitzvot such as visiting the sick, burying the dead, comforting the mourner, and helping a bride and groom rejoice.
As the Ne’ila service closes out Yom Kippur, we become a better and more refined version of who we are.
The Yom Kippur War was characterized by ferocious firepower that cost our country 2,656 soldiers, at a time when our population was less than three million.
Two million Israelis have reported loss of income due to the crisis, and about 510,000 citizens have not yet returned to the labor market since the beginning of the corona crisis.
The Danish Jewish Museum in Copenhagen presents 400 years of Jewish life in Denmark.
IsraAid is different from other aid organizations that focus primarily on relief in the immediate aftermath of a humanitarian disaster.
Corey Gil-Shuster is trying to present a fresh, unadulterated view of the conflict through his YouTube channel.
Creativity has emerged as as the most sought-after human asset.
Am “Al het” of the shortcomings of a people returned to its land.
How a young Israeli family went off the grid and spent nearly a year crossing 4 continents and visiting 11 countries
The presence of a prayer partition separating men and women at the Western Wall sometimes caused some contretemps and Muslim protestations.
Experts share their fave family projects for fun DIY decorating
What if these people who believe in the Book of Life and prayers and the evil eye and salt over your shoulder are right and I’m wrong?
Saving the world first begins by saving oneself.
No matter how much we move toward peace, sadly, we’ll have to live with terror.
If the coronavirus crisis has taught us anything, it is that the assumptions we make, whether consciously or not, shape much of how we experience the world.
Some twenty years before the third cholera pandemic hit Russia, the inhabitants of Orsha (today in Belarus) turned to the Tzemach Tzedek with a plea for spiritual assistance.
On Rosh Hashanah you eat apples and honey, you hear the shofar, you spend long hours in shul. Giving gifts?
A look at surprising Jewish pastimes in past times
How did Jews celebrate the Jewish New Year in the midst of the most horrendous period in Jewish history?
Since I’m Orthodox, I can’t use technology during the holiday, so I’m left with toughing it out alone at home or braving what will certainly be a pared-down in-person service.
Will any of the prayers and poems that we recite on these holidays help us deal with these issues?
Priority should be given to hearing the shofar blowing over attending the rest of communal prayer.
Soon, each of us will begin our heshbon nefesh, our soul-searching.
Get into the Shabbat spirit with prayer, song, mysticism, meditation and words of Torah from around the world.
Why can’t we create a Yom Yerushalayim ritual that contrasts the suffering and the redemption, the dream and the fulfillment?
By being confirmed on Shavuot, a teenager in the 1940s was receiving and accepting the Torah as one of the chosen people.
This active opportunity to learn Torah and ask questions is the essence of what receiving the Torah is about.
Stuchiner is a beacon of light in a world darkened by the coronavirus outbreak.
“Many people are deeply concerned that the challenges with which our people are wrestling today are leading to greater friction and division than ever before.”
In the 222 pages of the paperback, Peter Bailey tells the fascinating and heroic stories of all 40 recipients of the Medal of Valor
It is not easy for any society to maintain consistent adherence to the demands of its constitution.
Jews from Palestine – including my own father Harry – formed a Palestinian Jewish Diaspora in other parts of the world.
Should there be a separation between shul and state?
We found here a beautiful country, unique in the variety of its scenery and climate.
The uniqueness of Israeliana seems to be that it is the collection of material items produced by a society that may not have been wealthy, but had a powerful sense of ideology.
The curious case of Major Farran’s Hat
As old connections to Judaism fade, Zionism is turning into a primary manner Diaspora Jews relate to their Judaism.
As a child I felt that Talmud is a conversation that links people and creates joy and also has something different from everyday life, something higher and beautiful.
Rivlin says the coronavirus crisis ‘has made us feel more than ever that we are one family with a shared history, shared values and a shared destiny’
While the enemy may be different, “this is very similar to our usual work.”