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SAN DIEGO — Ahh, Shavuot is soon upon us. With its extended synagogue services, special readings including the story of Ruth and the 10 Commandments among others, Tikkun Leil Shavuot –the practice of staying up all night studying Torah — and of course all of those traditional delectable dairy dishes throughout the holiday. This year, I’ve been invited to speak...
A view of Binghamton University commencement in 2017. Credit: Facebook.
For the first time to date, Binghamton University will host an alternative graduation ceremony to accommodate observant Jewish students and their family members who would otherwise be unable to attend graduation. In the past, commencement activities held on Saturday and Sunday did not present difficulties to Jewish observant graduates and their families. But this year, commencement weekend falls during Shavuot, the two-day holiday that...
Ultra-Orthodox Jews follow an ancient Biblical command and harvest wheat with a hand sickle in a field near the central Israeli town of Modi'in. They will store the wheat for almost a year and then use it to grind flour to make unleavened bread for the week-long Passover festival. May 24, 2009. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90
I’ve often heard (and many rabbis lament) that Shavuot is the only major Jewish holiday many Diaspora Jews have never heard of or ever celebrated. If you are one of these newbies to the holiday, its origins and its practices, you’re not alone. To see if you fall into this category, take this little quiz. On Shavuot, Jews mark: The new...
As Jews across Israel and around the world celebrated Lag B’Omer, a holiday commemorating the life of anti-Roman Torah sage Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, Israeli authorities announced that they had found a symbol of the revolt by Shimon bar Kochba against the Romans in the form of a small bronze coin. The single round coin was discovered as part of...
Hundreds of thousands of Jews from around the world ascended to the Tomb of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, lovingly called “Rebbe Shimon,” for Lag B’Omer on Wednesday night and through Thursday, marking the yahrtzeit of the illustrious second-century Torah sage who authored the foundational book of Jewish mysticism, the Zohar. The annual celebratory event was overseen by Israeli police and security services,...
The Torah lists three pilgrimage festivals: Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot. Yet the largest annual Jewish pilgrimage these days will take place this week during the lesser known holy day of Lag B’Omer, or the 33rd day of the 49-day counting of the Omer between Passover and Shavuot. An estimated 250,000 Israelis—men, women and children—are expected to travel to the gravesite...
It is 75 years since the beginning of one of the most heroic deeds of the Jewish people: the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, during which less than a thousand Jews confronted the powerful Nazi army for almost a month, without great military equipment; challenging all logic and probabilities of success, becoming the symbol of Jewish heroism. Dina Porat, main historian of...
Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, will join Israel for Wednesday night’s 70th-anniversary celebrations, bringing along 300 Intel drones to help put on a massive light show in the skies over Jerusalem. “I am excited to be in Israel on Independence Day, in Jerusalem, and to participate in this exciting event,” he said in a statement. “This year, in 2018, Intel...
In the weeks leading up to Yom Ha’aztmaut—Israel’s Independence Day—on April 19, pro-Israel students from more than 160 university campuses across North America have been holding parties and celebrations for the Jewish state’s 70th birthday. These festivities, which include birthday cakes and candles, balloons, music, posters and T-shirts, photo booths and even Tel Aviv-themed beach parties in California schools, are...
Members of the Israel Defense Forces and Israeli civilians are jointly commemorating the decisive battles of the 1948 War of Independence ahead of national celebrations of Israel’s 70th year of Independence. “When you study the War of Independence, which is fascinating, in an in-depth manner, you see that the IDF was born in this war,” Education Officer Lt.-Col. Shul Ben...

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