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Judaism is mainly a religion of rejoicing and, but occasionally there are sad days too. Monday night sees the start of the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, known in Hebrew as Tisha B'Av (the 9th of the Hebrew month of Av). This is a period of 25 hours of fasting and mourning starting at night. Not easy, especially as...
Tisha B’Av, the 9th day of the month of Av (Jul. 31 - Aug. 1, 2017), is the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, on which we fast, deprive ourselves and pray. It is the culmination of the Three Weeks, a period of time during which we mark the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. What Happened on 9 Av 1313 BCE: The spies returned from the...

Tisha Be’Av: A Failed Holiday?

The year 403 BCE was momentous for the city-state of Athens. In the previous years, a bloody civil war had devastated the city and caused it to fall under the yoke of its arch-rival, Sparta. Now, the leaders of the polis were trying to cobble the pieces of their society together and rebuild the ancient glory of the city....

The Duality of Jewish Time

Time plays an enormous role in Judaism. The first thing that God declared holy was a day — Shabbat — at the conclusion of creation. The first mitzvah given to the Jewish people as a whole, prior to the Exodus, was the command to sanctify time, by determining and applying the Jewish calendar (Ex. 12:1-2). The prophets were the first people...

Lag Baomer

Saludes a todos los oyentes de la emisyon Muestra lingua, la emisyon en djudeo-espanyol fundada por el profesor Haïm-Vidal Sephiha i prezentada agora por vuestro servidor Edmond Cohen, kon Philippe en la kabina. Por empesar, vos akodro ke el proksimo atelye de konversasyon de Vidas Largas se tendra el martes de mayis, a las dos i medya, en el Centre...
Comme chaque année et ceci depuis des décennies, nous venons nous réjouir aux côtés du peuple Juif, dans Sa célébration de l’évènement, que nous considérons comme le plus important du monde, « Le retour du peuple Juif dans Sa terre » et l’établissement à la surprise du monde entier de l’Etat d’Israël. Certes cela n’a pas été sans mal, sans...
Israel came to a standstill on Sunday night to mark Yom Hazikaron, national Memorial Day, and to commemorate the 23,544 fallen IDF soldiers and 3,117 victims of terrorist attacks who have died over the course of the last 150 years. Yom Hazikaron is one of the most somber dates on the Israeli calendar. Places of entertainment are shut down. Radio...

A Guide to Yom Ha’atzmaut

On the 14th of May in 1948, a man named David Ben-Gurion, soon to be Prime Minister, established the State of Israel, rebuilding the homeland of the Jews—a people who which had been exiled for nearly 2,000 years, subject to persecution, abuse, and in the years prior, the horrors of the Holocaust. That day is now celebrated as Yom...

Mimouna: A Post-Passover Celebration

Though originating and celebrated widely in the Sephardic community (Jews of Mediterranean background), a small number of North American Ashkenazi Jews (those of Eastern European background) have started celebrating this festival in recent years. Theories About Its Origins The Moroccan Jews are known for Mimouna, the exuberant festival held on the evening and day after Passover, and whose origins are unclear....
This bit of news is only funny because for most of my life I believed, with good reason, that I was a Jew. It’s a story, but we have time. My father left home when he was 13 and never returned. Raised on a farm in Oregon, he found his way to southern California and spent several years working at a...

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