77 F
San Diego
Monday, October 23, 2017
Here is a dismal, if anecdotal, indicator of the state of Jewish education: whenever I have asked, I have found that the overwhelming majority of Jews don’t know that the phrase “nothing new under the sun” comes from the Bible. In fact, it’s a central motif in the book of Kohelet, or “Ecclesiastes”, an enigmatic megillah that we read during the forthcoming...
video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ereKzbzsDoo
I am among the legions of loathers of honey cake. Every Rosh Hashanah, someone tells me about their amazing honey cake that I must try, and I wind up having to make polite yum-yum faces while retching internally. The only honey cakes I have ever liked are the ones that do not taste like honey cake, falling into two categories: Honey...

Rosh Hashanah Greetings, Yiddish-Style

We no longer send many Rosh Hashanah greeting cards to each other. Once, in the days leading up to the holiday, the mailboxes were clogged with them. Now, if we send them at all—and why bother, when we’re in constant email, WhatsApp, or Twitter contact with those who might receive them?—they often go electronically. And yet there was a time...

Jewish New Year starts Wednesday

Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, will be Wednesday, and area Jews will be celebrating the High Holy Day. Chabad of Peachtree City, 632 Dogwood Trail in Tyrone, and Congregation B'nai Israel, 1633 Hwy. 54 East in Jonesboro, will both have observances. There is no synagogue in Coweta County, but Cowetans worship at Chabad of Peachtree City and Congregation B’nai...
video
International superstar, Madonna is apparently observing Tisha B’Av, the saddest day in the Jewish calendar, on which a number of disasters in Jewish history occurred, primarily the destruction of both the First Temple by the Babylonians and the Second Temple by the Romans in Jerusalem. Earlier today Madonna wrote to her over 10 million followers, “9th of Av. This...

The real lesson of Tisha B’Av

Tisha B’Av, the fast day that commemorates the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE, comes this year at a particularly fraught moment for the Jewish people. The only surviving architectural element of the Temple, its western restraining wall, has become a site of contention both between different religious movements and between world Jewry and the Israeli government. At...
According the Talmud, the main reason for the destruction of the second Holy Temple was baseless hatred. As the Tosefta (additional commentaries) at the end of Tractate Menachot explain, this tragedy befell the Jewish people because “each one hates his neighbor.” The Talmud further imparts that each generation in which the Holy Temple is not rebuilt is guilty of the same sin...
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...

Recent Posts