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Purim 2018: how is the Jewish holiday celebrated?

If you live near a Jewish community, you won’t be able to miss Purim. The festival allows even the most buttoned-down orthodox sects to let loose for a day of costumes and carousing, fuelled...
Ivanka Trump is assisted waving the lulav and etrog at the White House during the eight-day holiday of Sukkot by Rabbi Levi Shemtov, executive vice president of American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad). Source: Twitter.

Ivanka Trump shakes lulav and etrog in the White House

Ivanka Trump. first daughter and advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump, shook the lulav and etrog in the White House. She was assisted by Rabbi Levi Shemtov, executive vice president of American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad), who brought the special four...

Counting of the Omer

Counting of the Omer (Hebrew: ספירת העומר‎, Sefirat HaOmer, sometimes abbreviated as Sefira or the Omer) is an important verbal counting of each of the forty-nine days between the Jewish holidays of Passover and Shavuot as stated in the Hebrew Bible: Leviticus 23:15–16. This mitzvah ("commandment") derives from the Torah commandment to count...

I’m Not Jewish — What Should I Bring to a Hanukkah Party?

What happens when you invite an Irish lapsed-Catholic to Hanukkah? They get drunk on kosher wine and try to blow out the menorah. Just me? Doesn’t matter, I’m invited back this year. As a matter of...

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...

President Trump (and His Jewish Daughter and Son-in-Law) Skipped the White House Passover Seder

President Donald Trump did not attend the annual White House Passover Seder held on Monday night, a spokeswoman confirms to PEOPLE. His daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, who are both Jewish, also skipped the event,...

Bohemian Channukah, an adaptation to Queen’s classic.

United by a strong Jewish identity and driven by the mission of connecting Jews from all over the world with their heritage through music, the a cappella professional group Six13 is the origin of...

Ivanka Trump Shares Pictures of Her Family Celebrating First Night of Hanukkah

Ivanka Trump shared pictures on Instagram of her family celebrating the first night of Hanukkah on Tuesday. Trump — who converted to Judaism in 2009 — uploaded a photo of her and her husband Jared...
Workers prepare matzah, traditional unleavened bread eaten during the eight-day Jewish holiday of Passover, at the Aviv matzah plant in Bnei Brak on April 14, 2019. Photo by Flash90.

Major Orthodox groups urge Jews to limit Passover prep to just the ‘essentials’

Leaders of six major Orthodox organizations released a joint statement on Monday asking Jews to limit preparations for Passover to only essentials as a further measure against the health threat presented by the coronavirus...

Madonna observes Jewish Temples’ destruction, Tisha B’Av

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...