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A replica of the Jewish Temple's menorah, made by The Temple Institute in Israel. Credit: The Temple Institute, Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem via Wikimedia Commons.

US President Donald Trump wishes the Jewish people a ‘Happy Hanukkah’

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U.S. President Donald Trump released a statement wishing Jews a “blessed and happy Hanukkah” in honor of the first of eight lights lit on Sunday night. “Melania and I send our warmest greetings to our...

Pesach during the Holocaust

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The Pesach holiday – which marks the Jewish people’s exodus from enslavement in ancient Egypt – was never more reminiscent in modern times as during the Holocaust. In the Pesach Haggadah, which recounts the miraculous story, Jews...

Hundreds of thousands make Lag B’Omer pilgrimage to Rebbe Shimon’s gravesite

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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...
Rabbi Polichenco, with microphone, explains the significance of Chanukah as Nancy Harrison gives a hand-held light to a youngster

March of Light concludes with chanukiah lighting

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Story by Donald H. Harrison, Photos by Shor M. Masori SAN DIEGO – Undeterred by last month’s massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, or by more recent anti-Semitic vandalism in Poway, more...

Nietzsche and Pesach: How the Exodus Ruined Everything

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Frederick Nietzsche believed that the Egyptians were blond. My apologies; I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start from the beginning: Despite what people sometimes claim, Frederick Nietzsche wasn’t an anti-Semite. To the contrary, he was strongly...

Tisha Be’Av: A Failed Holiday?

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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,...
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the first of two Hannukah receptions at the White House on Dec. 11, 2019. Source: Screenshot.

Trump at White House Hanukkah party says he will ‘celebrate and honor’ Jews

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U.S. President Donald Trump reaffirmed his support for the Jewish community at the first of two White House Hanukkah receptions on Dec. 11. “Across our country, Jewish Americans strengthen, sustain and inspire our nation,” he said....
Illustration for a dinner table set for the traditional "seder" meal for Rosh Hashanah. September 10, 2017. Photo by Mendy Hachtman/ Flash90

Rosh Hashanah fuss-free food for the modern host

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It started with a chance remark after a Shabbat dinner. “What a feast! You must have cooked for hours. How do you do it?” I didn’t answer immediately. Working in my home office, I haven’t...
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Welcome online faces to Passover ‘bruncheon’

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This year, I’m not going overboard. I’m not even using my late mother’s dinner service for 20; instead, it’s plastic ware. Everything has changed in the era of corona, Passover included. Yet we must celebrate...

Lag B’Omer: the Jewish holiday of bonfires and marshmallows!

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This is a Judaism celebrated annually on the 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer (which is the 49 day period between Passover and Shavuot in the Jewish calendar, which according to the Torah...