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Today, 75 years of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising are commemorated. A history of resistance...

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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...
Print: [90.17.1] Shavuot by Théo Tobiasse (1984), via Flickr

Shavou’ot guide for the perplexed, 2018

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1. The Shavou’ot holiday commemorates the receipt of the Torah (the Five Books of Moses), which enshrines liberty and morality, as demonstrated by a whole night study on the eve of Shavou’ot (the “Enhancement of Shavou’ot” – Tikoon Shavou’ot...

Hannukah Starts Tonight So Here’s 18 Differences Between Chanukah & Christmas

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Tuesday night December 12th is the first night of the Jewish Festival of Hanukkah and twelve days later is Christmas Eve. America is supposed to be a “melting pot,” however a sad thing about the...
An etrog, silver etrog box and lulav, used on the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Sukkot: The harvest festival and arrival of autumn

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We are twice blessed. Sukkot, the harvest festival—and sometimes called the “Jewish Thanksgiving”—takes place this year at the end of September, and two months later, Thanksgiving in America is a holiday that many Jewish...

Tradition on the table: Chanukah foods have rich history

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Chanukah, which roughly translates to "dedication" or "induction," is a Jewish holiday celebrated each year in November and/or December, depending on the Jewish calendar. Although it may not hold the same level of spiritual significance as...

Get out your crystal ball! Take the 5779 Jewish pundit quiz

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Was 5778 a good year? For Jews around the world, it was the usual mixed bag of bad (and even worse) news. The U.S. embassy to Israel was finally moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,...

Pirate? Princess? A ‘Wonder Woman’ Purim? Israelis Party Like It’s 357 BCE!

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Queen Esther and Uncle Mordechai, King Ahasuerus and that rogue Haman. All of them (and even poor old deposed Queen Vashti) would be flummoxed by the sheer volume of lunatic finery donned by Israelis...

Lag Baomer

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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,...
An Ultra Orthodox Jewish man prays at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, at the end of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and the holiest of Jewish holidays. Israel came to a standstill for 25-hours during the high holiday of Yom Kippur when observant Jews fast and Israelis are prohibited from driving. Photo by Flash90

Faith and fasting: A look at the practice ahead of Yom Kippur

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Fasting is the most commonly known Yom Kippur ritual. According to a 2016 Pew survey, 40 percent of American Jews and 60 percent of Israeli Jews fast on the Day of Atonement. Of course,...

Israel and U.S. share Hanukkah stamp design

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By now, many people have noticed that on sale at the U.S. Post Office is this year’s Hanukkah stamp, which features a papercut version of the 9-branched menorah (one arm being the shamash) set...