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Chag Shavuot Same’ach!

The festival of Shavuot (“Feast of Weeks” or Pentecost), beginning tonight is the culmination of the 7 weeks (hence the name) of counting the Omer – Sefirat Ha’Omer. We are instructed by G-d (ויקרא כ”ג:ט”ו – Lev. 23:15) to count, … Continue reading

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Chag Same’ach! Yom Yerushalayim 5780 – 2020

Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, the anniversary of Israel’s miraculous victory over combined Arab forces in 1967, began last night (Thursday). Usually the chag is marked with festive prayer services in synagogues around the country. This year, because of the restrictions … Continue reading

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Some good news for Lag Ba’Omer

Today is Lag Ba”Omer, the 33rd day of the Omer, a semi-holiday marked by bonfires in the night, music and a popular day for weddings. This year, because of the coronavirus restrictions, bonfires were banned except in a very few … Continue reading

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Chag Atzma’ut Same’ach! Happy 72nd Independence Day Israel!

It’s Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, and, as we note every year, the country swings in a mad but so-Israeli kind of way from the mourning, sorrow and remembrance of Yom Hazikaron to the flag-waving patriotism and general merry-making of … Continue reading

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Yom Hazikaron 5780 – Israel’s Memorial Day 2020

Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror, began last night at sundown with the sound of the siren, as Israel commemorated its fallen with a one minute siren at 8 pm and a surreal ceremony … Continue reading

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Yom Hashoah 5780- 2020

Yom Hashoah this year took on a much more subdued tone than in normal times due to the strictures imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. For the first time ever the ceremony was broadcast online while the host and choir addressed … Continue reading

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