Category Archives: Judaism

Purim Same’ach! Happy Purim!

Enough of all the gloom and doom and politics and propaganda. Purim is here and it’s time to celebrate! The festival began at sundown this evening  when we went to shul and heard the *Megillah being read, with the ra’ashanim … Continue reading

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Good News Friday

This week’s Good News Friday is going to start with a slightly bittersweet item for which I beg your forgiveness, particularly as it’s Rosh Chodesh Adar when we are supposed to increase our joy. (Adar is the month in which … Continue reading

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Tu B’Shvat Higia!

Today is Tu B’Shvat, the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shvat, known as “the birthday of the trees” in Jewish tradition. The tree most associated with Tu B’Shvat is the almond tree, in Hebrew the Shkedi’a (שקדיה), which blossoms … Continue reading

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Good News Friday – Chanukah Edition

Shabbat Chanukah has a wonderful festive atmosphere around it, so I couldn’t let this week pass by without a Good News Friday installment. Just in time for Chanukah, with its focus on olive oil as the source of the miracle … Continue reading

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Chanukah Same’ach! Happy Chanukah!

Chanukah has just begun here in Israel, and while you’re reading this we will be at our daughter’s house together with our other children and multitudes of grandchildren, lighting the candles and stuffing ourselves on assorted festive goodies. Chanukah celebrates … Continue reading

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Israel as a Jewish State

Were you as surprised as I was to discover that there is no actual law enshrining Israel’s status as a Jewish state and the homeland of the Jewish People? This is the background to the latest political kerfuffle in Israeli … Continue reading

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