The 10th of Av or What Happens Next

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by Dr. Michael Berenbaum
posted on July 30, 2020
The Jewish Calendar does not change, we do. As we observe Tisha B’av with fasting and lamentations this Thursday, I am flooded with the memories of other places that I have been when this summer sacred fast day occurred, memories of Camp where, as the lone summer sacred day – we cannot say holiday – the whole camp was Tisha B’av. Read more...

The Path of Wisdom

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by Rabbi Sam Rotenberg
posted on June 24, 2020
“If one found their father’s and their teacher’s lost property, their teacher’s lost object takes priority, for their father brought them into this world, but their teacher who taught them wisdom brings them into the world to come. If one’s father is wise, one’s father’s lost object takes priority…”  -From Mishna Baba Metzia, 2:11  Read more...

Remembering for a Purpose

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by Rabbi Cheryl Peretz
posted on May 22, 2020
The year was 1868. General John Logan issued General Order No. 11 calling for a national day of remembrance for Civil War dead. May 30 of that year was the day designated for this observance.  Flowers were placed on the graves of the fallen soldiers of both the Union and Confederate Armies. From this, Memorial Day was eventually instituted as a national day of observance. Read more...

Enough Regard One for Another Lag B’Omer and the Plague

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by Dr. Michael Berenbaum
posted on May 19, 2020
Lag B’Omer has a special meaning this year. Lag B’Omer is the thirty third day of the Omer, that period of seven full weeks from the second night of Passover to Shavuot, literally the festival of weeks, the Bikurim Festival, when the first fruits were brought to the Temple in Jerusalem and the festival on which Jews commemorate the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. Read more...