Holidays Category

VeNahafoch Hu: The Force of Creative Destruction

In: Holidays

Purim is a celebration of reversals. The Book of Esther, which is traditionally read twice on the holiday, states in Chapter 9 verse 1: Now in the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, on the thirteenth day of the same, when the king’s commandment and his decree drew near to be put in execution, […]

The following drash/sermon was given during Yom Kippur at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav. I love being Jewish. I always have. From the moment I knew I was Jewish, I found a home in the prayers, larger-than-me concepts, values and sense of community that were infused in everything we did. I was aware, however, that I was […]

From my op-ed in morning’s Sunday Chicago Tribune (cross-posted in Shalom Rav): The actions of the Jewish State ultimately reflect upon the Jewish people throughout the world. We in the Diaspora Jewish community have long taken pride in the accomplishments of the Jewish State. As with any family, the success of some reflects a warm light […]

North Carolina is not known as hotbed of Jewish political activism, or Jewish anything for that matter. It’s no Berkeley, and it’s certainly not Brookline, but things are growing. This year the NC Havurah will be hosting a wonderful Yom Kippur retreat at The Stone House. So if you live in the area (or you’re […]

( brings you the full Haggadah, In Search of Freedom: Exploring Common Ground Passover Haggadah, for the first time online.) For the 14th year, the Milwaukee Area Jewish Committee’s African-American-Jewish Task Force held its annual African-American Jewish Seder. The seder has been led in synagogues, university libraries, senior centers, Jewish homes for the elderly, but […]

While the internet, Facebook and Twitter grant us a global connection, the focus on our local communities remain integral, necessary and vital to Jewish identity. That’s at least one message that Yiddishkayt and Jewish Artists Initiative are bringing to Los Angeles this Passover through this Ashkenazi seder celebration. This Thursday, April 2nd, they’ll be hosting […]

Never underestimate the creativity that tech folks have. Check this out — one person’s re-telling of the Haggadah and Moses’ departure, facebook style. Here’s a taste below — click on the image for the full story. h/t Shawn Landres


In: Holidays, Humor

Culture Kitchen got me with this: BREAKING NEWS: Rush Limbaugh Converts to Judaism Really, I was aghast. Oh Purim and your naughty ways!

Bush White House Even F’s Up the Hanukkah Cards

In: Holidays, Humor

NY Post reports that the White House sent Hanukkah party invitations to Jewish communal leaders with “Clydesdale delivering the traditional “Hanukkah Tree” to a White House decorated top to bottom in Hanukkah wreaths.” Meaning, they forgot to actually send, you know, Hannukah cards. When reached for comment, Laura Bush’s spokeswoman, Sally McDonough, said the White […]

[I’m lifting this out of the ALEPH mailing list] Time Magazine recently named Velveteen Rabbi, the blog of ALEPH rabbinic student Rachel Barenblat, one of its top 25 blogs in its first-ever annual blog index. Velveteen Rabbi is the only religion blog on the list, which includes The Huffington Post, Daily Kos, and Boing Boing, […]