Holidays Category

[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, […]

This year was my first Passover in Jerusalem. At my seders last year, I still wasn’t sure whether I meant it when I said “next year in Jerusalem,” but this year I knew as I said it that I’d be staying for a second year. When I spoke with my mother a few days before […]

(apologies to those who aren’t living in new york city – this is an event announcement) (it seems like there are many more radical purim extravaganzas going on all over the country, though, and i’m posting this announcement in part to encourage folks to think big and exciting for next year…) this year’s eighth-or-so edition […]

Give it up for The Jew and the Carrot who are giving us some serious holiday love, including Tu B’shvat seders in…yes, I know not surprising…New York and San Francisco. We’ve got one for you in Seattle, but definitely let us know what’s going on in your small towns, street corners, downtown bars, back roads, […]

We’re in the middle of Sukkot, the festival of booths, when we live for seven days in temporary structures, in a state of transit, symbolically making our homes in a place where we don’t plan to stay permanently. And we have limited time in which to build our sukkah (if we have a place to […]

In Deuteronomy chapter 21, we are told that the parents of a wayward child can have the child stoned to death if “he does not listen to the voice of his father or his mother and does not obey them.” Much earlier, in Exodus chapter 24, when god and Moses give the children of Israel […]

one. i’ve been meaning to write something about the destruction of temples, and whether it’s something to mourn. partly because i have a soft spot for some aspects of tisha b’av despite my secularism, and partly inspired by a friend’s experience being told by a progressive jewish organization that a drash she wrote for them […]

Chag Pride Sameach!

In: Events, Holidays, LGBTQ, Shabbat

Yes, Pride Shabbat is nigh upon us, and anyone who will be in the New York vicinity is encouraged to join CBST for both Friday night and Saturday morning services, after which we’ll have a lovely kiddush, which will no doubt be sponsored by half the congregation. That evening, the female-identified members of the 20’s/30’s […]

49 days and counting!

In: Holidays, Ideas, Religion, Tradition

As a recovering English major, it’s unusual that I admit to enjoying anything having to do with numbers… but I love counting the omer. As a child I knew nothing about the omer; it wasn’t until I was going to Makom Hebrew High School as a teenager that I learned about the obligation to count […]

Yes, before we get to a round up of all the fabulous seder haggadot and supplements there are to behold, trust that there is a feasty delight about to happen. The Leonard Lopate Show is hosting a recipe swap, this time on Matzo balls, and wants you, their faithful listeners and community members, to chime […]


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