Tonight is the lighting of the first Hanukkah candle. Of all the Jewish holidays, Hanukkah is probably my favorite. And that is not only because of its trappings – all the light, and the candles, and the sufganiyot and the levivot (I so love levivot) – but also because of its message.
Naturally, I am not speaking of the 7-day-oil message. That is something anyone, from wee children to their proud grandmothers and grandfathers know too well. So well, in fact, that it causes the skeptical adults to voice their disbelief and growing distrust of this holiday, as they say that is impossible and they do not believe in miracles… (more…)
Tonight, we celebrate Passover, 14th of NIssan, 5777. Nice date, with lots of 7s in it.
As every year, I endeavor to learn something new (for myself) about each holiday. It may well be that something is new for me but not for you, as I have begun to study rather late in life, as an adult, and did not grow up with any knowledge of Judaism. And perhaps, this should have become obvious to me years ago, but I did not think of it, as it happens a lot in life. We just go on thinking along the automatic lines of habit. (more…)
Today begins the Sukkot Festival. Like any Jewish holiday, so does this one, too, have layers of meaning and a uniqueness, both in significance and in action. Like in Passover, we do a lot of things we do not normally engage in, which facilitates the making of spiritual and other changes and personal growth. (more…)
The New Jewish Year is almost upon us, and I would like to wish to all the Jews (and the non-Jews) a Good and Blessed Year! Shana Tova!
In designing and formulating this year’s greeting and its card, I have chosen to say something completely unrelated to all the tradition and the interpretation, to scripture and Kabbalah. This year I shall not share with you lessons I have learned in Judaism and new insights on my own Jewish journey of discovery.
Tomorrow, Friday, it is going to be Tu BeAv, the 15th of the month of Av, the Ancient Festival of Love and Passion. And here I am, as usual, thinking and pondering on the subject of this holiday, reading interpretations… I would like to share with you what I feel coming up from them. (more…)
Last evening, Saturday night, we have marked the end of Shabbat and the beginning of Shavuot, the Time of the Giving of the Torah.
In the synagogue we chose to affiliate ourselves with, of the conservative community of the Minyan Masorti Kfar Wradim, we have celebrated with a community dinner and then studying together until nearly midnight, on themes to do with Ruth Scroll and the Giving of the Torah. (more…)
Hello and Moadim LeSimcha, Happy Holidays!
This year, due to a technical challenge, I am posting my greetings a bit late.
Each holiday I like to learn something new about the holiday. (more…)
For those of you who are not Jewish, or are, but don’t live in Israel and only know the main religious holidays, Tu BiShvat (the 15th of the month of Shvat, according to Hebrew calendar) is the New Year for trees.
I have made a special greeting card for you, which you may find at the bottom of this post. Click on the picture to enlarge. (more…)
I would like to wish a very Happy New Year to all who celebrate this holiday, from any faith or nationality, from any country of origin. (more…)
I would like to wish all my Christian friends, students, colleagues and visitors with whom I am not acquainted a Merry Christmas at the end of this, 2015th year as counted from the birth of Christ. My wish for you is to spend it with your loved ones, whomever that may be, and enjoy the best the holiday has to give. (more…)