At the Bethlehem Exhibit Leor in Tel Aviv Grady alludes to the city of Bethlehem mentioned in the book of Ruth by means of a photograph of the city.
Is Judaism exclusive or ownerless? Celebrating Revelation on Shavuot highlights the conflict that can be found between the values of choseneness and egalitarianism. Rabbi Ilana Foss, Schechter development and new media associate, discusses how Schechter’s mission embraces this tension.
Now that we have celebrated the first days of Passover, let’s revisit the story of Exodus with Rabbi Dr. Paul Shrell-Fox, Looking at the events of the Exodus and our knowledge of Egyptian deities, God’s role as described in the Haggadah and around the seder table takes on new meaning.
Rabbi Professor David Golinkin, discusses the connection between the rituals of the ancient Greek symposium and many of the Seder rituals. Jewish communities throughout the generations did not live in vacuums; they absorbed much from their surroundings. generations did not live in vacuums; they absorbed much from their surroundings. Yet they did not absorb other people’s traditions indiscriminately. What can we learn from all these parallels?
We are blessed to be living in a time where an overwhelming number of Jews are able to celebrate Jewish holidays proudly and openly. Professor Renée Levine Melammed takes us back to Spain post-1492, and looks at how the Crypto-Jews there celebrated the Jewish holidays.
On Purim, we are rightly appalled by the fact that Haman wanted to destroy the Jewish people. Yet we seldom notice that we were commanded to do the very same thing to Haman’s people, to Amalek, in Exodus 17, which we read on Purim morning, and Deutoronomy 25, which we read on Shabbat Zakhor.
Tu Bishvat is mentioned in the Mishna as Rosh Hashanah L’Ilan, the New Year of the Tree. It gained in popularity when the 16th-century Kabbalists in Safed began to hold a Seder Tu Bishvat and eat up to 30 types of fruits, while the Zionists in the 20th century began to plant trees on Tu Bishvat.
This is the dual lesson of Hanukkah and of Joseph and his brothers: unity leads to redemption. May we remember this lesson as we light the Hanukkah candles.
The New Year brings with it hope for a future in which online transparency and support for victims who speak out may bring blessings to people and places that in the past knew only curses.