holidays

  • Running on Matzah

    The Associated Press reports on the challenge facing Jonah Pesner, a Reform rabbi: This year’s Boston Marathon is on the second day of Passover, which means running on a full stomach of Matzah (to say nothing of yontif) … Jonah Pesner is looking ahead to his crucial carb-loading, fuel-up meal on the night before running… More ▸

  • The Luck of the Irish Jews

    The Connecticut Jewish Ledger has an article taking a look at how Irish Jews around the world mark St. Patrick’s Day. The Lower East Side The Loyal Yiddish Sons of Erin were a group of Irish-Jewish immigrants in New York City who, at least through the 1960s, would celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with green matzo… More ▸

  • Hitchens doesn’t light the menorah

    We know that Christopher Hitchens doesn’t like God or Mother Teresa. So I guess it should come as no surprise that he’s down on Chanukah, too: The Hasmonean regime that resulted from the Maccabean revolt soon became exorbitantly corrupt, vicious, and divided, and encouraged the Roman annexation of Judea. Had it not been for this… More ▸

  • President of J. N. F. of America Deplores Lack of Unity in U.S. Jewry

    The lack of unity on the part of American Jewry in the face of renewed threats against Israel’s security was deplored here last night by Max Bressler, president of the Jewish National Fund of America. He spoke before a gathering of 1, 500 persons attending the JNF’s annual Shevuoth celebration. “Even the threat of Israel’s… More ▸

  • N.j. Legislature Defeats Slaughter Bill Threatening Kashruth

    The Assembly of the New Jersey Legislature has defeated a so-called “humane slaughter” bill which, if enacted, would have affected shechitah in the State of New Jersey and might have affected the supply of Kosher meats to New York City, whose markets are almost entirely dependent on the output of slaughter houses in this state…. More ▸

  • Arab Infiltrators Attack Israeli Car Near Eilat; Escape to Sinai

    Shevuoth holiday traffic was interrupted today when infiltrators attacked a car carrying three tourists and two Israelis near the Red Sea Port of Silat in Southern Israel. The assailants ambushed the car firing seven shots and hitting mainly the tires. A car coming from the opposite direction rescued the uninjured occupants. Security Forces rushed to… More ▸

  • Four Neturei Karta Members Begin Jail Terms Imposed in Riots over Pool

    Four more members of the Neturei Karta were to begin jail terms today on sentences imposed Friday but suspended until the close of the Shevuoth holiday. Like defendants in previous trials, the four sect members were charged with creating public disturbances inarrests growing out of the sect’s demonstrations against a pool in Jerusalem in which… More ▸

  • General Elections in Italy Set for Shevuoth; Jews in Predicament

    Scheduling of the Italian general elections for May 25 and 26 has presented the Jewish community with an important problem because these days coincide with Shevuoth when Jews are forbidden to work or write and therefore cannot mark their ballots. Since Italian law classifies voting as a duty as well as a right, the Rabbinical… More ▸

  • “pilgrimage Year” Inaugurated in Jerusalem with Procession to Mt, Zion

    The “year of the pilgrimage to Jerusalem” was formally inaugurated here today with a stately procession up the slope of Mt. Zion led by religious and political leaders of the State of Israel and representatives of the Jewish communities of the world. The procession began from the central railroad station in this city, where special… More ▸

  • Moscow to Have Kosher Meat and Kosher Restaurants, Rabbi Announces

    Soviet meat shops in Jewish neighborhoods will soon be selling kosher meat in Moscow and the government will open kosher restaurants, Moscow’s Chief Rabbi, M. Schliffer, announced at a Shevuoth service last Thursday, according to a cable to the New York Times. The dispatch from Moscow said that Rabbi Schliffer had declared that the kosher… More ▸