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  • Are palm fronds the new roses?

    Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump were photographed on the streets of New York pushing their newborn baby Arabella Rose in her stroller. The Daily Mail, which did a fashion rundown on the stylish couple, also noted what was in Kushner’s hand. “He also held some flowers in one hand – perhaps a gift for his… More ▸

  • What is the Fast of Gedaliah?

    "Jewish holiday" Jeopardy™ question: it’s the first fast day after Rosh Hashanah on the Hebrew calendar. No, not "Yom Kippur." Not even if you phrase it in the form of a question. The correct response is, "What is the Fast of Gedaliah?" [[READMORE]] Tzom Gedaliah is observed on the third of the Jewish month of Tishrei… More ▸

  • About that Rosh Hashanah greeting card…

    I really should have heeded the warning of my local postmaster 85 years ago:  POSTMASTER URGES EARLY MAILING OF ROSH HASHANAH CARDS (published Aug. 19, 1926) Sir: The purpose of this letter is to enlist your aid in the campaign which the postoffice is making to give publicity to the necessity on the part of… More ▸

  • Updated list of Tisha B’Av calamities

    As riots rage in London today and Wall Street wakes up after two days of massive declines, the significance of this date on the Jewish calendar is not lost. The Ninth of Av is a day that has taken on mythical and historical significance as a day on which calamity befalls the Jewish people. Jewish summer… More ▸

  • Setting the scene for Jerusalem Day

    Today is Jerusalem Day (Yom Yerushalayim in Hebrew). The holiday, observed according to the Hebrew Calendar on the 28th of the month of Iyar, commemorates the reunification of Jerusalem during the Six Day War of 1967. The days leading up to this event were tense; the Israeli Chief Rabbinate proclaimed a day of fasting and prayer, while… More ▸