Thursday, July 27, 2017


Kosher for Passover in Israel

We were at Sachne one day last Passover. Sachne, also known as “The Park of the Three Pools,” is located near Beit Shahn in the Lower Galilee. It was a beautiful day, and the place was packed with both Jews and Arabs, religious people and non-religious. The kids had a lot of fun going in and out of the waterfalls in the park, and we

The New SAR Haggadah

SAR is proud to introduce the SAR Haggadah Shel Pesach, an artistic journey by the students of SAR, is a unique collaboration between the Fine Arts and Judaic Studies departments. The artwork was designed by SAR High School students under the guidance of David Friedman, Sara Susswein Tesler, and Sara Krantz (Artist-in-Residence),

Maestro Itzhak Perlman Stars at Carnegie Hall

Sanford I. Weill and Jordan Roth Honored

New York—Defying critics, skeptics and nay-sayers, the thriving, vibrant, always “on,” Drama-Desk Award-winning National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene (NYTF) continues the celebration of its 100th year with

The Grand Old Lady of Off-Broadway Celebrates 100 Years and Counting

The 100-year-old National Yiddishe Theatre-Folksbiene has roots going deep into the 19th century—reaching back across the Atlantic from the Yiddish theaters of Eastern Europe to New York’s Lower East Side. In Europe, actors traipsed from country to country, from city to shtetl, to tell their

A Chat With the Maestro

He has performed for kings, queens and presidents. Over the decades he has racked up Grammy awards, Emmys and countless international accolades. Twenty years ago, he had already earned honorary degrees from Harvard, Yale, Brandeis and Yeshiva Universities.

When you watch Itzhak Perlman joyously

The Case for Yiddish

I grew up in a mixed marriage. My mother came from a religious Zionist home and my father from a secularist Bundist family. I spoke Yiddish with my father and learned Hebrew at school; my family kept Shabbes and kosher, and still attended klezmer and Yiddish folk arts festivals. Camp Ramah, KlezKamp, Young Israel synagogues and a

Achva East 2015: Kosher Summer Fun for Eighth Graders

Achva has been running summer travel programs for Modern Orthodox teenagers for 35 years. Thousands of teenagers have participated and come back with rave reviews for Young Israel’s Achva East program. While not as well-known as its bigger siblings, Achva West or Achva Israel, Achva East offers girls and boys finishing eighth

The Book of Esther: A Manifesto for Jewish Peoplehood

The Book of Esther is the most secular book in the Bible. It is the only story without God in it. God doesn’t appear as a hero, and is not mentioned by anyone. So why was it included as a Holy Scripture? Maybe because it expresses the sanctity of the shared Jewish identity, not because it represents the sanctity of God. Jewishness in the

Answers to Top Purim Questions for 2015

The Purim questions were answered by Rabbi Eli Gersten, rabbinic coordinator and halachic recorder for OU Kosher. The responses were reviewed by Rabbi Yaakov Luban, OU Kosher executive rabbinic coordinator. Rabbi Moshe Zywica, OU Kosher executive rabbinic

Purim, Partying, and Parameters

The holiday of Purim celebrates one of the happiest times in Jewish history. With the destruction of the first Beit Hamikdash and all of its desolation, the salvation of the Jews during the times of King Achashveirosh was a holiday of renewal. The rescinding of the decrees of Haman set the stage for the completion of the

The Origin of Taanit Esther

The origin of this fast has always been a mystery. A fast on the 13th of Adar is not mentioned in the book of Esther. Nor is such a fast mentioned in Tannaitic or Amoraic literature.

Interestingly, the 13th of Adar (Yom Nikanor) is one of the holidays included in Megillat Taanit. This means that

Getting Ready for Bar/Bat Mitzvah Celebrations

There is always a host of life-cycle celebrations that are part and parcel of our lives. Brissim, baby namings, bar/bats, weddings, anniversaries, and birthday parties are the usual reasons for someone to have a celebration. IT’S BAR/BAT TIME…and it takes a minimum of three years to get it right, so you’d better start

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