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
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),
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 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
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
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 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 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
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
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 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
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