Passover in Israel @ 60

May 3, 2008   The Torah says that people should make their way by foot to Jerusalem for the three festivals: Pesah, Sukkot and Shavuot. Several centuries later, the Mishnah and then subsequently, the Talmud reiterate and expand upon the mitzvah requiring people to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem for the holidays.  In fact, those …

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What Madonna and Others Can Teach Us: It’s Good to be Jewish!

Rosh Hashanah September 17, 2004   An earlier generation looked at the burden of being Jewish, and shried gevalt. “Shver zu zain a yid:  It’s hard to be a Jew” was their rallying cry, and a comment frequently expressed.  So hard, in fact, that many opted out once the Emancipation occurred in the 19th century, …

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