Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Elul 7, 5774
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Ethel Hofman
Lag B'Omer represents a joyful break between Passover and Shavuot. It takes place on the 33rd day after the second day of Passover, in the midst of the seven weeks between Passover and Shavuot. (Lag is the Hebrew numerical equivalent of 33). In Israel, families celebrate by hiking in the hills or picnicking in one of the parks. For others,...
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Ethel Hofman, Jewish Exponent Feature
In Israel and for Jews around the world, Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel's Independence Day, is the realization of a nearly 2,000-year-old hope for the Jewish people to have a free homeland. It's a day of joyous celebration -- for on May 14, 1948, on the fifth day of Iyar, the State of Israel was established. This year, Yom Ha'atzmaut begins at...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
It's a familiar Purim story: Esther, a young Jewish woman, famous for her beauty, is selected to become the new queen by King Achashverosh, and with assistance from her cousin Mordechai, later saves the Jewish people from annihilation by the wicked Haman. As this ancient story is retold each year on the 14th of Adar, youths and the young at...
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By:
Jon Erlbaum
In the fifth-century BCE, the Jews of the Persian Empire were weakening in their commitment to Judaism. To make matters worse, the evil Haman decided he wanted to destroy the entire Jewish people -- all in one bloody day! Consulting the stars, Haman calculated that the month of Adar would be the most favorable time to attempt his all-in-one-day "final...
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By:
Ami Eden
Children in costumes. Parents celebrating. Stories of massacres greeted with revelry. Sounds like a decent pitch for Hamas television -- if you switch the Hebrew to Arabic and ignore that it's the scene at most synagogues in the world on the night of Purim. To be fair, most of the Jews in the pews -- and for that matter, the...
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