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Yom Ha'atzmaut

“Why is this night different from all other nights?”

Tomorrow night, around festive seder tables, we will all ask together: “Ma nishtana…?—Why is this night different​ from all other nights?” This question—one we recite year after year and often is associated with young children’s excitement at singing their first solo in front of family and friends—will have an entirely new meaning this year. Why … Continued

D’ash – The Power Of Song

As Israel celebrated its 70th birthday last week, and continues to mark the landmark occasion of its eighth decade of statehood, there are no shortage of programs, documentaries, and l opportunities to sit back, reflect on our many accomplishments, and engage in soul-searching about what the future holds for this work in progress that is … Continued

Days to remember and to celebrate

Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Memorial Day, begins at sundown on Sunday, April 27. How the date to commemorate the murder of six million Jews was chosen was a fraught and difficult process, one that Rabbi Irving Greenberg detailed in his book, “The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays” and excerpted here at MyJewishLearning.com. In Israel, a siren … Continued

Yom Ha’atzmaut 2013

Today, Israel and the Jewish world observe Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s national Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism. The State of Israel paused for two minutes at exactly 11:00 a.m. as a siren wailed to mark the beginning of Yom Hazikaron’s ceremonies. Israel and the Jewish world mourn the nation’s 23,085 fallen soldiers … Continued

The Month of Nisan Brings Redemption

A lot happens in Nisan. Ten days ago we celebrated our exodus from Egypt; five days from now, we will commemorate the memory of six million brothers and sisters who perished in the Holocaust, and in 12 days we will celebrate the sixty-fourth anniversary of the establishment of the Jewish State. At the Seder table we … Continued