While Theodor Herzl is generally credited as the father of modern Zionism, he was not the first to call for the modern, political rebirth of a Jewish nation. Only in 1895 did Herzl come to realize that Jews would never be accepted in western society.
“Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?” This question is posed by the classic New Year’s Eve song Auld Lang Syne.
Of the ten plagues that devastated the land of Egypt, the plague of darkness appears to be the most benign.
Zmirot are the songs that celebrate the holiness and beauty of Shabbat.
Every legal system, including halacha (Jewish law), has its letter of the law, its spirit of the law, and the gray areas in-between.
To students of Jewish philosophy, the works of Franz Rosenzweig are a must read.
Jews of the 21st century may comment, or even grumble, about the pervasiveness of Christmas in our society, but, let’s be honest, in this day and age, the effects of the holiday season are rather benign.
In the world of new holidays known to many only through the internet, today is “Roots Day.”
One does not often associate preachers with Judaism. There are, however, certain distinct personalities in Jewish history who are known for their ability to inspire through their oratory.
Did you have a nickname growing up? Did you use it, or was it a name reserved for use by your closest friends or just family?It is fascinating to note that Jewish law frowns upon bequeathing nicknames. This does not mean “Billy” instead of William …