Among the many festivals assigned to the final days of December and the first days of January, one of the newest and, perhaps, the most logical, is the anonymous designation of January 3rd as the “Festival of Sleep.”
The festivities of New Year’s celebration are now over. Those who made resolutions for the New Year are, perhaps, wondering just how they will fulfill them.
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.”