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The Three Weeks
The Three Weeks

“When Av enters, we must lessen our rejoicing,” declare the Talmudic sages in Ta’anit 26b.In truth, however, this period of “sadness” begins on the Fast of the 17th of Tammuz (observed today) and lasts exactly three weeks – until Tisha …

The Fast of the 17th of Tammuz
The Fast of the 17th of Tammuz

Everyone knows about Yom Kippur. There are, however, several other fast days in the Jewish calendar that are not nearly as well known. Tomorrow, on July 15, the Fast of the 17th of Tammuz will be observed.As mentioned in the Talmud, five events are com…

Smashing the Tablets
Smashing the Tablets

The sages declare that five tragedies occurred on the seventeenth of Tammuz…

Rewarded
Rewarded

At the time that God appointed Aaron to be the…

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

Cute and cuddly, teddy bears today are made in all materials and styles. But, the original teddy bear design was actually a piece of velvet sewn into the shape of a bear with shoe button eyes.The very first teddy bear was sewn overnight by Rose Michtom…

Find Your Courage
Find Your Courage

“Courage is a special kind of knowledge: the knowledge of how to…

Acts of Nature, with a Little Help
Acts of Nature, with a Little Help

Herein lies the difference between a blessing and a miracle…p>

The Most Important Meal
The Most Important Meal

Across the country, school breakfast programs are offered in order to ensure that students will be properly nourished and capable of putting forth their best efforts during their day of learning. While the origins of the often repeated statement that

Jonas Phillips: Living in the Revolution
Jonas Phillips: Living in the Revolution

A few weeks after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the British blockade intercepted a communication written in Yiddish…

Jews in Idaho
Jews in Idaho

Like most of the western states, Idaho was populated by settlers in the second half of the 19th century. There were a small number of Jews though…

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