The Scholar's Haggadah: Ashkenazic, Sephardic, and Oriental

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This refers to the concept of "building a fence around the Torah" - in other words, not cutting a ritual so close that one might inadvertently trespass on a commandment. According to the story, Haman cast lots to determine the day upon which to exterminate the Jews Mordecai persuaded Esther to speak to the king on behalf of the Jewish people. Tu B’Shevat — Arbor Day — On Tu B’Shevat we celebrate the New Year of the trees and our own belief in the future of the world.

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What Can It Be? Riddles About Passover

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Both will begin in their new positions on May 2, 2016. The general consensus is that if the change from “King who loves righteousness and judgment” to “the King of judgment,” or any of the other alterations not singled out in this Treat, is not made, the Amidah need not be repeated. It is the New Year for people, animals, and legal contracts. In fact, the Reform movement pioneered the ordination of women as rabbis. Under the rule of King Ahashuerus, Haman, the King's prime minister, plots to exterminate all of the Jews of Persia.

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Shabbat, The Right Way: Resolving Halachic Dilemmas

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I know that is what I would have said prior to studying some background on Judaism, and finding out some really interesting facts about the Jewish holiday Hanukkah. Changing Of The Intent Behind The Holiday: Because of the destruction of the Temple in 70 A. I believe with perfect faith that God is the Creator and Ruler of all things. And because there's so much variety in Jewish practice, descriptions tend to vary. Kids learn more outside of school than within.

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The Complete Artscroll Machzor: Yom Kippur (Artscroll

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This is a festival which celebrates the Bodhisattva ideal represented by Avalokitesvara. As such, they either don't use toilet paper on Saturdays (opting instead for pipe-clogging tissues) or pre-rip toilet paper before sundown on Friday. (I reluctantly confess, this is something I was exposed to while growing up the son of an Orthodox rabbi.) Since Jews were not allowed to study Torah on Christmas Eve, the rabbis still wanted the community to be doing something, um, productive.

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Passover Haggadah

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One holiday that the rabbis developed–though did not originate–is the holiday of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah. Here is the dilemma: During the months of Elul and Tishrei (before and during the High Holidays), repentance must be our top priority. The Kingdom of Judah continued as an independent state until it was conquered by a Babylonian army in the early 6th century BCE, destroying the First Temple that was at the center of ancient Jewish worship.

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Passover Seder: Ritual and Menu for an Observance by

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That doesn’t work — school works by everyone being present at the same time — if a number of students take off the same day, that should be made a holiday. Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT Along with the connections that naturally develop among men who meet at our retreats, many men have used the JMR as an occasion to deepen their relationships with their fathers, sons, or brothers, friends, and congregants by inviting them to join them for the weekend.

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[Pastoral message

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To sin means to miss or fall short of the mark, fall from the path, and miss the opportunity to do what's right. As a matter of fact, there are few direct references to the Messiah in the Hebrew Scriptures. The date is disputed; Some authorities claim that it was observed on Tishrei 1 (Rosh HaShanah). The white kittel speaks of sinless purity, as he was pure and without sin. This is the bread that the Jews made for their flight from Egypt. According to the Jewish Year Book (1901), the global Jewish population in 1900 was around 11 million.

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Beautiful Days, Holy Days: The Majesty and Profundity of the

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As a practical matter, if a lot of students and/or teachers are going to be out of school on a given holiday, school should be closed. Rosh HaShanah - Sep 14, 2015 Tishrei 1-2 - The Jewish New Year. In nearly all Orthodox and a few Conservative circles, only male Jews are counted toward a minyan; most Conservative Jews and members of other Jewish denominations count female Jews as well. I’m willing to bet the same is true of most of the religious holidays of other faiths as well.

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Festival Days: A History of Jewish Celebrations

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You get out of school, and learning as a whole, what you put in. I’m not the one who believes in fantasies and fairy tales. The details which are called the Oral Torah were to remain unwritten. Succot is also known as Hag ha-Asif, "The Festival of the Ingathering", due to the fact that it falls during the season when the final summer produce is gathered from the field. Jews (including 85% of Jews by religion and 42% of Jews of no religion) also say they have “a strong sense of belonging to the Jewish people.” And emotional attachment to Israel has not waned discernibly among American Jews in the past decade, though it is markedly stronger among Jews by religion (and older Jews in general) than among Jews of no religion (and younger Jews in general). 5 Overall, about seven-in-ten Jews surveyed say they feel either very attached (30%) or somewhat attached (39%) to Israel, essentially unchanged since 2000-2001.

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Half A Hanukkah: Four Stories for the Festival of Lights

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People can be Jewish even if they don’t follow the religion. We are thrilled to announce that our Community & Covenant initiative was one of the 28 projects chosen to receive matching grants through a program of the Jewish Funders Network for innovative projects that promote "Avenues to Jewish Engagement for Intermarried Couples and their Families," created in honor of Genesis Prize Laureate Michael Douglas. Most (though not all) American Jews avoid bread and grain products to one extent or another throughout this holiday, in memory of the fact that our ancestors left Egypt in a hurry and didn't have time to wait for their bread to rise.

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