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Shavuot 5781 [English]

Shavuot 5781 [English]

In its biblical sources, the holiday of Shavuot is characterised by the moment of the year in which it happens (50 days after Pesach, when the wheat was harvested) and by the offerings made to God, be it animal sacrifices, bread or the first fruits. Except for the moment of the holiday itself, the other biblical dimensions all referred to agricultural practices in the Land of Israel. Following the Jewish diaspora, with many communities outside Israel, these aspects of the festival lost their relevance to a large part of the Jewish world.

Lag BaOmer 5781 – English

Lag BaOmer 5781 – English

The domination of the Roman Empire in Judea in the first century of the Common Era was one of the most terrible chapters in the history of the Jewish people. From the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE, the Romans faced a series of sporadic revolts, in their majority badly organised and without success. In the second century of the Common Era, the leader Bar Kochba started a series of organised revolts, spiritually supported by Rabbi Akiva, one of the most renowned sages in the Jewish world, and the Jewish people saw a brief light of hope, of liberation, before the great oppressive force.

Pesach 5781

Pesach 5781

It’s almost time for the Passover dinner and your assembled guests are shifting their interests from Seder to soup. At this moment, you point to the Passover symbols: Pesach, matzah and maror, and sort of begin the meal with what was considered in ancient times “the appetizer”.

An Historic Milestone: Israel Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Recognizing Reform and Conservative Conversions

An Historic Milestone: Israel Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Recognizing Reform and Conservative Conversions

The World Union congratulates its partners, the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ), who, together with its legal…

Purim 5781 – Flyer

Purim 5781 – Flyer

This is not a Shehecheyanu moment. A milestone, though it may be, this is not a Shehecheyanu moment. One full year into the pandemic, with hundreds of thousands of lives lost across the globe—it is something to mark, certainly, but it is not something to say Shehecheyanu over.