The Reform Rabbinical Institute and the UJR-AmLat present the Workshop on Anti-Semitism by Rabbi Joseph Edelheit.
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.
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.
Yom HaZikaron Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers of the Wars of Israel and Victims of Actions of Terrorism Yom…
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”.
In this International Women’s Day, UJR reiterates our commitment to working for a world with equal opportunities so men and women can fully develop their vocations.
The World Union congratulates its partners, the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ), who, together with its legal…
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.
But who are these people that have four New Year celebrations on their calendar? Many are surprised that there are four dates, with different meanings for Rosh Hashanah.
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