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  1. Purim Landing

    Purim, falling on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar, revolves around the biblical book of Esther and its farcical story of the threatened genocide and eventual salvation of the Jews. The festivities surrounding Purim are the most outlandish and whimsical of the Jewish calendar. Most Jews associate Purim with costumes and carnivals, graggers (noisemakers) and hamantashen (three-cornered, filled cookies that evoke the three-cornered hat of Haman) that appeal to children. But it would be wrong to dismiss Purim as a holiday only for children.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/jewish-time-shabbat-and-holidays/purim

    Posted on: 2016/12/14 - 12:17pm

  2. Omer Counting and Lag BaOmer Aggregate

  3. Yom Hasho'ah Landing

    Yom Hasho’ah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) is the solemn commemoration day that recalls the horrific losses during the Holocaust. The murder of 6 million Jews is the most traumatic event in recent Jewish history. While we should never forget that Jews were not the only targets of Nazi genocide — the Roma people, homosexuals and the Nazi’s political enemies were also singled out — the annihilation suffered by the Jewish people was on an unprecedented scale.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/jewish-time-shabbat-and-holidays/yom-hashoah

    Posted on: 2016/12/14 - 12:21pm

  4. Yom Ha'Atzma'ut and Yom HaZikaron Landing

    Yom HaZikaron, Israeli Memorial Day, for those who have fallen in the defense of the nation, was originally observed only in the State of Israel, but the day has come to be marked in other places as well. In Israel, where there is near-universal military service, the day evokes particularly powerful emotions because almost everyone has had a relative or friend who has died in service to the country. It is observed the day before Israeli Independence Day. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/jewish-time-shabbat-and-holidays/yom-haatzmaut-and-yom-hazikaron

    Posted on: 2016/12/14 - 12:22pm

  5. Rosh Hodesh Landing

    The Hebrew months correspond to lunar cycles. The beginning of the new moon is called Rosh Ḥodesh, literally, “head of the month.” Because a lunar cycle is 29½ days, some months are one day longer than others, and some have two days of Rosh Ḥodesh, while others have only one.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/jewish-time-shabbat-and-holidays/rosh-hodesh

    Posted on: 2016/12/14 - 12:25pm

  6. Tisha B'Av Landing

    The fast day of Tisha B’Av, the ninth day of the month of Av, is an annual day of mourning marking the destruction of the Second Temple. Over time, Tisha B’Av became the central day of mourning on the Jewish calendar. Later generations layered their tragedies onto it.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/jewish-time-shabbat-and-holidays/tisha-bav

    Posted on: 2016/12/14 - 12:25pm

  7. Miketz - Dreams

    “All dreams follow the interpreter.” Talmud, Berakhot 55b 

    Everyone has dreams. Some of us dream of heights we intend to scale, battles we intend to win, glories we intend to capture. Some of us dream of love, or riches, or fame, or the quenching of our deepest desires. Some dreams are vast, and deep, and dramatic, and others are simple, and quiet, and modest. But regardless of their size or nature, we all have had dreams that inspired our actions and gave a sense of urgency to our lives. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/stuff-dreams-are-made

    Posted on: 2016/12/22 - 11:55am

  8. Vayigash - Plans

    When I was sixteen my family moved from Santa Monica to Sacramento. I had just finished my first year of high school and had been selected to play drums with the SAMOHI jazz band in the Hollywood Bowl (which I did the night before we moved). I was certainly not looking forward to leaving behind all my friends and everything I had grown up with to move to a strange new place where I knew no one. But my dad had a new job, so move we did. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/if-i-had-only-known-parashat-vayigash

    Posted on: 2016/12/22 - 11:59am

  9. DT Miketz 2016 Love Trumps Power

    “Not by might, not by power, but by my spirit….” (Zechariah 4:6)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/love-trumps-power

    Posted on: 2016/12/24 - 12:00am

  10. Jacob Staub on Miketz - Rosner's Domain

    Rabbi Jacob Staub discusses Parashat Miketz with Shmuel Rosner of the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/video/rabbi-jacob-staub-discusses-parashat-miketz

    Posted on: 2017/01/05 - 1:42pm

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