As Purim approaches, thousands of Israeli children and families grapple with poverty
Posted on: April 27th, 2012Sections → Magazine → Devora Waysman
Jews all over the world celebrate Israel's Independence Day - even those who have no intention of ever coming on aliyah, and many of whom have never even visited Israel. "It's a kind of insurance policy" one overseas friend told me. "By supporting Israel financially and emotionally, I know that its sanctuary is available to me or my children or grandchildren should the need ever arise."
Posted on: October 18th, 2011Sections → Magazine → Devora Waysman
One of the most popular of our chaggim is Simchat Torah, which falls on the last day of Sukkot. As its name suggests, Simchat Torah celebrates the joy of the Torah. There is no record of this holiday before the 11th century, and its origin may have been in Spain.
Posted on: January 27th, 2010Sections → Magazine → Devora Waysman
Every year, on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat, we celebrate a strange holiday - Tu B'Shevat, the New Year of the Trees. The name is a short form of 15th Shevat - tet = 9 and vav = 6. This year, Tu b'Shevat falls on 3rd February, one month before Purim. It also has other names - Chag Hailanot - the Festival of the Trees; and Chag Haperot - the Festival of the Fruit.
Posted on: January 28th, 2009Sections → Magazine → Devora Waysman
So many of Judaism's festivals are marked by solemnity, but Tu b'Shevat enhances our calendar with a delightful holiday that everyone can enjoy.
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