Black and Blue: Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut

Apr 18, 2018  |  By Shira Goldstein

Today is Yom HaZikaron, the day of remembrance for those who died fighting for Israel and who lost their lives in terror attacks. Tonight, this day of national mourning will become a day of national celebration as we begin the annual festivities for Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. That the two are connected seems weird at best – you can read more about that here. If you don’t live in […]

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This Week’s Torah Portion: Shmini

Apr 12, 2018  |  By Shira Goldstein

Name: Shmini Reading: Leviticus 9:1 – 11:47 Haftara Samuel 1 20:18 – 20:42 Parsha Summary – Shmini Tzav ended with Moses sending Aaron and his sons into the Tent of Meeting for a full week. God Accepts the Offerings Moses calls Aaron, his sons, and the elders of Israel. He tells Aaron to take a bull-calf as a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering, and to bring […]

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Yom Hashoah – Reflections from Poland

Apr 10, 2018  |  By Shira Goldstein
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This Thursday, we will commemorate Yom Hashoah – the Jewish calendar’s Holocaust Memorial Day. In Israel, the day is marked by a national minute of silence, lowered flags, and official ceremonies held by the Government and Rabbinate. Across the world, communities hold memorial services and give their remaining Holocaust survivors a platform from which to share their stories. Another popular event held around this time of year is the March […]