HOLIDAYS Archive

The High Holidays in Israel

by Gideon Being in Israel during the High Holidays is seeing the country in a way that most news channels never show it. Israel is not about conflicts and wars. It is the home of the …

Israel’s Independence Day Celebration in Miami

  By Gideon There were actually two Independence  Day celebrations for Israel’s 68th birthday in Miami. The first one was organized by The Florida Israel Friendship League (FIFL), which held the Israeli Independence Day celebration on …

Making the Omer count

  by Rivka Levy Hands up: who’s excited about counting the Omer this year? Hands up again: Who even knows what counting the Omer is? If you’re like most people in the Jewish world, particularly the …

The Great Bonfires of Lag Ba’Omer

    By Gideon I was on an airplane, looking through the window at Israel’s shoreline which just appeared in the far distance in the early dawn hours. The land below was still looking grayish; …

Reclaiming the Holidays

Jay Lavine, M.D. The holiday season is approaching, beginning with Rosh Hashanah, also known as Yom Harat Olam, the birthday of the world. Human nature being what it is, traditions associated with holidays eventually begin to take on …