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A web app to help you atone. Like in Bible Times, only nerdier.
The eScapegoat roams the Internet collecting sins before Yom Kippur. This web app is inspired by the Yom Kippur rituals from the time of the Temple in which a goat is symbolically burdened with the sins of the Jewish people. In the app, this action is symbolized by a whimsical animated goat receiving the sins that users share with it.
BY RABBI SHEFA GOLD for myjewishlearning.com
This blessing, traditionally recited for firsts, can be said anytime -- since every moment is new and unprecedented.
The Shehechiyanu blessing is said whenever we realize the miracle of the present moment. Traditionally, it is recited when we do something for the first time that year — such as lighting Hanukkah candles, hearing the shofar, or shaking a lulav and etrog — as well as at the start of most Jewish holidays. The blessing honors and expresses the wonder of having arrived.
From Jewish Treats
There are few types of food with as many variations as cheese. Like all dairy products, only cheese that has been made with the milk of a kosher animal can be kosher. (For those celebrating August’s National Goat Cheese Month, that’s good news, since goats are kosher animals.)
Unlike milk or butter, however, the qualifications for kashrut are a bit more complicated than simply the source of the dairy. In fact, there is a specific prohibition in the Talmud against the consumption of gvinat akum, literally the cheese of heathens.
What does Judaism have to say about end-of-life care? How to make decisions for the terminally ill? What lessons can we learn from our Patriarchs and Matriarchs in the Torah? How does Judaism view hospice and palliative care?
Read about all these issues and more in myjewishlearning.com
BY PAUL GOLIN for myjewishlearning.com
What Is Secular Humanistic Judaism?
This "fifth denomination," founded in the 1960s by a Reform-ordained rabbi, describes itself as humanistic rather than atheistic.
Secular Humanistic Judaism is a movement that believes Judaism was created by people to meet human needs and that it is most meaningfully expressed by celebrating human knowledge, power and responsibility.
Due to Tisha B'Av falling on Saturday, July 21, the fast is observed on Sunday, July 22.
Tisha B’Av, the 9th day of the month of Av (Jul. 21-22, 2018), is the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, on which we fast, deprive ourselves and pray. It is the culmination of the Three Weeks, a period of time during which we mark the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
What Happened on 9 Av
We are now in a period known as the Three Weeks, beginning with the 17th of Tammuz (June 30) and culminating with Tisha b'Av (July 21, although the fast is observed on the 22nd due to the 21st being Shabbat)
Tisha B’Av is the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, marking the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem and other countless tragedies. Leading up to Tisha B’Av is a mourning period is called the Three Weeks, beginning with a fast on the 17th of Tammuz. The mourning intensifies during the Nine Days, beginning with the first of Av, culminating with the fast on the 9th of Av, Tisha B’Av.
The Three Weeks
The Three Weeks is a period of mourning on the Jewish calendar, commemorating the destruction of the two Temples in Jerusalem. The Three Weeks begin with the fast of the 17th of Tammuz, Shiva Asar B’Tammuz, and end with the fast of the 9th of Av, Tisha B’Av (July 25th- 26th, 2015). Both fasts commemorate events surrounding the destruction of the Temples and the subsequent exile of the Israelites from the land of Israel. The First Temple was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar II in 586 BCE and the Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE.
by Marnie Winston-Macauley for aish.com
There were over 2000 Jews in colonial America and many took part in the Revolutionary War. Here’s their story.
Picture it. A Jew in a waistcoat, knee breeches, holding a shotgun? Yet of the over 2000 Jews in colonial America, many adult Jewish males took part in the Revolutionary War from fighting to financing. A few were royalists, but most American Jews supported the fight for independence.
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