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Category: Jewish Holidays & Festivals

From Pain to Pleasure: Lessons from the Month of Av

Cyclical conceptions of time are thoroughly embedded in me through my Jewish heritage and culture. I was born on Rosh Chodesh Av – the new moon of the Hebrew month that is now ending. The Hebrew calendar is a lunisolar calendar, which means that while my Hebrew birthday rarely matches up with my Gregorian birthday, it is always on the same date relative to the cycle of Jewish festivals and religious observances.…

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Pirkei Avot, Passover & the Mashpee Wampanoag

Dear Jewish Community, I hope everyone is healthy and well, staying strong and resilient, and finding new sources of communication and connection. Check out this beautiful Tkhine When an Epidemic Breaks Out (1916) – a non-canonized, Yiddish Ashkenaz prayer translated by Noam Lerman and others. I have been attending SVARA‚Äôs daily Mishnah studies and wanted to share something that is sticking with me from a recent beit midrash (study session). We have been breaking down Masechet Avot, Chapter…

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