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A.J. Jacobs Headlines at Federation Main Event
WHAT IF YOU:
TRIED TO FOLLOW EVERY COMMANDMENT LISTED IN THE TORAH –ALL 613 OF THEM?
READ THE ENTIRE ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITTANICA –FROM COVER TO COVER?
HIRED SOMEONE TO LIVE YOUR LIFE FOR YOU — LITERALLY?
DECIDED TO BE RADICALLY HONEST – N..
Write Your Own Dirge for Tisha B’Av
By Edmon J. Rodman
Los Angeles (JTA) — Jewish tradition teaches that we are commanded to write a Torah in our lifetime, but not a kinah, or dirge. For ages, our prophets and rabbis have done this for us, filtering and distancing, putting our most painful group memories into acrostic, poetic form.
Beginning with Eicha (Lamentations) and continuing with additional kinot, our forebears have turned the darkest days in our history into a ready-to-use alef-bet of tragedy.
Now as we approach Tisha B’Av, the 9th of Av, the fast day on which we remember the destruction of the First and Second Temples and other disasters that occurred on this date by chanting these kinot, I am encouraging you in this age of immersion and Googley do-it-yourself to pick up pencil or pen and write your own dirge.
Tisha B’Av, which starts this year on the night of..
Israel, Part 19: Winery and Bonfire; Good-bye to the Galilee
By Amy Krakovitz
On the way back from Zippori, we get a choice: the Arab circus in Carmiel or a winery. It doesn’t take much convincing for the busload to choose a winery in the area. We stop at the Meister Winery in Rosh Pina. After retiring from a career in banking, Yakov Meister opened this unique winery, with its vats, processing equipment, and tasting room in some natural caves adjacent to the vineyards. In addition to the grapes, he grows other fruits and creates fruit liquors and olive oils as well.
While those too young to partake of wine stayed outside..