Ladino Language News

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ladino language

Good news for the Ladino language! Daniel Sugarman of the Jewish Chronicle writes that the Royal Spanish Academy has decided to invest in the preservation of Ladino, the language of the Spanish Jews who were expelled during the time of the Inquisition. Sugarman writes that plans include the establishment of a National Ladino Academy in Israel, a… Read more »

Tiny Travelling Torah

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Travelling Torah

Bat Mitzvah of Chloe A. Montego Bay, Jamaica June 9, 2010 The Travelling Torah from which Chloe read (pictured here in Chloe’s arms) was inscribed in south central Europe, possibly in Slovenia or Romania in the years prior to 1880. We know this because after 1880, Rabbis defined the exact dimensions of a scroll and… Read more »

Reconstructing Judaism

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Reconstructing Judaism

Sinagoga Ner Tamid del Sud in Calabria   Is Italy’s First Reconstructionist Synagogue Reconstructing Judaism is the brand new name given to the Jewish Reconstructionist movement, the fourth largest Jewish movement in the world, the only movement founded in the United States, and the only stream of Judaism that has offered the Jewish world a… Read more »

Betty Boop Jewish Roots

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Betty Boop

Today when grandparents share a video moment with grandchildren, it’s likely that the image on the screen is the highly popular “SpongeBob SquarePants.” The show chronicles the adventures of SpongeBob and his friends in the fantasy underwater city and is the highest rated series ever to air on Nickelodeon. But almost 90 years ago another… Read more »

Lag B Omer Interfaith Understanding

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Lag B Omer Interfaith Understanding

Lag B Omer Interfaith Understanding The festival of Pesach is behind us. We’ve wiped the wine stains from the Haggadot booklets or, if we used special dishes, they are now put away. Finally the bread and cookies are back in the pantry and with a smile  of satisfaction and relief, the most popular of all… Read more »

Shavuot

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Shavuot

Shavuot in the New Millennium or “Who Wrote the Book of Love?”   As we celebrate Shavuot this year, take time to Read the Book of Ruth. It is the traditional reading for this festival. The Book of Ruth takes us back to the beauty and mystery of love. Love that begins in a way… Read more »