Posts in category "Holidays"

For the sake of their Jewish fans, the Cubs need to win tonight

For the sake of their Jewish fans, the Cubs need to win tonight
Tonight the Cubs play the Giants in Game 3 of the National League Division Series. A Cubs victory ends the NLDS and gives the team a few days rest before they meet the Dodgers or Nationals at Wrigley Field on Saturday for the first game of the League Championship Series. If the Giants win, the... Read more »

Ted Cruz's Tisha B'av Pandering

Ted Cruz's Tisha B'av Pandering
Today is Tisha B’av – the 9th day of Av, a day on which Jews mourn the destruction of the first and second temples in Jerusalem, and many other disasters that have occurred on the same date. Actually, today is the 10th of Av. But because the 9th fell on Shabbat this year, the observance... Read more »

The War On Passover

The War On Passover
Fox News is at it once again, alerting their viewers to what they are calling “The Unholy War On Easter”. What set them off this time was a secular display in Daley Plaza. The display is described as “massive” even though it is relatively small compared to the Easter display that has also been set... Read more »
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A New Purim Song

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  Just in time for Purim, and to put you in the mood for Sunday’s Megillah reading, here’s a new song and video from Michelle Citrin. That is all. Enjoy … Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach   Did you like this? You can get notified whenever something new is posted. Type your email address in... Read more »

When A Terrible Christmas Movie Left Me Crying Like A Baby

When A Terrible Christmas Movie Left Me Crying Like A Baby
My father passed away on November 8, 1998. He had been sick with a blood disorder for less than a year. We knew it would eventually turn into leukemia, but that happened sooner than we expected. We were grateful he didn’t suffer much and that the end was relatively quick. It was only about a... Read more »

Santa Isn't Black - He's Jewish

Santa Isn't Black - He's Jewish
You’ve heard that Aisha Harris at Slate thinks it’s time to stop thinking of Santa as a white man. The idea of a Black Santa so upset Megyn Kelly that she took the time to assure any children watching her Fox “News” show that they need not worry …  Santa Claus is white – and so... Read more »
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Eight Reasons Why Thanksgivukah Is Better Than Chrismukah

Eight Reasons Why Thanksgivukah Is Better Than Chrismukah
  This year, for the first time in over 100 years, Chanukah will start before Thanksgiving . It won’t happen again for more than 77,000 years. That’s right – seventy seven thousand years. The reasons for this are complicated, but if you’re interested, there are many websites where you can find the details. The short... Read more »

Sunday In The Park With Jews

Sunday In The Park With Jews
Going back at least to when I was a high school student in the early 70’s, the Jewish community in Chicago has joined together each year to celebrate Israel. On a Sunday near Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day – April 16th this year) we’ve participated in an ever-changing range of activities. At first, it was... Read more »

The War On Purim

The War On Purim
  One more Purim item. On The Daily Show last night, Jon Stewart reported on a poor costume decision made by one Jewish politician and followed up with a blockbuster story about the latest attack on religion in America.   First, NY State Assemblyman Dov Hikind tries to apologize for his racist Purim costume …... Read more »
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The Book Of Purim (A Parody)

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Yesterday I posted about Purim and although I included a summary of the story, I neglected to mention that one of the fun traditions of the holiday is to do parodies.  Sometimes it’s fake news stories like you might find in The Onion.  But mostly it’s Purim Shpiels … overlaying the Purim story on some... Read more »