I remember watching the closing moments of The Prince of Egypt, Stephen Spielberg’s animated telling of the Exodus story. Moses descends Mount Sinai carrying the Ten Commandments on two stone tablets, and uplifting music plays as the movie ends.
Growing up in a Messianic Jewish family, I knew all about Passover, Hanukkah, Purim and Sukkot. But I didn’t hear about Lag B’Omer until I moved to New York City and took a Hebrew class. There I learned that for many religious Jews this holiday holds deep significance.
We recently observed Yom Hashoah—a day set aside to remember the 6,000,000 victims of the Holocaust. IIn Jewish practice, it is important to remember (yizkor) the dead on the date of their death and to say Kaddish, a traditional Hebrew prayer, in their memory. Today (April 9) is the anniversary of the martyrdom of Dietrich […]
Une bouteille à la mer (A Bottle in the Gaza Sea) was shown at the recent Other Israel Film Festival sponsored by the Manhattan Jewish Community Center. It is a film about the friendship between a young Jewish woman living in Jerusalem and a young Palestinian man from Gaza sparked by a message in a […]