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Who will be your next kinkeeper?
by: Barry Pitegoff for Jewish Sacred Aging
“Know where you come from in order to know what your legacy will be” is the lesson in The Talmud, Pirke Avot, 3:1.
We used to know where we come from through gathering together for family reunions, special celebrations, Passover Seder, Chanukah, American (and Canadian) Thanksgiving, picnics and the like. These linked us to our living relatives through face-to-face contact.
The person in the family who organizes these events is called the “kinkeeper.”
A Hanukkah Heroine: The Story of Judith
By Breaking Matzo
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Judith was one of the great Jewish heroines. Judith single-handedly conceived of a daring and ingenious plan to save the Jews during an earlier time of Syrian Greek oppression.
The book of Judith (Yehudit in Hebrew), records that Holofernes, a Greek general, had surrounded the village of Bethulia as part of his campaign to conquer Judea.
The fighting was intense. The Greeks had cut off the Jews’ water supply. The situation became desperate and the Jews were ready to capitulate. But Judith, a pious widow, told the leaders that she had a plan to save the city.
Jews of Iran: A Modern History
BY ORLY R. RAHIMIYAN for MyJewishLearning
Iranian Jewry under the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Jews began settling in Iran about 2,700 years ago. Throughout their history, the Iranian Jews have coped with significant challenges, especially during the Safavid era (1501-1736) and under the Qajar rulers (1796-1925).
A Brief History of Modern Hebrew
Hebrew spoken today is not the same as the Hebrew in the Bible. But how did Hebrew come to be anyway? Watch our video to learn a brief history of Modern Hebrew featuring Joshua Mallett.
The Future of the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre
By Jonathan D. Sarna for Tablet Magazine
Is American anti-Semitism really distinctive from that of other diaspora countries? Just how worried should we be?
In the early morning hours of Oct. 12, 1958, exactly 60 years to the month before the massacre of 11 Jews in Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue, a nitroglycerine bomb equal to 50 sticks of dynamite tore apart the Temple, the oldest and most distinguished Reform congregation in Atlanta. “The sound of the blast traveled heavily for miles,” Melissa Fay Greene recounts in her all-too-timely history of that sadly forgotten anti-Semitic episode, The Temple Bombing. The Confederate Underground, the group that claimed credit for the attack, promised in a telephone call “to blow up all Communist organizations. Negroes and Jews are hereby declared aliens.”