Why Do Jews Need Rosh Hashone

Psychological and Communal Aspects of the Jewish New Year by Reba Carmel From the Autumn, 2014 issue of Jewish Currents   OUR FIRST BIBLICAL ENCOUNTER with Rosh Hashone does not mention “Rosh Hashone” (“Head of the Year”). Leviticus 23:24-26 states: ‘[I]n the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe complete […]

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April 3: Y.L. Peretz

The classic Yiddish writer Yitzkhok Leibush Peretz died on this date in 1915 at the age of 62. A son of the Jewish enlightenment (Haskole), he nevertheless remained romantically attached to the Judaism of his youth (he was raised in an Orthodox family) and incorporated religious folklore into his deeply humanistic writings. With Sholem Aleichem […]

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Yiddish Literature in English Translation

An American Tale by Bennett Muraskin Modern Yiddish literature is a prime expression of Jewish humanism. Its creators were typically rebels against authority and proponents of universal ideals of freedom of thought, social justice and human dignity. Yiddish authors did not write for the educated elite, but for the average Jew. They formed a special […]

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Judaism as a Counterculture

Jewish Values Versus Conservative America by Lawrence Bush In 1915, one year before he became the first Jewish U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Louis Brandeis wrote in the premiere issue of the Menorah Journal that “the 20th-century ideals of America have been the ideals of the Jew for more than twenty centuries.” Among the shared ideals […]

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