Purim Joker

Purim and Fast of Esther 2007

Rejoicing over the salvation of the Jews in Persian times. Fast of Esther start before dawn on Thursday March 1st and ends after nightfall March 1st (half day fast.) Purim begins Saturday night March 3rd  and ends Sunday evening March 4th. Shushan Purim is on Monday March 5th.

Feminism and Judaism: A Purim Perspective
By: Rabbi Yitschak Rudomin
Passover - Pesach 2007

The Search for Leaven (Bedikat Chametz) takes place on Sunday night  April 1st.

The Fast of the First Born (customarily not observed due to a special Siyum-Celebration) takes place on Monday morning  April 2nd.

Burning and annulment of Chametz, on Monday morning  April 2nd.
Passover eve is on Monday April 2nd and Passover begins Monday night  April 2nd. The First Seder is on Monday night  April 2nd. The Second Seder is on Tuesday night April 3rd.

Second day of Passover ends on Wednesday April 4th after nightfall followed by Chol Hamoed. Shabbat Chol Hamoed begins late Friday afternoon April 6th and ends Saturday night April 7th after nightfall.
The Seventh day of Passover starts Sunday evening April 8th and Passover concludes on Tuesday night  April 10th.

Festival of the Mouth: An Inside Look at Passover
By: Rabbi Yitschak Rudomin

Shavuot (Pentecost) 2007

Festival of Receiving the Torah.
Shavuot begins late afternoon Tuesday May 22nd until Thursday night May 24th.

It All Adds Up - Or Does It?
Reflections on NYU's Jews At Shavuot
By: Rabbi Yitschak Rudomin

Tablet Tablet
Summer 2007

The Three Weeks ( July 3rd to July 24th) - Remembering the Siege of Jerusalem starts on:  Shiva Assar BeTammuz – Fast of Seventeenth Day of Tammuz, from before dawn on Tuesday  July 3rd  until Tuesday  night  July 3rd (half day fast).


Summer Fun and You, By: Rabbi Yitschak Rudomin

Fast of Tisha Beav 2007

Mourning the Destruction of the Two Jewish Temples in Jerusalem. From late afternoon Monday July 23rd  until Tuesday night July 24th. (Full day fast).


The Impossible Dream Of Accepting Suffering

Around The World In 500 Years:
From Spain to Israel via the U.S.A. (1492-1992)

By: Rabbi Yitschak Rudomin

Rosh Hashanah 2007 - The Jewish New Year
First day starts late Wednesday afternoon  September 12th  and the Second day ends Friday evening September 14th ( Followed by Shabbat Shuva which ends Saturday September 15th After nightfall)

Going Ape Over Rosh Hashanah: Thoughts About Mankind's Beginnings

"In The Beginning:" Adam & Eve - & You

By: Rabbi Yitschak Rudomin

Yom Kippur 2007 - Day of Atonement
From late Friday afternoon September 21st  until Saturday night September 22nd. (Full day fast.)
Sukkot -Tabernacles and Shemini Atzeret - Simchat Torah 2007
Festival of Booths recalling the Exodus from Egypt and Rejoicing over the Torah Law. Lulav and Etrog – The Four Species from Trees.
First days start from late afternoon Wednesday September 26th  until Friday night September 28th. Festival continues with Chol HaMoed –Intermediate Days until the final days of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah from late afternoon Wednesday October 3rd  until Friday  night October 5th ( followed by Shabbat Bereshit which ends on Saturday night October 6th) .

Warming Up For Winter: Party Lessons of the Holidays

By: Rabbi Yitschak Rudomin

Chanukah -Festival of Lights 2007
Victory over Greece and Hellenism and Rededication of the Second Temple.
First Chanukah light is lit on  Tuesday evening December 4th. Each night one more light is added and lit. The eighth and last are lit on Tuesday night  December 11th.

Untangling the Xmas-Chanukah Connection: Fighting Assimilation

By: Rabbi Yitschak Rudomin

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