Celebrate

Fast Days: Synagogue Laws & Customs

Fast days are acknowledged in the synagogue liturgy.

Fast Days for Repentance & Atonement

The Jewish calendar has a number of such days in addition to Yom Kippur.

The Ketubah: Evolutions in the Jewish Marriage Contract

Once a protection for women, the traditional ketubah has been critiqued by liberal Jews on several grounds.

After the Wedding Ceremony

After the wedding, bride and groom retreat to a seclusion room, rejoin their guests for a festive meal, and then celebrate with friends and family for the next seven days.

The Fast of the First Born

This pre-Passover fast applies to a select few.

Shabbat Hazon & Shabbat Nahamu

The Sabbaths before and after Tisha B'Av provide a message of comfort and consolation.

The Meaning of Jewish Holidays

Why are Jewish holidays different from all other holidays?

A Day of Disaster

Many calamitous events are said to have occurred on Tisha B'Av.

Tisha B’Av History

The tragic events commemorated on this day of fasting and mourning.

Holocaust Observances

Holocaust commemorations have--and should have--some common elements.

Early Proposals for Holocaust Commemoration

Would Yom haShoah be associated with other tragedies, connected to heroism--or stand on its own?

Setting a Date for Yom Hashoah

After much debate, a compromise date--satisfactory to none--is chosen.