After a year of living according the the Jewish calendar, Abigail Pogrebin is filled with awe at the meaningfulness of holidays and rituals she once thought were pointless. But she ain’t in a hurry to fast six times again.
On Tisha B’Av, Abigail Pogrebin wilted during a daylong fast mourning the destruction of the temples. But she learned a precious lesson about the dangers of turning on one’s own people.
Tisha B’Av is always challenging: no food, no water, no sex, no deodorant. But maybe, Abigail Pogrebin writes, the sacrifice is worth it if we can mourn together the pain and loss of the past year.
Abigail Pogrebin has already endured a summer of sadness over the Charleston racial attack — and a friend’s sudden cancer diagnosis. Can an ancient and often-overlooked fast salve the wounds?
Abigail Pogrebin asks if we can said aside the debate about whether it’s kosher to include non-Torah discussions on Shavuot to celebrate the vitality of 3,400 gathering to mark the holiday in Manhattan.
Abigail Pogrebin admits she was never great at pulling all-nighters in college. But she’s going to stay up late on Saturday to study and celebrate the Torah on Shavuot.
With so many Jewish festivals oriented to healing the world, Abigail Pogrebin attended a Shabbat dinner run by recent college graduates who are devoting a year to vanquishing poverty.
What meaning does the elusive holiday of L’ag B’Omer have for us? Abigail Pogrebin writes it’s a holiday that celebrates respect for fellow Jews, a quality that can be in short supply these days.
How can Israel’s independence day be a celebration for both those who agree and disagree with the Jewish state’s government of the day? Abigail Pogrebin goes to an inspiring Yom Ha’atzmaut event to find out.
Israel’s Memorial Day is immediately followed by Independence Day. Abigail Pogrebin reflects on how often Jews lament and revel in close proximity – sometimes within 24 hours.