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.
Every year, congregations read out the names of the 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust. A theater performance reminds Abigail Pogrebin that survivors aren’t defined by that one experience.
Tonight, for Yom HaShoah, Abigail Pogrebin will go to a Manhattan synagogue and read aloud the names of strangers. It’s one way she struggles to honor the Holocaust.
Abigail Pogrebin grew up attending the ‘original’ Feminist Seder with luminaries like Gloria Steinem and Bella Abzug. Invited back to the 40th Seder, she went to revisit a Passover tradition.
There’s no excuse for a boring Seder — the story is too dramatic. So, why do Jews breeze through the service every year? Abigail Pogrebin offers a guide to making Passover memorable for all.
Thanks to Rabbi Burt Visotzky for sending this great track from Girls in Trouble.