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.
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.