Purim Again

Last evening we went to bed learning the horrifying news about massacres at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. This morning we learned 49 dead and 20 injured. No one should ever fear going to their house of worship. Our siddurim (prayer books) contain the following in the prayer for peace, “May we see the…


Hamantaschen go gourmet

PHOTO: Salted Carmel Hamantaschen Purim is one of the most exciting holidays on the Jewish calendar, yet its signature food hamantaschen is not. Triangle shaped and traditionally filled with uninspired flavors, it’s no wonder this pastry is frequently disappointing. Fortunately, pastry Chef Paula Shoyer is on a mission to transform hamantaschen from bland and boring…


Jews and Presidents Day

By Paul Finkelman Next week is Presidents Day, an amalgamated birthday celebration for two of our three greatest presidents: George Washington (Feb. 22, 1732) and Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12, 1809). We measure presidential greatness by combining challenges each leader faced and his successful resolutions. By this standard, both Washington and Lincoln are always numbered among…


Celebrate Shabbat at home

By Rabbi Jillian Cameron If you’re new to Judaism or looking to learn how to incorporate more Jewish practices into your life or how to share them with a loved one who is not Jewish, Shabbat is a great place to start. It’s the Jewish holiday that happens every week, encouraging you to take time…


“Bohemian Chanukah” celebrates festival of lights

Six13 recently released “Bohemian Chanukah,” a Queen cover, was (re)written to celebrate the festival of lights and pay homage to one of the greatest and most epic songs of all time. The video has amassed over 3.5 million views since its release last week. You can view the video on YouTube: Anchored by a strong Jewish identity and driven…


Getting Hanukkah to go

By Ben Coleman Portland Mercury Hanukkah can be a lonely holiday in Portland, especially when it gets cold and dark and you don’t see candles lighting many windows. We’re far, far away from the traditional bastions of cultural Judaism, and perhaps more importantly, their wide selection of delis. In Portland, I’ve mainly experienced Jewish tradition…

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