Holidays

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OU Women’s Initiative Launches Program for High Holidays

  The Orthodox Union’s (OU) Women’s Initiative has launched its virtual Yemei Ratzon program offering ideas and inspiration in preparation for the upcoming High Holidays. The program offers shiurim by world-renowned Torah scholars and a month-long learning series on Teshuvah, Tefillah, and Tzedakah.  The shiurim series features a series of lectures on Selichot night August…

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8 fun facts about Shavuot in Israel

  Shavuot begins the evening of May 16, 2021 Shavuot is a one-day holiday (two in the Diaspora) with many names, dozens of traditions and recipes galore. The hype surrounding the holiday – agricultural festivals at kibbutz and moshav communities, special lectures at synagogues and community centers, sales on everything white at shopping malls, cheaper…

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Passover 2021 – Here we go again

  The best-known quote from the Pesach Haggadah is, “why is this night different from all other nights?” Last year, this quote took on a whole new meaning with the onset of the pandemic and the realization that most of us would be having a virtual seder. This year, unless everyone in your group has…

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Historic matzah available in Portland

Bakeshop owner Kim Boyce will team up with Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer again this year to make matzah using a special recipe culled from the annals of the Spanish Inquisition. Called1503 Matzah, it is available for special order at Bakeshop in Portland. History of the recipe: In 1503 in Northern Spain, just like she did…