Category Archives: Holydays

Halachic Issues in Arranging a Shidduch

Because of the rash of ill-founded attempts online to hook up Jews, like JDate, JMatch, JewishMate, Jtrue, JewHarmony, Heebhookup, Sawyouatsinaitemple, Mustlovekugel, JShtup, JewishAdultFriendFinder, HotYiddishMaidel, MarryForMoney, SemiticSex, and many many more,…

Preparing for Purim in Socal

The Wikipedia entry on Purim Torah is slowly gathering some momentum, finishing first in google searches. There are download links to all of my Purim Torah booklets, including the now…

Midrash of Hanukkah Rocks: Volume 2

Two years ago I published the first of two volumes of my own commentary on one of the most important commentaries on Jewish life in America that was sadly flying…

Alice’s Restaurant Massacre

Lyrics as reprinted in This is the Arlo Guthrie Songbook, New York, NY, 1969, pp. 91-95. Additional lyrics (chorus) from Digital Tradition (file name: ALICREST) © 1966, 1967, 1969 Appleseed…

PRESIDENT LINCOLN’S THANKSGIVING DAY PROCLAMATION, OCTOBER 3, 1863

Thanksgiving was first celebrated by the settlers at Plymouth in the Massachusetts colony in 1621 under the leadership of Governor William Bradford. Washington and Madison each issued a Thanksgiving proclamation…

How to live in a Sukkah

Harvest festivals are always fun, and Sukkot creates not just a time to celebrate, but a place. Sukkot is a place in time and time in place. The holiday of…