The very first Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) was declared in Israel on the 12th of May, 1968. That was the date that coincided with the 28th of Iyar, the one-year anniversary when Israeli troops liberated East Jerusalem and reunited the city for the first time since 1948.
It was also an important cultural date in the United States and elsewhere around the world. It was Mother’s Day.
A divided Jerusalem...
By DANIELLE AMES SPIVAK
(JNS.org) Last month in The New York Times, author Claire Cain Miller identified how our ever-changing economy is beginning to present new challenges to women in the workplace.
As a mother to three children, a wife to a very busy plastic surgeon, and executive director of the nonprofit American Friends of Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (AFIPO), I experience these challenges every day.
Even now, as I sit here writing this piece on...
By JOSEPH H. PROUSER
Parshat Kedoshim, the weekly Torah Portion to be read on the eve of Mothers Day 2019, includes Leviticus 19:3 – “You shall each revere your mother and father.” Ibn Ezra explains the order in which our parents are here mentioned as signifying that the bond between infant and mother is our very first human relationship… preceding even the ability to recognize one’s father.
From our mothers...
By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF
Mothers, raising kids is no picnic. That is not news. Besieged parents need all the help they can get. So let me suggest we might benefit from a counseling session with a 17th century matron – a prodigious mother named Gluckel of Hameln (with that name you gotta be good). Does the city sound familiar? It should. It’s Hamelin of Pied Piper...
By ALAN SMASON
This is the 102nd official Mother’s Day celebration in the United States. But how many know how this holiday came about?
The earliest Mother’s Day celebrations can be traced back to the spring celebrations of ancient Greece in honor of Rhea, the Mother of the Gods. During the 1600’s, England celebrated a day called “Mothering Sunday.” Celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, “Mothering Sunday” honored the...
By EDMON J. RODMAN
LOS ANGELES (JTA) — What gifts do our mothers give us?
Not the kind we see in the mirror. Like me, you’ve probably already accounted for where your eye color, nose shape and eyebrows that seem too close to each other come from.
I’m talking inner gifts, those money can’t buy — our proclivities, opinions and even character traits, called middot in Hebrew.
One year on Mother’s...