The Piyyut (Poem) Akdamut Milin: The Enigma and Perseverance of Tradition

In this article, that originally appeared at http://thetorah.com/akdamut-milin/, Duke Professor Laura Lieber gives a fascinating historical account of the famous and enigmatic piyyut—liturgical poem or hymn—of the Shavuot festival, Akdamut Milin. Listen to the Poem here אקדמות מלין ושריות שותא אולא שקלנא חרמן ורשותא “An introduction of words and a beginning of speech: From the…

An American Hanukkah

Hanukkah for us has become the Jewish Christmas, as Jews replicate the gift giving and seasonal cheer that mark the Yuletide holiday. Indeed, the public display of Christmas trees is legitimatized if a Hanukkiah is placed beside it.  Holiday choirs add a dreidel song to their repertoire of carols. Yet, in memoirs and oral histories…

Jewish Film Festivals!

Both the Triad and Charlotte are hosting Jewish Film Festivals beginning Feb. 25, 2012. In other parts of the state, synagogues and JCC’s also frequently offer film showings. Be sure to check them out the Triad and Charlotte as this year some great films will be shown. The Triad For more information Charlotte For more…