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Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Yahrtzeit and Martin Luther King Jr. Day–Jan 16, 2017

    The Jewish world was abuzz when the first day of Hanukkah coincides with Thanksgiving, as it did a few years ago, or with Christmas as it did this year. In truth though, the alignment of various dates in … Continue reading

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Language, authority, tradition and memory and the themes of the modern Fast of Tevet Seth Ward—EDOS—31 December 2011 ה טבת תשע”ב  

Edited and enhanced January 6 2017    Five Events for the Tenth of Tevet (Parallel to Massechet Taanit regarding 5 events of 17th or Tamuz amd 9th of Av)   The Siege of Jerusalem, The Fast of the Faulty Translation, … Continue reading

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On Translation, the Fasts of Tevet, the “December Dilemma,” and the Hebrew Language

Some thoughts on reviewing an essay I wrote back in 2002 about Asarah b’Tevet Seth Ward I posted this essay two days ago, as I wanted it to be posted before the Tenth of Tevet. I realized later that there … Continue reading

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Postings for Hanukkah

https://wordsprograms.wordpress.com/2016/12/29/hanukkah-booklet/ This is a posting with two versions of a Hanukkah Booklet. The first has two very short essays about dreidels, latkes and doughnuts, and about the “Daughters’ Festival” (עיד אלבנאת –חג הבנותId al-banat, or Chag ha-banot). The second variant … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Torah

Thanksgiving Values—Dr. Seth Ward—Nov. 2016. From time to time Thanksgiving has provided an opportunity to study various perspectives of Thanksgiving from Biblical and Jewish traditions. This brief study guide is adapted from my classes reading Hebrew and what I now … Continue reading

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Address for Tisha BeAv

The Kavod Jewish Chapel (formerly known as Allied Jewish Chapel) has sponsored a Tish’a BeAv service from time to time. This year, and last, it was on Sunday afternoon and included readings from Lamentations and the Haftarah. Poems and responses … Continue reading

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A response to a question about a Missionary in Israel, preaching to Jews about the Suffering Servant passage in Isaiah.

A friend who is a local Pastor sometimes asks me questions about Hebrew or biblical texts. I am honored to discuss these issues with him; and even more honored when I hear, from time to time, that my responses have … Continue reading

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