Get latest articles and videos with Jewish
inspiration and insights
Suddenly I woke up on a different planet.
They have wealth equal to half the population. It's a striking statistic but it's also irrelevant.
In a miff? Sometimes all you have to do is look up.
Building a country of courage, democracy and values.
Cutting edge technology is unearthing fascinating new evidence regarding the Jews of Vilna.
Neo-Nazis are planning a march against Jews in a small Montana town. Here's what you can do about it.
Aish.com talks with Ahmed Khalifa who courageously pursued and help arrest the attacker of a Jewish woman on a NY subway.
Is average beautiful?
Discovering my mother’s favorite adage isn’t true.
Harvey S. Hecker Character Development Series: Avoiding the damaging spiral of jealousy and frustration.
A South African representative offered my mother, a war refugee, a ticket to freedom. “You’re white. That makes you a first class citizen.”
I have begun to see your life through the prism of Asperger's and my frustration is slowly transforming into understanding.
Nurturing optimism in yourself and your family.
You? Exercise? At 5:30 AM? This will last maybe three days.
Lessons from playing Foosball with my grandson.
I’m just not sure if this feels right. What should I do?
Practical tips to keep going when there’s no prospect in sight.
How one difficult conversation changed a woman’s life.
Striking a balance between this temporal world and the eternal afterlife.
Israel's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs explains the historical facts relating to the Israeli Palestinian conflict.
How the media is destroying our self image and what we can do about it.
Practical and relevant insights on the weekly parsha.
Advanced-level midrashic and Kabbalistic illuminations on the weekly parsha.
Lessons, stories and discussion questions for parents and kids.
6 lessons in honor of Tu B’Shvat, the birthday of the trees.
Everything you need to know about the Jewish holiday. Share with your family and friends.
On Tu B'Shvat, you can ponder a world-full of fruits for hours.
Like the trees in the depth of winter, we have the power to emerge from darkness and blossom.
Don’t resort to Fiddlerization or Yentl-ication.
When exactly did challah turn into dessert?
See what happens when we asked members of the public in Camden Town, London to pronounce some long-winded Jewish words.
An Israeli soldier faces a moral dilemma that threatens his dream of getting into an elite combat unit.
Incredible video how an independent art project is changing the face of Jerusalem.
Taking responsibility for the environment. A message for Tu B'shvat.
May 11, 2014 8:40 PM
You are definetly wrong about it being a "Hallmark Holiday"
It was invented by a woman BEFORE Hallmark. It is a holiday that isn't just "for presents", it is to honor the Mother. You have a holiday to honor "trees" but not a Jewish Mother? You have a holiday of Yom Kippur to ask G-d forgiveness for sins WHEN YOU SHOULD BE DOING THAT EVERY DAY!!!!! I feel that Lori does NOT understand Mothers Day, who says that doing things for your mom or getting something for her on that day is wrong? I not only honored my Mother of Mothers Day when my mom was alive, but I also honored my grandmother when she was alive. You do not have this holiday because the Rabbis did not make it a holiday.
May 9, 2013 4:34 PM
I agree, up to a point
I agree that most of these "holidays" have been commercialized. But it is still nice to be remembered, and one can always choose to just go with the rememberance, and skip the overspending.As far as Anonymous's comment that some children lost their parents, that is ridiculous. That is like saying one should not get married, because another person has no Kallah yet. Life goes on, and we can all live it the way we choose. And yes, some people will be in pain, but that is life. We have to stop this political correctness. It is a disaster.
May 9, 2013 3:52 PM
Oy, vey, where do I start?
First, Mother's Day and Father's Day were established as national holidays in 1914 and 1972, respectively, through intense grass-roots efforts by private citizens of faith wanting to declare publicly the worth of mothers and fathers, not Hallmark. (Read the history, it's beautiful, especially Father's Day which took a century to have declared!) Valentine's Day is a Christian holy day that has been stripped of religious meaning and adopted by a secular world. Secretaries' Day is essentially a commercial creation, but not a horribly intentioned one. These shouldn't all be lumped together just to make a point. Second, yes, they've been commercialized. Hasn't every holiday, Jewish ones included? I'm not going to attack Hallmark, etc., over this. If you don't think it's appropriate, don't buy it; they don't force you to buy it. Finally, most importantly: we need to show our love and appreciation to Hashem every day. But there are times during the year that Hashem wants us to show it even more and publicly - the Shalosh Regalim, and especially Atzeret! Setting aside a day to PUBLICLY proclaim our love and appreciation for our mothers and then our fathers is not antithetical to Judaism, it's a logical extension of it. For aren't mothers and fathers partners with Hashem? And Hashem gets so many public declarations of love- let's give Mom and Dad (Ima and Abba, Mommy and Tati, however you call them) of them a day of public recognition as well!
May 6, 2013 5:42 PM
Re: Mother's Day & Father's Day. I really detest the heavy advertising and all of the pressure to consume. What about the child (of any age) who has lost a parent? On those days that child (of any age) is being painfully reminded of his/her loss. We need to appreciate our loved ones every day. Re: Secretaries Day. That is merely an excuse for not paying a secretary/administrative assistant what she is worth. (Yes, I realize men do these jobs also, but this field is mostly dominated by women.) Thank you for reminding us of this important lesson! On an unrelated note, I thank you once again for providing close captioning. It is most appreciated!!
Display my name?
Your email address is kept private. Our editor needs it in case we have a question about your comment.