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Jul 3 2012

Happy Fourth of July! See You Thursday

By at 4:27 pm

Tomorrow is the Fourth of July, which means the Kveller office will be closed on account of all the fireworks and barbecues and crazy patriotic desserts we must attend to. For those of you who don’t live in America, we apologize for the inconvenience, but encourage you to eat a hot dog, nevertheless.

We hope everyone has a safe and fun holiday and meets us back here bright and early on Thursday!

Jul 1 2011

Friday Night: Independence Day Shabbat

By at 10:49 am

There are days when I find myself walking down the street singing that Lee Greenwood song that came out right after 9/11: “Well I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died who gave that right to me…” And then I think, really? Do I really remember those who died so that I could have freedom of religion, of choice, of deciding which color stroller my kid needs?

But recently a colleague showed me a website that was created to bring a moment of thought into our American holidays and remind us what they’re all about. It’s called Freedom’s Feast. They have a few brief readings for holidays from the 4th of July to Labor Day to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. And though they might sometimes be a bit cheesy, even just reading them reminded me that the 4th of July is about more than just fireworks and barbecues. So as I approach the Shabbat of the 4th of July, I am proud to be an American, and proud to be a Jew too.

(Did you know that Irving Berlin wrote God Bless America? He also wrote White Christmas, but that’s beside the point.)

Shabbat Shalom!


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