Tag: Holidays

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    Tibetan Buddhists celebrated their New Year, called Losar, with traditional services of prayer and purification, sending positive energy into the world, they hope, to help bring about peace. More

    February 18, 2005 | Comments

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    Read excerpts from LUMINOUS ART: HANUKKAH MENORAHS OF THE JEWISH MUSEUM by Susan L. Braunstein and an excerpt about Hanukkah lights from THE BOOK OF CUSTOMS: A COMPLETE HANDBOOK FOR THE JEWISH YEAR by Scott-Martin Kosofsky. More

    December 3, 2004 | Comments

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    We talk about the Jewish High Holidays with a hazzan, also known as a cantor, who leads a congregation in sung prayer. More

    September 10, 2004 | Comments

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    “Every single food on the Passover Seder plate has a dual symbolism,” says cookbook author Joan Nathan who explains the meaning behind some of the foods of the Seder. More

    April 2, 2004 | Comments

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    Many of the best known Christmas traditions were actually adapted from pagan practices and given new Christian meanings. More

    December 19, 2003 | Comments

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    Christians say the 2,000-year-old Easter themes of suffering, redemption, and hope have enduring meaning. Author and ordained Presbyterian minister Frederick Buechner says he finds great reassurance in those beliefs, especially during a time of war and uncertainty. More

    April 18, 2003 | Comments

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    Susan Braunstein, Curator of Archaeology and Judaica at the Jewish Museum of New York, explains the traditions of Hanukkah. More

    November 22, 2002 | Comments

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    “Repentance, prayer, and charity are the hallmark[s] of this season,” says Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor, “We search our souls and then we pour out our souls to God, saying, ‘God help us, give us the strength to be the kind of people that we want to be.’” More

    September 13, 2002 | Comments

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    “The freedom that is so important in the Passover story, in the Haggadah, is something that doesn’t belong to a specific time period 3,000 years ago…There’s a fresh message available to be garnered from the Passover story no matter when or who is looking at it,” says David Wachtel of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. More

    March 22, 2002 | Comments

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    For Tibetan Buddhists, the new year is celebrated with dancing, and R & E sat in as members of the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Washington, D.C. performed. Our guide was Geshe Lobsang Tenzin, who spoke of the power of negative and positive energy, and about the legends associated with snow lions and the Black Hat Masters. More

    February 8, 2002 | Comments

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