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Jewish Holidays

E.M. Broner

E.M. Broner, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, is the author of ten books, including The Women's Haggadah; Weave of Women; The Telling: The Story of a Group of Jewish Women Who Journey to Spirituality through Community and Ceremony; and Mornings and Mourning: A Kaddish Journal.

Magda Altman Schaloum

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Magda Altman Schaloum.
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Magda Altman Schaloum.

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Magda Altman Schaloum

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Magda Altman Schaloum.
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Magda Altman Schaloum.

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A Chopping Knife and a Wooden Spoon

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A chopping knife and a wooden spoon owned by Alice Abrams Siegal's grandmother.

Loaned by Alice Abrams Siegal.

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A chopping knife and a wooden spoon owned by Alice Abrams Siegal's grandmother.

Loaned by Alice Abrams Siegal.

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Everything (detail) by Bonnie Lee Holland

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Mixed media, paint, board Painting in five sections 4' x 12' x 2' Photograph: Paul Elbo Table courtesy of Jo McLaughlin Silverware courtesy of Marianne Ross photograph: Benjamin Holland-Arlen
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Mixed media, paint, board
Painting in five sections
4' x 12' x 2'
Photograph: Paul Elbo
Table courtesy of Jo McLaughlin
Silverware courtesy of Marianne Ross
photograph: Benjamin Holland-Arlen

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Ruth Weisberg

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Artist and Professor Ruth Weisberg.
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Artist and Professor Ruth Weisberg.

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Kim Chernin

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Kim Chernin.
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Catching Fire this Hanukkah

I cannot walk out of my house (or open my laptop) without being bombarded with suggestions for Hanukkah (this year, often Thanksgivukkah) merchandise. (Ironically, I am simultaneously presented with ads for “Catching Fire” themed goods, in contrast to the movie’s message.) The Hanukkah narrative has the power to be subversive; it is a story of a minority making themselves heard, of an oppressed group claiming their rights. When those of us who are privileged to be able to buy gifts (and menurkeys) focus on the commercial elements of the holiday at the expense of the holiday’s story, we create a bubble like the Capitol. Hanukkah should be a call to remind us that we should be the districts, not the Capitol; our power should be channeled into fighting injustice, not simply consuming what is provided to us.

Editors note: If you haven’t read The Hunger Games (or seen the movies), you’ll be safe from any major spoilers in this post from one of our Rising Voices Fellows. Be sure to check the JWA blog each Tuesday for a new post from our fellows—and check out the great educational resources provided by our partner organization, Prozdor.

"Catching Fire" Movie Poster

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire movie poster. The subtitle reads "Every revolution begins with a spark."

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire movie poster. The subtitle reads "Every revolution begins with a spark."

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E.M. Broner

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Activist, writer, and playwright E.M. Broner (1927–2011).

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Jewish Holidays." (Viewed on April 29, 2016) <http://jwa.org/topics/jewish-holidays>.

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