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Despite lack of tradition, students describe Purim party at Stamp as huge success

By Char Freedberg News editor @CfreeOfficial This university’s Purim celebration was filled with the usual things one would find at a Purim celebration: food, noisemakers, an upbeat mood and costumes galore. The holiday celebrates one of many instances in Jewish history when someone tried to kill Jews but did not succeed. The STAMP ...

Purim falls over break, but spirit doesn’t break

By Yakira Cohen Features editor @CohenYakira Last year, junior philosophy major Mikey Pollack paraded around campus in a red cowboy hat and an army t-shirt to celebrate Purim. This year, he isn’t even sure if he will dress up. Although the holiday usually unites students in celebration, Purim will fall on the Thursday of spring break ...

Let the Hanukkah festivities begin!

By Nicole Wohlberg For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh   Tonight marks the first night of Hanukkah. Many programs are taking place to celebrate the holiday, such as the annual menorah lighting ceremony hosted by Chabad at Maryland in front of McKeldin Library. President Loh will be present at the event as well as SGA President Jonathan Allen, who ...

Is there a Jewish way to celebrate Thanksgiving?

By Hallie Kay For Mitzpeh @TheHallieKay   Thanksgiving, like other holidays, has traditions dating back many years. Jewish holidays typically have some sort of family or togetherness component, whether it be breaking the fast with family on Yom Kippur, or having a large family seder meal on Passover. Many Jewish students celebrate ...

For Jewish students who struggle to balance religious observances with school, September is a month of constant catch-up

By Chinonso Maduforo For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh   For the many Orthodox Jews at this university, September is not just holiday time: It’s also an intense game of catch-up. “It’s a ripple effect. You fall behind one day and then another day because the chagim all collapse into one month,” said Eleanna Weissman, a sophomore ...

Yom HaZikaron highlights differences between American, Israeli military culture

By Rachel Kalusin For the Mitzpeh @rkalusin Yom HaZikaron is the day of remembrance for the fallen soldiers and the victims of terror in Israel. This year the holiday is commemorated on the evening of April 30 through sundown tonight, May 1. Memorial Day serves the same purpose in the U.S., but the two holidays have more differences than ...

Over 25 students contribute to OU-JLIC UMD haggadah for Passover

By Asia Hester For the Mitzpeh @helloitsasia1 The Orthodox Union’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus’s second installment of this university’s haggadah, released Friday, features writings of UMD students that reflect and offer guidance as Passover begins on the evening of April 10. The idea for the Maryland haggadah originated from ...

Students juggle religious, scholastic commitments for Passover

By Tom Hart Staff writer @Mitzpeh An exodus is coming -- one lesser in scope and stress than the one Jewish students will be remembering on April 10, but the pressure is still on for some. Senior bioengineering major Ben Kaplan will be going back home to Baltimore for Passover at the start of the holiday. “It won’t be such a far ...

Hillel, Chabad offer Passover celebrations on campus

By Jamie Kerner For the Mitzpeh @JamieKerner_ Passover is an eight-day period filled with matzah and other flourless food. Families travel short and long distances to celebrate and eat at the seder table together. Because Passover starts during the school week this year, many students will not be returning home to their families for the holiday. ...

How well do you know the Jewish holiday Purim?

  With Purim coming up, we asked members of the University community what they knew about the holiday and why it may not be as well-known as others. Tom Hart/Mitzpeh