Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

7 October 2014. Sukkot Starts Tomorrow at Sundown

00.02a Sukkot. Ulyanovsk

Sukkah in Ulyanovsk

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It’s Jewish holiday time again. During Sukkot, a week-long holiday, many observant Jews are especially keen on hospitality. If you get an invite… go! This is one of their “fun” holidays. To my friends keeping festival… sing and dance with joy (for Sukkot is a joyful time, even though it reflects on the serious side of life). Keep the faith…

BMD

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Happy Jewish New Year 5775… Tizku Leshanim Rabbot! Ne’imot VeTovot!

01 Jewish Year 5772 VOR 10

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01 Rosh ha-Shana 5

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01 Rosh ha-Shana 3

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Tizku Leshanim Rabbot (“may you merit many years”), is the formal Sephardi greeting, to which one answers, Ne’imot VeTovot (“pleasant and good ones”). That’s a good place to start. To all of my friends keeping the holiday… my good wishes… MANY YEARS! Keep the faith…

BMD

Thursday, 12 June 2014

1 June was International Children’s Day!

00 international children's day. Krasnoyarsk. 12.06.14

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People taking part in the Ninth “Childhood City” carnival in central Krasnoyarsk on 1 June 2014. Thousands of children, their relatives, and teachers took part in the procession to demonstrate suits, styles, dances, and folklore of different regions of the world on International Children’s Day.

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00 international children's day. Moscow 01. 12.06.14

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00 international children's day. Moscow 02. 12.06.14

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In Moscow, the KPRF organised fun for kids from orphanages, children from poor families, and disabled kids. Y’know, those Reds gave the kids… CANDY (I hope that they gave out “Birds’ Milk”… that’s GOOD EATS)! I’d be glad to stand with such decent folks any day of the week. Call me a “commie”… that’s OK… it means that I give a shit and that I “wanna” do good.

This is an old-school Red holiday that refused to die out. Good on the folks who kept such sweet (literally) Sov traditions alive.

BMD

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

29 April 2014. The Easter Feast is STILL Rollin’ On!

00 Easter Foods. 28.04.14

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The Easter Feast is still rollin’ on! It’s gonna go on STRONG until Pentecost… 8 June. That is, we have all of May and the first week of June as a festive season. Feast ye BOUNTEOUSLY. We’re Christians… that’s what we do!

BMD

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