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Am I an e-slave?

By Rabbi David Wolpe

April 9, 2014 | 1:30 pm

I am not the right person to preach on electronic servitude, given my tons of incoming mail and messages and a touch of OCD. As I’m writing this, in between tweets and Facebook updates, I... read full article

  • One man’s mission to end modern slavery

    By Jared Sichel

    April 9, 2014 | 12:39 pm

    Aaron Cohen resists the label “slave hunter.” It smacks of Civil War-era racism, the name used for people who tracked down runaway slaves and returned them to their owners. They were the bad guys in a very dark time, as Cohen wrote in his 2009 memoir, “Slave Hunter: One Man’s...

  • Uncomfortable seder table talk

    by Melanie Notkin, JTA

    April 9, 2014 | 12:22 pm

    We had just closed our haggadahs to begin the dinner portion of the Passover seder when the conversation abruptly, yet not surprisingly, turned to my singlehood.

    There is a curiosity to some about a single, childless woman in her early 40s, and a guest at the table, a married...

  • A survivor’s Passover tale

    by Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    April 9, 2014 | 12:06 pm

    I learned about Passover from my parents, from my teachers, but most of all from my uncle, Henry Kolber. The Nazis took Uncle Henry from his village in Poland at the very beginning of the war. For more than five years, he survived Nazi captivity. He was young. He was strong. He was...

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  • Bringing handmade, organic trends to making matzah

    by Talia Levin, JTA

    April 9, 2014 | 11:53 am

    In their small farmhouse bakery in Vermont, Doug Freilich and Julie Sperling work round the clock producing matzah during the period preceding Passover — a matzah that feels ancient and modern at once. 

    Using a mix of grains they grow on their own farm and wheat sourced from...

  • Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis: What do we owe the stranger?

    By Susan Freudenheim

    April 9, 2014 | 11:42 am

    Thirty-six times the Torah talks about caring for the stranger,” Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis said. 

    “That is so unusual. It doesn’t talk about the love of God 36 times!” 

    A student of two of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century — Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan and Martin Buber —...

  • What makes this book different from (most) other books?

    by Darcy Vebber

    April 9, 2014 | 11:23 am

    Maybe it is appropriate that books created by the People of the Book are just as complex and varied as the people themselves. Our Torah contains multiple versions of the same stories. In the Talmud, interactive commentaries spiral out from original texts. Our prayer books feature...

  • From Alsatian town, France’s oldest matzah-maker sells to the world

    by Toni L. Kamins, JTA

    April 8, 2014 | 8:46 am

    For most Jews, matzah season comes once a year. But for Jean-Claude Neymann, matzah, or “pain azyme” in French, is a defining family tradition.

    Neymann runs the oldest matzah bakery in France, located in the town of Wasselonne near the German border. The family company,...

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