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  • Bringing new questions to the seder table

    April 2, 2015 | 1:57 pm

    With Passover upon us, an almost universal association with the biblically based holiday is the reciting of the four questions, commonly chanted by the youngest person seated at the seder table. Our tradition has long emphasized the importance of asking good, probing questions. The...

  • Pharoah said ‘no.’ You won’t believe what God did next.

    By Marty Kaplan

    April 2, 2015 | 12:22 pm

    Once, at our seder, our friend Ira gave a running commentary on the haggadah, offering a scientific explanation for every miracle and wonder in the Exodus story.    

    The parting of the Reed Sea was a meteorological event. The burning bush was a glowing carbonized acacia bramble...

  • Preserving Yiddish in the seder

    By Avishay Artsy

    April 1, 2015 | 4:41 pm

    Nowadays, it’s rare to find a Passover seder that doesn’t deviate from the traditional haggadah. But the Erev Shabbos Discussion Group, formed in the San Fernando Valley about 50 years ago, has been doing it its own way for decades — keeping the story secular, social...

  • Easy floral arrangements for your Passover table

    By Jonathan Fong

    March 25, 2015 | 2:33 pm

    You’ve been cooking for days. You got the good dishes out of storage. The silver is polished. And in the midst of getting all the preparations ready for the big seder dinner, the last thing you probably want to think about is a floral centerpiece. 

    The reality is, centerpieces...

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

    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...

  • Make your Seder pop

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    April 2, 2014 | 3:08 pm

    Every year, millions of men, women and children gather at the seder table and read from the haggadah in what seem to be a million different ways.

    Some use the familiar Maxwell House version; others find the Four Questions in “The Family Haggadah.” Recent years have offered...

  • Iraqi-American Jews oppose planned return of Jewish artifacts

    By Jared Sichel

    November 13, 2013 | 4:09 pm

    The last remnants of Iraq’s once-vibrant, 2,500-year-old Jewish community left that country long ago. (Only five Jews remain, according to a recent New York Times op-ed.) But some Iraqi Jewish manuscripts, community records and holy books may soon be sent back from the United...

  • What am I a Slave to?

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 29, 2013 | 1:18 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    I hope everyone’s Seders were fulfilling—spiritually, emotionally and gastronomically! As I went through the Haggadah, I was struck by how many of us don’t take seriously the line: B’Chol Dor V’dor…. In every generation, each person is obligated to see...

  • Should Israel fear “the king which knew not Josef?”

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 27, 2013 | 12:25 pm

    As Passover lays upon us, I asked Adi Grady, a teaching and research assistant in Tel- Aviv University’s Political Science department, and a Political Science grad student, to write a little bit about Israel, Egypt, and recent years. Here's an analysis of Israel-Egypt relations,...

  • Nachshon Ben Aminadav - A Hero For All Times

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 22, 2013 | 6:10 am

    Nothing in the Seder is as it appears. Each symbol, midrash, vignette, poem, and song evokes layers of meaning that help fashion the Jewish heart, mind and soul. The Seder carries such deep religious, cultural, moral, historical, and political significance that Passover is among...

  • Pesach without wine

    March 21, 2013 | 3:23 am

    How can we have Passover without wine? This is a question that is asked of me each year as Passover approaches. I always answer that the blessing is over the fruit of the vine and grape juice is perfectly acceptable. I then ask a different set of questions.

    Passover is the...

  • From L.A., following the Egyptian signs to the Red Sea

    March 11, 2013 | 11:21 am

    If the Passover haggadah seems like hieroglyphics to you, it could be a good thing.

    Though the Israelites left Egypt presumably to escape the ankhs and eyes of Horus of the ancient written language, recently I discovered that hieroglyphics -- a system of pictorial characters --...

  • Chocolate shakes up the seder ritual

    March 11, 2013 | 10:55 am

    Rabbi Adam Schaffer, who's been leading chocolate seders since he edited a chocolate seder haggadah in 1996, acknowledges that “people often do feel ill” from all the chocolate.

    Still, Schaffer, the religious school director at Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills, Calif., says he was...

  • New haggadahs: Edgar Bronfman’s and an interactive version for kids

    March 11, 2013 | 9:24 am

    Francine Hermelin Levite and Edgar Bronfman have been using unique versions of the Passover Haggadah for years. Now both have decided to publish their versions of the Exodus story.

    Hermelin Levite, 43, the mother of three school-aged children, is the author of “My Haggadah: Made...

  • In Every Generation: Remaking The Szyk Haggadah [VIDEO]

    By Jared Baker

    May 16, 2012 | 10:25 am

    From Historicana:

    Shalom Sabar at the Library of Congress: The Washington Haggadah and The Szyk Haggadah.

    This video is a portion of the documentary film, “In Every Generation: Remaking The Szyk Haggadah (Historicana and JKR Productions, 2008), directed by Emmy-nominated Jim Ruxin....

  • The mitzvah of maror

    April 4, 2012 | 11:53 am

    “The most unfortunate thing that happens to a person who fears failure is that he limits himself by becoming afraid to try anything new.”

    Last year, while attending a seder on the first night of Passover, three words in the haggadah caught my eye. Now we partake of the...

  • Coming to a seder near you: A haggadah on your iPad

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 4, 2012 | 11:10 am

    This Passover, Jews can still reliably be called “the people of the book.”

    If sales of newly published versions of the haggadah are any indication, on the first night of Passover, when it comes time to tell the story of the Exodus, most people sitting at seder tables will be...

  • My family’s Karaite-style Passover

    April 4, 2012 | 10:43 am

    Never mind the gefilte fish and brisket, the mass-produced, cardboard-like matzah and the kosher-for-Passover wine. Instead, Passover seder at my parents’ Karaite Jewish home includes a mouth-watering menu of barbecued lamb chops, crisp homemade matzah, sweet raisin juice and chewy...

  • DIYers take on Pesach

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    April 4, 2012 | 10:32 am

    At first glance, it’s hard to tell if Eileen Levinson’s Alternative Seder Plate is deeply thoughtful or merely playful. Or perhaps just coolly irreverent.

    Levinson adapted her Alternative Seder Plate concept to design the cover of this newspaper this week. In its original, her...

  • April 3, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 3, 2012 | 3:47 am

    The Very Model of a ‎Modern Muslim Brother

    Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal takes a look at Khairat Al Shater, the Muslim ‎Brotherhood’s candidate for president, who he says has been embraced by the Obama ‎administration. ‎

    Mr. Shater noted that the killing of...

  • The last night in Egypt: Reliving the Exodus

    March 30, 2012 | 11:29 am

    The Passover Haggadah challenges us not just to remember the pain of slavery and the joy of freedom, but to relive the journey from one state to the other: “In each generation, every individual should feel as though he or she had gone out of Egypt.” How can we achieve that?

    The...

  • Jonathan Foer’s ‘New American Haggadah’:  Extremely unsurprising and incredibly similar

    By Tom Teicholz

    March 29, 2012 | 4:46 pm

    The haggadah, the user’s manual to the Passover seder, might be the world’s oldest annually practiced ritual, and the story of the Jews’ freedom from slavery in Egypt is, Jonathan Safran Foer said recently, “the best-known greatest continuously read story” in book form. And...

  • New Haggadahs: Reform version, novelists’ take and Ethiopian flavor

    March 28, 2012 | 2:49 pm

    Leading a seder for the first time this year? There’s an app for that.

    Entries in the annual stream of new Haggadahs this year include a Reform version that comes in hardcover, paperback and iPad app editions. Two others feature a gorgeously designed Haggadah that features an...

  • Safran Foer’s New American Haggadah out of stock across web [UPDATED]

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 20, 2012 | 10:37 pm

    Update: An editor at Little, Brown, the publisher of The New American Haggadah, emailed me today to say that, although the first print run “quickly” sold out, the haggadah should (thanks to “two large reprints”) be back on virtual and actual shelves in time for Passover. So fret not....

  • Poet’s Haggadah story

    April 13, 2011 | 5:52 pm

    Every year at Passover, families around the world pull out their Haggadahs for their Seders, and whether they use a traditional text, a modern one, or even Maxwell House, the story and the words remain largely the same.  But one man, Rick Lupert, saw an opportunity to do something...

  • Bring something new to the table

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    April 5, 2011 | 7:01 pm

    A Passover haggadah is something like an article of clothing — a great many styles and sizes are available, it can be tailored to suit one’s own needs and tastes, and we can always make one of our own. The readings and rituals, stories and songs that decorate the observance of...

  • The Shoah, Beit T’Shuvah, Clinton, Raphe and Szyk

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The Shoah

    How incredibly written was The Jewish Journal editorial ("Genocide 2.0," May 2).
  • Briefs: Some West Bank settlers would agree to leave, Israel OKs Palestinian police stations

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Some West Bank Settlers Would Leave If Offered Government Support, Poll Finds

    Approximately one in five Israelis living east of the West Bank security fence would leave if offered government support, a poll found. According to an internal government study, whose results were leaked...

  • Set a place for Shatner at the seder

    By Tom Teicholz

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    William Shatner is God. And Pharaoh. And Moses, too.

    Just in time for Passover, the Jewish Music Group (a division of Shout Factory) has released "Exodus: An Oratorio in Three Parts," performed by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. It is conducted by David Itkin, who created and...

  • The classic Szyk haggadah becomes a modern masterpiece of the digital age

    By Tom Tugend

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    There's a 1,000-year-old haggadah, there's an Internet haggadah, and now there is a new $15,000 Arthur Szyk Haggadah.

    Szyk (pronounced Shick) was a Jew, a Pole, an American, and always an artist, whose brilliant paintings and cartoons could give new life to ancient traditions or...

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