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  • The ironic ma nishtana

    By Marty Kaplan

    1 week ago

    There are two ma nishtanas – one adorable, and one ironic. 

    They both mean the same thing in Hebrew: “What is different?”  “What has changed?”

    The adorable one gets its charm from being sung by the youngest child at the Passover seder.  Ma nishtana starts the sentence setting...

  • Four questions of Miriam

    March 21, 2013 | 4:24 am

    The name “Miriam” stems from the Hebrew word for “bitter” (mar), and Miriam has every right to feel that way. 

    “Miriam who?” you might ask?

    My point exactly.

    I’m talking about the biblical Israelite heroine and prophetess, without whom Moses never would have been born and the...

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