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  • Moving and Shaking: Downtown Seder, JQ Int’l gala, Max Spivak named VP, Dr. Ludmila Bess honored

    By Ryan Torok

    April 18, 2014 | 11:16 am

    Song, dance and lots of learning marked the Pico Union Project’s Downtown Seder, the second annual pre-Passover celebration by music producer Craig Taubman’s interfaith organization.

    The April 6 event, at the former home of Sinai Temple (1909-1925) and Welsh Presbyterian Church...

  • Mimouna: In my mind I’ve gone to Marrakech

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    April 18, 2014 | 10:26 am

    Tirbah u’tissad — may you prosper and succeed. This Judeo-Arabic blessing is the manner in which North African Jews greet one another just moments after Passover formally ends, on the night we call “Mimouna.”

    For many Jews, the night Passover ends is typically the night to turn...

  • From Pharaoh to Freud: The Bible’s Ultimate Id

    By Jared Sichel

    April 17, 2014 | 10:23 am

    It's up there in the annals of stupidity.

    God had just undone Egyptian society with 10 devastating plagues, striking at the heart of Egypt's various nature gods. Water turned to blood. Animals turned against humans. Light stopped working. Pharaoh's Egyptian experiment, for all...

  • Did the Exodus happen?

    By Dennis Prager

    April 16, 2014 | 1:18 pm

    With Passover here, it is a propitious time to address the central issue of the holiday: the Exodus. Specifically, did the Exodus happen?

    My friend Rabbi David Wolpe announced some years ago that it didn’t matter whether the Exodus occurred. In his words, writing three years...

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  • Israeli motorist killed in West Bank shooting, IDF says

    April 16, 2014 | 11:38 am

    An Israeli man was killed in a shooting attack on a civilian car near the city of Hebron in the West Bank on Monday, the eve of the Jewish holiday of Passover, military sources said.

    Israeli media reported the car was carrying a family to see relatives for the Passover seder...

  • Giving up Bread or Internet for Passover? Finding Balance and Freedom on Tax Day

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    April 15, 2014 | 9:05 am

    Giving up Bread or Internet for Passover? Finding Balance and Freedom on Tax Day

    For the last year and a half I have been living in Asia and eating rice. As I thought about Passover approaching, I figured giving up bread for eight days would not be meaningful as I really only eat...

  • Sinai Temple’s Atid Launches Video Campaign to Attract Young Crowd

    By Nicole Behnam

    April 14, 2014 | 1:05 pm

    In a world that depends on flyers, brochures, and similar promotional devices to garner attention for events, Sinai Temple’s Atid decided to step up their approach. Based on the popularity in recent years of Jewish-themed parody songs, Atid has launched a video marketing campaign...

  • Redesigning the seder plate

    By Avishay Artsy

    April 11, 2014 | 1:50 pm

    In addition to being a time of remembrance, Passover is a holiday for special foods, special dishes and family heirlooms, notably the seder plate. The most common is a porcelain plate with a Star of David or the Hebrew word Pesach —  for Passover — inscribed in its center,...

  • Three seder meditations

    April 11, 2014 | 1:42 pm

    Who Teaches Whom?

    One the most famous questions asked on seder night is, “Why isn’t Moses’ name mentioned in the haggadah? He’s the one who took us out of Egypt! Surely, if anyone is featured, it should be him!”  

    The truth is, Moses’ name is mentioned, but only once, and it’s...

  • Acharei Mot: Cleansing Past Misdeeds

    By Beit T'shuvah

    April 11, 2014 | 11:39 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    My brother Neal called me this morning and suggested I write about a character from this week's Torah Portion. It is the "Ish Ati," the man who takes the goat for Azazel out to the wilderness. Since I didn't write about it in my weekly Torah Drash, I...

  • Going green for Passover

    By Judy Zeidler

    April 10, 2014 | 7:34 pm

    The mainstays of a traditional Passover seder, celebrating the Exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt, tend to be a carnivore’s dream: gefilte fish, chicken soup with matzah balls, stuffed turkey and lamb shanks.

    Today, though, more and more families are planning a vegetarian...

  • Ezra Jack Keats’ tales of squalor and hope

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 9, 2014 | 2:54 pm

    In 1962, the children’s book author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983) published “The Snowy Day,” the tale of a boy named Peter who, wearing a fanciful red parka, ventures out into his gritty neighborhood to enjoy the delight of freshly fallen snow.  

    With illustrations...

  • Passover: Touching Liberation

    By David Suissa

    April 9, 2014 | 2:44 pm

    As we were developing the cover story for this year’s Passover issue —“Are we e-slaves?”— I couldn’t help thinking about a little girl in Israel, Amit, who suffers from a neurodevelopmental disorder called Rett syndrome.

    According to academic literature, Rett syndrome is...

  • Matzah, en route to freedom

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    April 9, 2014 | 2:37 pm

    Why matzah? It is an improbable symbol for such a grand holiday. With none of the embracing symbolism of a sukkah or the beauty of a Chanukah menorah, the unassuming cracker is the centerpiece of Passover. 

    The rabbis identify the matzah with humility. Unlike bread, which is...

  • Manischewitz Company sold to equity firm

    April 9, 2014 | 2:05 pm

    The Manischewitz Company, well known for its Passover foods, was sold a week before the holiday.

    Sankaty Advisors, an arm of the private equity firm Bain Capital, purchased the Newark, N.J.-based purveyor of kosher foods for an undisclosed price, The Associated Press reported...

  • Poem: This Passover

    April 9, 2014 | 1:32 pm

    This Passover maybe we can liberate ourselves
    from holding onto what happened
    We don’t have to subscribe
    To Be Here Now but we can try
    letting go of all that happened
    that gets in the way
    of how pink Egypt is how much
    we loved one another before
    life intervened. This...

  • 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 have stopped to answer e-mails. More than once. They pile up, you see, and I like a clean...

  • Speaking for themselves

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 9, 2014 | 1:12 pm

    Last week, I was honored to moderate a panel discussion on “Tomorrow Started Yesterday: How Soon is Too Soon?” regarding planning ahead for a teen or young adult with special needs. The event was the third annual FRED (Farms and Ranches Enabling people with Disabilities)...

  • Our freedom from ourselves

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 9, 2014 | 12:58 pm

    Passover is a time of tacky text messages and Facebook statuses. Just like every other holiday, I find myself being carried away through a swirl of wishes and witty sentences which combine holiday songs' lyrics. This year, though, a status written by a good friend of mine caught my...

  • 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

    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

    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...

  • Bringing handmade, organic trends to making matzah

    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 —...

  • Let my people go ... to Hancock Park

    April 9, 2014 | 11:34 am

    With an entire kosher section stocked with Passover foods in the Ralphs market on La Brea Avenue and Third Street, one might think that Hancock Park always has been a very Jewish neighborhood.

    The presence in the area of Yavneh Hebrew Academy, Congregation Etz Chaim, plus minyans...

  • 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...

  • Birthright initiative keeps seders on next gen’s tables

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    April 9, 2014 | 11:17 am

    This Passover, hundreds of young Birthright alumni will be hosting seders — many for the first time — thanks to an initiative from NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation.

    Adam Pollack, senior director of NEXT’s Western region, said the Passover project encourages young...

  • In music, tracing the 600-year odyssey of the Sarajevo Haggadah

    April 8, 2014 | 2:00 pm

    Growing up in Bosnia, Merima Kljuco was familiar with the Sarajevo Haggadah.

    The medieval, illuminated manuscript was considered a treasure of the Bosnian National Museum for more than a century. Its 600-year journey from Spain through Italy and then Sarajevo, and its survival...

  • My Charoset Live on KTLA: Video + Recipe

    By Elana Horwich

    April 8, 2014 | 9:00 am

    Watch me make "the best charoset in the world." Yes, that's what I said live on television with the KTLA 5 Morning News. What chutzpah!

    Watch me Live on KTLA here!

     

    Charoset (pronounced cHa-roset, with an almost silent “c” like cHa-nnuka) is the delicious chopped fruit,...

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