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  • The time Hillary Clinton came to the rabbi’s family seder – and stayed for hours

    April 11, 2016 | 10:23 am

    How was Helene and Bob Fine’s family seder in 2000 different from every other Passover night?

    First lady Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea came. (President Bill Clinton would have joined, too, if not for Yasser Arafat, but we’ll get to that.)

    This was no political or...

  • Cruz takes a shot at matzah baking in Brooklyn

    April 8, 2016 | 9:15 am

    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Thursday tried his luck at baking matzah as he seeks to earn the support of the Jewish community and compete for delegates in the New York primary later this month.

    Flanked by Jewish community leaders and guided by Rabbi Moshe Winner...

  • Chametz: The Good, the Bad and the Holy

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    April 5, 2016 | 2:27 pm

    Can we claim we don’t want something in our lives when we still own it?

    When my wife Rebbitzen Rachel asked me to write something about selling chametz on Passover, I realized that if I don’t try to explain chametz in all it’s perplexing glory and ignominy, I would be letting...

  • North of Paris, a beleaguered Jewish community dares to seder

    April 5, 2016 | 11:32 am

    After three firebombs hit the synagogue of this poor and heavily Muslim suburb of Paris, municipal authorities advised the local Jewish community to lower its profile.

    Like dozens of attacks on French synagogues since 2000, the January 2009 incident at the Chabad House of...

  • Will We Be Having Matzo Ball Soup Again?

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    March 30, 2016 | 1:00 am

    I work in a relatively small company where I am the only Jewish person in the office. Recently, people have been talking about the Easter weekend, and a colleague suddenly said, “When is Passover? Is it over already?” I told her it starts April 22, and she said, “Isn’t it usually...

  • The Joy of Matzah

    By Ilana Angel

    March 29, 2016 | 9:31 pm

    Today is March 29th and I just bought my first box of matzah. Passover begins on Friday, April 22nd.  A little early to be sure, but when I told my son I was stopping by the market, he asked if I could bring some home. I smiled when he asked me, only to then be surprised by his...

  • New Hagaddah ‘sparks up’ a Passover conversation on the drug war

    By Eitan Arom

    March 22, 2016 | 5:11 pm

    There are simple rules to throwing a cannabis seder, according to a new hagaddah invented for that purpose:

    Provide ample buds.

    Get a sitter.

    The Official Le’Or Cannabis Passover Seder Haggadah, released in March on the web, serves as a practical almanac as well as a...

  • Jerusalem, maybe next year: Passover bookings see sharp decline

    March 17, 2016 | 12:41 pm

    By now, Gil Azoulay would have expected his hotels would be 80 percent booked for Passover.

    Instead, Azoulay — who runs a chain of boutique hotels — has roughly half his rooms still available.

    Azoulay opened Smart Hotels — a mini-chain of three small, midrange hotels that...

  • Columbine shooters had tense moment over Passover seder, mother recalls

    February 19, 2016 | 2:56 pm

    Columbine school shooter Dylan Klebold revealed he was Jewish when he mentioned dreading a family Passover seder — creating a tense moment with his fellow shooter, his mother said.

    Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris had openly admired Adolf Hitler. They opened fire on students and...

  • Violence casts shadow on Israeli tourism

    By Kylie Ora Lobell

    February 3, 2016 | 12:59 pm

    Random violence and knifings have become a daily occurrence in Israel, and as Passover approaches, the terror is leading some Jews to adjust their plans for visiting the Holy Land for the holiday — or cancel them altogether.

    That’s been the observation of Orit Topf, CEO of the...

  • Passover is perfect for hitting the road to culinary adventure

    February 3, 2016 | 11:51 am

    You’ve just touched down in Chicago. Or New Orleans. Or New York. You’re in town to visit your aunt, the one with lipstick-stained teeth and the husband no one wants to talk politics with. The saving grace: You have a week to indulge in deep-dish pizza. Or beignets. Or bagels. 

  • McDonough: Support for Israel’s security – our values in action

    November 10, 2015 | 3:13 pm

    Addressing a mixed Jewish audience in the aftermath of the Iran nuclear deal debate, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on Tuesday peppered his remarks with Yiddish and Hebrew phrases in an attempt to present a reset in the U.S.-Israel relationship following the meeting...

  • The Jewish Bernie Sanders who only Vermonters know

    October 21, 2015 | 12:43 pm

    Bernie Sanders reads from the Passover Haggadah in Hebrew and jokes with his seder hosts about finding hametz, traces of leavening, after they have thoroughly cleaned the house in preparation for the holiday.

    The presidential candidate, a socialist competing for the Democratic...

  • To live with the Iranian threat

    By Elad Massuri

    August 27, 2015 | 1:11 pm

    When I was 5 years old,  my mom picked me up from kindergarten and brought me back to our house in North Tel Aviv.

    I asked her a question that seemed so normal: “Mom, at what age do people go to the military?”

    “At the age of 18,” she answered.

    “And what will I need to do...

  • From Egypt to Sinai in 49 Days

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    May 26, 2015 | 9:12 am

    In Jewish tradition, we count 49 days – seven weeks of seven days – between Pesach (Passover), when we remember what it was like for us to be slaves in Egypt, and Shavuot, when we celebrate receiving the wisdom of Torah at Mount Sinai.

    This year, as usual, I took a day off of...

  • The authenticity of anonymity, the absurdity of fame

    May 21, 2015 | 1:36 pm

    It starts with that moon. That haunting, mystical full moon that rises over erev Passover, the brightest of the year. The same moon that accompanied our ancestors as they committed the most courageous, terrifying, faithful act of our history. This was their light. It is our light.

  • Children of Israel, in more ways than one

    May 14, 2015 | 5:02 pm

    The week before Passover, Colel Chabad, the charitable arm of the Chabad movement, brought more than 100 Israeli bar mitzvah boys from all over Israel to the Western Wall.

    The 13-year-olds, each accompanied by up to 10 friends and relatives, were treated to a day of spirituality...

  • Letters to the editor: Lamb stew, Passover, Jon Stewart and more

    April 23, 2015 | 12:45 pm

    Lamb Stew Not Kosher

    The Jewish Journal recipe for lamb stew (“Our Dad’s Lamb Stew,” March 27) clearly mixed milk and meat. Not only was this a poor selection for a Passover recipe, it is just flat-out not kosher. The garbanzo beans would also only be for the Sephardic. Hopefully...

  • Beyond Chocolate Bunnies and Passover Baskets

    By Diana Emuna

    April 15, 2015 | 6:06 pm

    As I prepared for Passover last week, one of my co-workers asked me if I made “Passover baskets” for my kids.  When I replied no, she asked, “You mean your kids don’t get bunnies and Easter eggs?”

    And so it begins.

    Soon, my co-workers file in and the questions begin.  I am...

  • Up-cycle a matzah box into a mini photo album

    By Jonathan Fong

    April 10, 2015 | 12:34 pm

    I hate to throw away boxes. Cereal boxes, toothpaste boxes, gift boxes — you name it. It’s not that I’m a hoarder, just that the cardboard used in packaging can be a valuable crafting resource. It’s thick, durable and can be used for myriad DIY projects. I pay good money in paper...

  • The fast-food guide to a post-Passover bread binge

    April 10, 2015 | 11:48 am

    Passover ends on Saturday, and let’s get real for a second: no one wants to end their week-long bread banishment with something…healthy. Sure, pizza and beer are the go-to foods to break the bread-fast, but real troopers commit themselves to more extraordinary options. Here’s a...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 10, 2015 | 11:36 am

    On the last day of Passover, you're invited to sit back and enjoy some of the best Israeli-made Passover clips:

    Dayenu, Coming Home - The Fountainheads Passover Song


    Passover Pesach 2015 Seder Rube Goldberg Machine from Technion in Israel


    Amazing Pesach Video Hand in Hand in Israel


    Let Us Go - Passover "Frozen" Parody

  • Hebrew word of the week: Bne-Horin

    April 9, 2015 | 11:11 am

    In the haggadah, bne-Horin, literally “sons of freeborn, noblemen” (Nehemiah 2:16), are contrasted with avadim “slaves.” The mishnah recognizes cases of half-slave, half-freeman — for instances when a slave who had two masters is freed by one but not by the other (Gittin 4:5).

  • Maybe Obama knows what he’s doing

    By Rob Eshman

    April 8, 2015 | 2:29 pm

    At our seder this year, one guest, an Israeli of Iraqi origin, told me her family has a very different way of recounting the Ten Plagues God sent to Egypt.

    Instead of spilling a little wine at the mention of each plague — blood, boils, hail, frogs, the likeher father would...

  • My Passover lesson: Don’t wait for God

    By David Suissa

    April 8, 2015 | 1:57 pm

    The Jewish people didn’t bring down the Ten Plagues on Pharaoh, nor did they split the Red Sea, which enabled them to escape Pharaoh’s soldiers some 3,300 years ago. These were God’s miracles, which we all celebrate during Passover.

    This year, I found those miracles a little...

  • Self-Determination and Passover

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 8, 2015 | 12:46 pm

    While many of us are still eating matzah (much to the dismay of our digestive systems), there’s still time to think about the underlying theme of liberation from slavery. Also known as the Festival of Freedom, Passover’s essence is about transformation from living a life with no...

  • If God took the Jews out of Egypt…

    By Dennis Prager

    April 8, 2015 | 11:52 am

    If God took the Jews out of Egypt, why didn’t he take the Jews out of Europe during the Holocaust? Or out of Ukraine during the Khmelnitsky pogroms? Or out of Germany when Crusaders annihilated entire Jewish communities there?

    What Jew hasn’t asked such questions?

    There may be...

  • Some Passover reflections

    April 7, 2015 | 12:30 pm

    I love Passover. It's one of my very favorite Jewish holidays. For more than 3 score years I have enjoyed the richness of the rituals, the exotic and tasty food, and the story about a struggle for freedom, some would say a never-ending struggle, and I won't argue...
  • Visitors to Israeli park turned away for carrying chametz

    April 6, 2015 | 2:32 pm

    Visitors to a public park in Israel were turned away because they carried food that was not kosher for Passover.

    The security guard at the entrance to the park in Afula, in northern Israel, was checking visitor’s bags for weapons and for chametz, according to reports.


  • How your Seder should conclude

    April 6, 2015 | 12:34 pm

    Passover is the beginning….

    Do you know the concluding words in the Passover Haggadah?  In many ways, they are more important than the beginning words.

    The central message of Passover is that God liberated Israel from 430 years of Egyptian slavery, and that all humans have the...

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