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  • Hebrew Word of the Week: rimmon

    By Yona Sabar

    September 22, 2016 | 10:28 am

    The pomegranate is one of several components of the Sephardic seder for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year holiday. The symbolic reason for eating it is “so that we become filled with mitzvot (good deeds, religious observations), as the pomegranate is filled with seeds.”...

  • On Nat Geo show, Morgan Freeman sits down for Seder

    By Eitan Arom

    May 9, 2016 | 1:56 pm

    While the prophet Elijah remains conspicuously absent, one Passover Seder in Jerusalem received a more well-known guest.

    Morgan Freeman, the well-known actor and voiceover artist, attended a Seder held by Rabbi Maya Leibovitch, the first woman born in Israel to become a rabbi....

  • Amid ‘exodus’ from Brussels, my family sings a sad ‘ma nishtana’

    April 28, 2016 | 10:58 am

    I was feeling nervous about coming to Brussels for seder with my family.

    Making the 130-mile trip there from my home in Amsterdam meant taking my 5-month-old son on a train that last year saw an attempted jihadist attack, and into a city that is still reeling and on alert from...

  • The fifth child – missing in the contemporary world

    April 26, 2016 | 11:28 am

    Last weekend many Jews attended a Seder, but many others did not. I find it heartbreaking when I think about all the Jews who chose not to participate, and question the reasons for this. What are the implications of so many people not connecting to this paradigmatic story of the...

  • Obama, asking ‘mah nishtana?’ answers that it’s his last White House Passover

    April 22, 2016 | 11:27 am

    President Barack Obama sounded a wistful note in his last Passover message as president.

    “Mah nishtana halailah hazeh?” said the White House statement released Friday, hours before the start of the holiday, using the Hagadah’s phrase, reserved for the youngest child at the seder...

  • Coachella, New York City, Jerry’s Deli & Passover

    By Ilana Angel

    April 21, 2016 | 9:56 pm

    As a Jewish mother of a music-loving child, I am offended Coachella is happening over Passover. I appreciate it is scheduled over two weekends, but my son could not go to week one as he was working. He has a great work ethic so I can’t be mad that he prioritized work.  I don’t...

  • As Passover approaches, longtime OU kosher supervisor sounds alarm on Manischewitz

    By Jared Sichel

    April 21, 2016 | 9:30 pm

    Three days before the beginning of Passover, Rabbi Yaakov Horowitz, a veteran mashgiach (kosher supervisor) for the Orthodox Union (OU), filed a lawsuit against Manischewitz and the OU, saying he can no longer stand behind the kosher status of the Manischewitz products he has...

  • Passover frenzy grips Jerusalem market

    April 21, 2016 | 3:44 pm

    Passover eve, for observant Jews, is the deadline of all deadlines, a day by which all surfaces, all cupboards, all shelves have to be scoured and cleansed of anything that even may allude to a leavened product.

    Passover Eve, for many Jews, is the day in which dough becomes...

  • Do you have to drink all four cups of wine for your Seder to be ‘traditional?’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 21, 2016 | 4:16 am

    Almost all Jews celebrate the Seder night. Seven-in-ten Jews in America (70%) told the researchers of the Pew Research Center that they participated in a Passover meal (Seder) “in the past year.” In Israel, according to the recent Pew survey, the numbers are higher. More than...

  • Finding meaning in Passover prep pain

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    April 20, 2016 | 11:49 am

    The Passover story is steeped in language of slavery and redemption, a polarity that offers comfort through a narrative of progress. In our house, while we knew the historical significance and enjoyed telling the Passover story each year, sharing insights at seders with family and...

  • Shmura matzah for Passover: The real reason it’s so expensive

    April 20, 2016 | 11:30 am

    It costs more per pound than filet mignon. It might be burnt or taste like cardboard. It’s so delicate it often breaks in the box, rendering it unfit for Passover ritual use.

    Yet every year, Jews from Brooklyn, N.Y., to Bnei Brak, Israel, line up to fork over their hard-earned...

  • Community vs. communism: A seder discussion

    April 20, 2016 | 10:36 am

    In anticipation of Passover this year, I resolved to explore the concepts of slavery and freedom. Personally, I have always struggled to find contemporary models to help me experience both slavery and freedom during the Jewish origins and identity crash course that drives our...

  • Calendar: April 22-28, 2016

    By Amanda Epstein

    April 20, 2016 | 10:18 am

    FRI | APRIL 22


    Meet new friends while enjoying a first-night seder with all the traditional delicacies and more than enough wine. Rabbi Shlomo Schwartz will explore the Exodus story through humor and melody. 7 p.m. (schmooze), 8 p.m. (seder), 9 p.m. (dinner). $79...

  • Seder at Bernie’s

    By Rob Eshman

    April 20, 2016 | 8:25 am

    “I want to welcome you all to the first Sanders White House Seder.

    “I love Passover. People say I’m not religious — but all year long I argue over Israel, then once a year, I make a seder. So, aren’t I exactly like every other American Jew?

    “Now, I want to say a few words about...

  • Obama to host late Passover seder this year

    April 19, 2016 | 10:05 am

    President Barack Obama will host a Passover seder this year, but not on either of the nights it is required according to Jewish custom.

    A spokeswoman told JTA that Obama will host the seder next week following his return from travel overseas.

    Obama will be in Saudi Arabia on...

  • Bring a story to your seder

    By David Suissa

    April 19, 2016 | 9:32 am

    Passover seders can be noisy affairs. Gather families and friends together for a festive meal and, invariably, people will gravitate toward the lively art of random schmoozing.

    They’ll schmooze about Trump, Clinton, Kobe, AIPAC, J Street, Bibi, Iran, family gossip, community...

  • 5 seder supplements to make your Passover relevant this year

    April 18, 2016 | 9:55 am

    We get it: Most Jewish families don’t yearn to make their Passover seders longer.

    But there’s an entire world of seder upgrades and supplements out there providing myriad creative ways to freshen up the age-old tale of the Jews’ liberation from slavery in Egypt and — perhaps more...

  • NY mosque hosts seder for Jews, Muslims

    April 15, 2016 | 2:38 pm

    Some 100 Jews and Muslims participated in a Passover celebration at a Manhattan mosque.

    Coordinated by the NYC Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee, the gathering took place April 14 at the Islamic Society of Mid Manhattan in New York, News 4 New York reported.

    “I don’t believe...

  • A haggadah for a ‘New World’

    April 14, 2016 | 12:07 pm

    Ilan Stavans, whose “The New World Haggadah,” illustrated by Gloria Abella Ballen, has just been released by Gaon Books, feels the time has come for the diversity of the modern Jewish experience to be reflected in the haggadah we read at our Passover seders. Stavans is the...

  • 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...

  • Jews, Judaism and Genetically Modified Crops

    By Roger Price

    March 29, 2016 | 1:48 pm

    Genetically modified (“GM”) crops are plant products which have been genetically altered for certain traits. Such traits include resistance to viruses, bacteria, fungi, nematodes, insects, herbicides and drought, as well as aspects of product quality like improved yield,...

  • Seder lessons for the High Holy Day services

    August 25, 2015 | 10:55 am

    For the greater part of the last decade, my wife Rachel and I have led communal Passover sedarim and services, as well as High Holy Days Services for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, in Manhattan. The first seven years of leading services were geared towards unaffiliated young...

  • At Cannabis Seder, Bob Marley tunes and a blessing over the weed

    April 14, 2015 | 9:11 am

    This seder included a legal disclaimer.

    “The cannabis products at this Seder are available to OMMP cardholders only,” the sign at the check-in table read, referring to the state of Oregon’s medical marijuana program. “All others consume at your own risk.”

    The fine print...

  • Tradition meets Hollywood at annual Spago Seder

    By Ryan Torok

    April 8, 2015 | 1:43 pm

    Actress Lainie Kazan, restaurateur Barbara Lazaroff and singer Melissa Manchester lit candles on the evening of April 4 at Spago Beverly Hills, prompting Claudia Cagan, a Hollywood producer and Manchester’s sibling, to wax nostalgic for a moment.

    “My mother used to do that and...

  • 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...

  • White House seder includes Ashkenazic, Sephardic traditions

    April 6, 2015 | 9:08 am

    Moroccan charoset balls, savory holiday brisket and carrot souffle were on the menu at the annual White House seder.

    The guests finished the meal with raspberry ganache marjolaine and triple layer chocolate macaroon cake, according to the White House.

    The guest list for Friday...

  • Exodus, my very own experience

    April 2, 2015 | 6:44 pm

    On Passover eve, seder night, Jews from all over the world gather at their homes with family and friends to recite the story of the Exodus. For thousands of years, as children, we were told to tell our children and to tell their children about our ancestors’ slavery and their...

  • How do I make a seder?

    April 2, 2015 | 6:31 pm

    Passover, as we all know, is a key religious holiday. The problem is, the seder often lasts more than two hours. Too long for our active toddler. My solution: Host a toddler Passover. I suggested the idea to my husband several months ago. He agreed. We invited another couple with a...

  • Jews combating modern slavery, and an anti-trafficking bill that stalls in the Senate

    By Jared Sichel

    April 2, 2015 | 4:37 pm

    Rabbi Debra Orenstein’s seder this Passover will look and feel somewhat different from those in most Jewish homes in America. As one of the leading figures in American Jewry raising awareness about modern slavery and trafficking, Orenstein and thousands of other Jews are making...

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