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President Donald Trump paid extended tribute to the memory of the Holocaust and to Israel in a speech to the World Jewish Congress. Given via prerecorded video at the opening dinner of … more
The untimely and supernatural death of Aharon’s sons, Nadav and Avihu, is one of the focal points of Shemini, this week’s parasha. Following this narrative passage, we are met with two … more
What brought about the deaths of Aharon’s older sons in this week’s parsha, Shmini? Most discussions analyze the specific nature of the particular service they were performing. Were they … more
The parents of Israeli soldiers killed in the 2014 Gaza War verbally attacked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government during a Knesset hearing on Wednesday, with one throwing a cup of … more
At my family’s seder this year, we read, as we always do, from the traditional Sephardic Haggadah, in keeping with the customs of the Jewish communities from Spain and Portugal. Our guests need … more
It’s not easy making Passover seders. There’s the cleaning, the cooking, the logistical and emotional challenges of hosting guests. Then there’s the cost. For some, the challenges … more
President Donald Trump’s missile strike against Syria inaugurates a new chapter in the long and controversial history of American responses —and sometimes non-responses — to mass … more
It’s interesting how leading up to Pesach everyone prepares laboriously for the holiday. We’re occupied with weeks of planning for the switch-over, for the cooking, for substantive and … more
Making Pesach is expensive, and for those who struggle to put food on the table on a regular day, the eight days of Passover can cause a true hardship.  About 5 years ago, Lisa Gaon of the … more
Judy’s been putting the dishes away, so we’re reprinting her post-Pesach column from 2012. The last of the Pesach dishes, pots and pans, etc., have been stored away. The chametz dishes … more
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