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As Lag B’Omer, the 33rd day of the omer, approaches and as this season’s mourning period is interrupted with joy, The Jewish Star speaks with the hit music group, 8th Day. Bentzi and Shmuel Marcus are brothers, living on the West Coast, whose original sound, videos and live performances continue to rock Jewish communities with their music and message. more
This is not your grandmother’s Pesach. It’s also not your mother’s or even ours as we remember it not too long ago. The basics are still there — matzo, potatoes and eggs — but there’s much more and greater variety, in almost unimaginable permutations and combinations. more
Fifty years ago, leaders of the Chabad movement tasked Rabbi Moshe Lazar of Milan with supervising the local production and export of the Calabria etrog … more
Despite isolation from their Jewish brethren around the world for millennia, Ethiopian Jews have coveted the universal Jewish dream of celebrating Rosh Hashanah “next year in … more
The tale of a challah-baking Jewish giant, by one of the country’s most prominent children’s book writers, is among a crop of delightful new books for kids published just in time for the … more
“The perception is that Passover is so expensive,” remarked Gourmet Glatt purchasing manager Howie Klagsburn, referring to the eight page Pesach circular that will reach every household this weekend consistent with the store’s Pesach opening and offerings. “The fact is you can’t buy many of the items at these prices during the year.” more
By The Jewish Star Staff Issue of December 18, 2009/ 1 Tevet 5770The Maccabees may have only had one night's worth of oil, but the Chabad of Buckhurst Hill in England has enough whiskey in … more
Every year before Purim, my inbox and social media fill up with dire exhortations from rabbis and yeshivas warning against the dangers of celebratory excess — as if drunkenness on the … more
One of my favorite Shavuot customs dictates that we bring flowers and natural beauty into our homes. And spring flowers are blooming everywhere now. Another favorite custom is that of eating dairy … more
CASALE MONFERRATO, Italy — It’s always Chanukah in this picturesque town in northern Italy’s Piedmont region, where Jews have lived for more than 500 years, reaching a peak of 850 … more
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