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Finding Deeper Connections to Easter and Passover

1 month ago

With springtime arriving, many people’s thoughts turn to this season’s holidays, notably Easter, or – for Jews like me – Passover. I love Passover; I gravitate to the active rituals and find joy in the exploration of what its themes…

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Another Year of Shifts, Transitions, Grief and Dreams

1 month ago

Today is April 9. The ninth day of the fourth month. The day is full. Passover, the Jewish festival of Freedom celebrating the Exodus from Egypt  -the transformation from slavery to liberation – begins tomorrow night. There are so many…

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My Famous Passover Chart

2 months ago

[Photo: Mayim’s Passover preparation chart] I would like to applaud the Forward for tackling my Pesach chart/graph/list. They do an excellent job in their analysis but some questions indeed are left unanswered. Why is this chart different from other charts? It…

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The Upside-Down of Purim

2 months ago

[Photo: Queen Esther denouncing Haman / Ernest Normand] Purim. Everything gets turned upside down on this holiday. Indeed. Purim is a celebration unlike any other in our religious tradition. It is our only holiday with no reference to God in the…

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Black History: 8 African Americans to Follow Now

3 months ago

[Photo: The author snapped a shot of this Harriett Tubman memorial on a recent trip to Harlem, NYC] In case you hadn’t heard, Black History Month is now National African American History Month. (I learned this just last week, even…