Passover To Independence Day

From Miracles To Responsibility

05/10/2016 - 16:19
Special To The Jewish Week

The transition between Passover and Israel’s Independence Day (May 12 this year) is a symbolic transition from a holiday that centers on Godly miracles to a holiday that centers on human actions. There, in Egypt, we are told in effect, “God will fight for you while you keep silent.” Here, in the State of Israel, we are not to be silenced: We are active participants, taking our destiny into our own hands. 

Yedidia Stern

Minimizing The Perfection Prejudice

Near the beginning of our Passover Seders, we recited:

“All who are hungry, let them come and eat;
All who need (a place to celebrate Passover,) let them join us.”

What would happen if the world accepted our invitation?

Rabbi Michael Levy

Tobi Kahn’s Soulful Art Is For Jews — And Non-Jews Too

04/25/2016 - 16:31

As the early-April sunlight streamed through a window in his cheerfully cluttered studio in Queens, New York artist Tobi Kahn bent over a workbench with a number 10 Filbert brush. He was putting the third wash of glaze — out of eight — on a painstakingly worked silver-painted peg, a unique miniature sculpture soon to join 48 others.

New York artist Tobi Kahn works in his studio. RNS

The Imperative of Empathy

04/28/2016 - 11:23

Every year, as Passover arrives and I review the Haggadah in advance of yet another set of Seders, I struggle with the true significance of this holiday. This year was no different… just more so.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

NY Mosque Hosts Seder For Jews, Muslims

04/21/2016 - 12:38

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

Jews and Muslims participate in a seder at the Islamic Society of Mid Manhattan organized by NYC Muslim-Jewish Solidarity. JTA

Hillary Clinton Links Her Policies To ‘Ancient Lessons’ Of Passover Before NY Primary

04/19/2016 - 10:54

The day before the New York presidential primaries, Hillary Clinton distributed an essay linking her policies to the “ancient lessons” of Passover.

In the essay, sent out to Jewish and other media in English, Yiddish and Hebrew on Monday, Clinton highlighted her record on religious freedom, state benefits, Israel and global justice – and pledged to continue that work as president.

Hillary Clinton campaigning at a Bronx Organizing Event in New York City, April 13, 2016. JTA

Rav Kasich, Talmudic Scholar

That newly-minted Talmudic scholar, John Kasich, explained to a group of ultra-Orthodox Jews at a matzo factory last week that the paschal lamb of Passover portends Jesus.

"The great link between the blood that was put above the lampposts (sic), the blood of the lamb, because Jesus Christ is known as the lamb of God.  It's his blood, we believe," JTA quoted the Ohio governor.

New Haggadah’s Message: Light Up

04/12/2016 - 17:52
Staff Writer

One Portland, Ore., couple has this year issued a Passover Haggadah that clearly is not like all others — it starts with an “Obligatory Legal Disclaimer.”

The Cannabis Passover Seder Haggadah isn’t a drag. Courtesy of Roy Kaufman

The Crack In Our Matzah Really Matters

Brokenness, and wholeness, on Pesach.

Special to The Jewish Week
04/12/2016 (All day)

How can a broken cracker transform not only your seder, but your life? And maybe even the race for the presidential nomination?

Brad Hirschfield
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