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A Genetic Disease In The Family

A very personal connection to familial dysautonomia drives a Tel Aviv University scientist’s search for a cure.

Staff Writer
05/18/2016 (All day)

As a child growing up in Argentina, Miguel Weil developed an academic interest in science. At 6, with his brother’s help, he memorized a chart of the human anatomy.

Dr. Miguel Weil, left, is researching a cure for familial dysautonomia, which his son Nir was diagnosed with 25 years ago.

Unlikely Genetic Cousins Emerge

Tracking down a rare mutational link between Bedouins and Ethiopians.

Contributing Editor
05/18/2016 (All day)

Beersheva, Israel — Nearly four years ago an Ethiopian Israeli couple brought their two children to the office of Dr. Ohad Birk, director of the Genetics Institute of Soroka Medical Center in this southern Israeli city.

Dr. Ohad Birk: Developing a genetic screening test for a mutation “is a true joy.” Dani Machlis/BGU

Healthcare May 2016

Israel’s Unlikely Genetic Cousins
A Genetic Disease in the Family
‘Editing’ Genes Could Enable Therapies

05/17/2016 (All day)
Healthcare May 2016

Liberation, Then And Now

Humanistic Haggadah celebrates ancient, modern message of Jews seeking freedom.

Special to The Jewish Week
04/19/2016 (All day)

In the memorable seders of my childhood, which rotated among relatives’ homes in New York City and Westchester, we used “The Seder Service for Passover Eve in the Home” Haggadah, first issued in1904, arranged by Mrs. Philip Cowen, a descendant of a family of Jewish-Irish scholars. It was a small, thin book, 5-by-7 inches, with a section of notated music at the back.

Liberation, Then And Now

Humanistic Haggadah celebrates ancient, modern message of Jews seeking freedom.

Special to The Jewish Week
04/13/2016 (All day)

In the memorable seders of my childhood, which rotated among relatives’ homes in New York City and Westchester, we used “The Seder Service for Passover Eve in the Home” Haggadah, first issued in1904, arranged by Mrs. Philip Cowen, a descendant of a family of Jewish-Irish scholars. It was a small, thin book, 5-by-7 inches, with a section of notated music at the back.

Peter Schweitzer

On ‘Guard’ For Shmura Sticker Shock

Here’s the real reason the handmade matzah is so expensive.

04/13/2016 (All day)

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.

Every shmura matzah is inspected for quality and adherence to kosher standards before it’s boxed. Uriel Heilman

Festival Of Delights

Our annual guide to cool, arty and meaningful gifts for Passover.

Culture Editor
04/13/2016 (All day)

The best new tool for all the spring cleaning that has to happen before Passover is a Swedish-inspired eco-friendly dishcloth, designed and printed in the U.S. Each cloth replaces 17 rolls of paper towels and will last for more than nine months — and can be cleaned in the washing machine or dishwasher at least 200 times. Made of cellulose and cotton and pleasant to touch, these newfangled cloths feature cheerful designs

$7, Magpie, 488 Amsterdam Ave. (between 83rd and 84th St.), Manhattan, 646 998-3002, Magpienewyork.com.

Matzah trays made from rolled and woven newspapers by Desy Mei-Dan.

The Old Story, Forever New

This year’s crop of Haggadahs features old commentaries and original artwork.

Staff Writer
04/13/2016 (All day)

With all the changes in many aspects of Jewish life and observance in recent decades, one constant remains: the Passover Haggadah is the most-published book in Jewish life. And new ones crop up every year. Some are traditional in form, with the 2,000-year-old text virtually untouched. Others add passages, or subtract them, to reflect the leanings of some Jews. Still others feature modern translations, with creative commentaries and political-theological-historical readings. Sometimes they appear with original artwork; sometimes they are reprints of centuries-old illuminated Haggadahs.

New World Haggadah.

Seven For The Eight Days

Satisfying new kosher wines for Pesach.

Special To The Jewish Week
04/13/2016 (All day)

For the kosher wine industry, the run-up to Passover is what the run-up to New Year’s Eve is for the sparkling wine industry — a time of big sales and bigger hype. Not surprisingly, this is also the time of year the greatest number of new kosher wines tend to be released. Here are seven that you may wish to put on your shopping list.

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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