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Brooklyn soup kitchen opens for seders

It’s not easy making Passover seder. There’s the cleaning, the cooking, the logistical and emotional challenges of hosting guests. Then there’s the cost.

Wednesday 04/19/2017
Accomplishing our purpose
Posted: April 19, 2017

In this week’s Torah portion of Shemini, the Torah relates that on the inaugural day of the Mishkan (tabernacle), the traveling temporary home the Jewish people built for G-d in the desert, the two older sons of Aharon the high priest, Nadav and Avihu, brought an offering for G-d. The only problem is that it was not requested of them and therefore, the Torah calls it foreign fire. Their punishment: being consumed by a heavenly fire. What could be wrong with wanting to become closer to G-d through bringing a sacrifice?

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Monday 04/10/2017
Fleeing the Egypt of our minds
Posted: April 10, 2017

Passover

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Bukharian Jews, now Americans, face new set of challenges
Posted: April 10, 2017

NEW YORK — The restaurants are packed on the wide boulevard in the Queens borough of this city known as the Bukharian Broadway.

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Thursday 04/06/2017
From our families to yours, Happy Passover!
Posted: April 06, 2017

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Wednesday 04/05/2017
Here’s what you should know about gluten-free matzah
Posted: April 05, 2017

Gluten-free matzah might sound like a bad joke – after all, regular unleavened bread tastes pretty cardboard-like already.

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6 social justice-themed seder supplements
Posted: April 05, 2017

At Passover, Jews around the world gather around their dining-room tables to remember their past plight as slaves in Egypt. But the seder can also be a time to learn about the hardships facing others today.

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Latino-Jewish seder participants get personal
Posted: April 05, 2017

When Rabbi Robert Kravitz pulled off his tie at the Latino-Jewish Seder on March 21, he said it was symbolic of seeking freedom. Wearing a tie, he said, is a custom that feels confining and men do it to themselves out of social convention. So he liberated himself of the tie and continued leading the seder, reading from the “Freedom Celebration Haggadah” created for this annual event.

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Four cups of five-star wines
Posted: April 05, 2017

Even the most finicky wine snob won’t be able to “pass over” the new generation of kosher wines. Increasingly, the mindset is that since Jews are commanded to drink four cups of wine at the Passover seder, they might as well drink high-quality wine.

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Special needs seder: ‘Opening the conversation’
Posted: April 05, 2017

Two weeks before Passover, Rabbis Elana Kanter and Michael Wasserman of The New Shul were leading a model seder – a very special one, using a brightly colored, easy-to-hold Haggadah with visual images.

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The 5 best exotic Passover hotels
Posted: April 05, 2017

The Sun Belt is so yesterday.

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Opening the door for Elijah
Posted: April 05, 2017

Passover

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Preparing for Pesach in Ukraine’s last shtetl
Posted: April 05, 2017

At first glance, the drab town of Bershad, Ukraine, 160 miles south of Kiev, seems nearly identical to the other settlements that dot the poverty-stricken district of Vinnitsa.

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Temple Beth Shalom to hold women’s seder
Posted: April 05, 2017

Temple Beth Shalom in Sun City is inviting the women of the community to a Women’s Interactive Seder, “to share a Passover experience with a feminine twist,” organizers say.

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Wednesday 03/29/2017
Reflections from our family's interfaith seders
Posted: March 29, 2017

Born into a Catholic family with a Jewish surname, I should have expected I would one day find myself leading a Passover seder.

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Vayikra: A rabbinic Facebook discussion
Posted: March 29, 2017

Vayikra, Leviticus 1:1-5:26

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