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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?
NEW YORK — The restaurants are packed on the wide boulevard in the Queens borough of this city known as the Bukharian Broadway.
Gluten-free matzah might sound like a bad joke – after all, regular unleavened bread tastes pretty cardboard-like already.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Born into a Catholic family with a Jewish surname, I should have expected I would one day find myself leading a Passover seder.
The Israel Video Network has announced the winner of the "Inspired by Israel" contest sponsored by The Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation.
The “Inspired by Israel” video contest has started its 10-day period of online voting to determine which 10 video entrants will move on to the final phase of the contest and be evaluated by an elite panel of judges.
Between the challah bake, the Shabbat Project and conferences in Washington, D.C., it's been a busy week.