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Thursday 09/20/2018
What makes a sukkah a sukkah?
Posted: September 20, 2018

With the holiday of Sukkot beginning at sundown on Sunday, many families and congregations are busy erecting the holiday’s namesake hut — the sukkah. While its form is familiar, what is the deeper meaning of the fragile, temporary structure, and what does it represent? Why is this building different from all other buildings?

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Wednesday 09/12/2018
Myriad worshippers find meaning in fasting
Posted: September 12, 2018

The day plays out much the same way every year, around when summer transitions into fall.

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Wednesday 03/21/2018
A garnish takes center stage
Posted: March 21, 2018

So, everyone who’s ever purchased a bundle or three of parsley for Pesach and then still seemed to have a bundle or three of parsley left when the Seders were over, please raise your hand.

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Passing over bread at breakfast
Posted: March 21, 2018

While I love Passover, I find breakfast the most challenging meal during the holiday of unleavened bread. Removing foods made with flour and grains from breakfast menus means digging deep into the creative side of my brain.

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Setting a stylish yet traditional Passover table
Posted: March 21, 2018

Even though “stylish” and “traditional” may seem like opposites and mean something different to each of us, the two qualities can actually be combined beautifully and comfortably, especially at Passover.

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Wednesday 03/14/2018
The surprising benefits of the Passover diet
Posted: March 14, 2018

For a millennia-old religious celebration that has little to do with physical well-being, the Passover holiday offers unexpected health-related opportunities.

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How to prepare your Seder plate quickly and easily
Posted: March 14, 2018

Preparing the Seder plate can seem overwhelming, but it needn’t be.

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Wednesday 02/21/2018
Purim satire news
Posted: February 21, 2018

Rumored bagel shortage schmears widespread panic

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Chabad youth group to bake 11 pound hamantashen
Posted: February 21, 2018

In keeping with the spirit of Purim, perhaps the most irreverent of Jewish holidays, the Chabad of the East Valley’s CTeen program is going to bake what it is dubbing “America’s Largest Hamantash” on Feb. 27. Though Jewish News was unable to confirm if the hamantashen will be the largest in the U.S., with an estimated cooked weight of at least 11 pounds, it’s safe to say it will be one huge pastry.

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Passover Art Contest

Tisha B'Av

Tisha B’Av in time of rockets, tunnels, death

After weeks of missiles falling on Israel and bombs dropping on Gaza, we land on Tisha B’Av. With the day-to-day images of explosions and tunnels so fresh, I wondered how they might connect to my mid-summer night’s struggle with the somber holiday’s relevance.

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Shavuot

Summer Shavuot recipes with global flair

With summer and the soaring temperatures already in full swing, I wanted to share a few recipes that will also double as great options for Shavuot. During Shavuot, it is customary to eat dairy, and throughout the world, you will see many different dishes from cheese blintzes and burekas to cheesecake and pizza. Here are three global recipes, each one using a different type of cheese, from a Middle Eastern eggplant dish to a Southern Mediterranean melon salad and finally a popular Mexican street food dish. Enjoy!

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Israel's 66th

  • Craig Taubman with family

    Kim and Norman Kur and their two sons, Ethan and Brian, pose for a photo with Craig Taubman.
  • Morning hike

    The Israel Center's daylong community Yom Ha'atzmaut celebration started with an early morning hike with Congregation Or Chadash on May 11. Hundreds participated in the day's festivities, which were held at various locations throughout the Valley and included an Israeli beach breakfast, a culinary experience and the screening of three films. Photo courtesy of the Israel Center
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