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It Takes a Community to Create Holiness — to Elevate Life and Go Beyond...

By Rabbi Beth Janus Parashat Shmini Imagine preparing for a brand new job. You have dreamed of having this job. You have studied for it. You...

Matzo Toppings Enliven Passover Snacking

During Passover, many of us eat matzo at all three meals. No snack is complete without matzo. We usually spread butter or cream cheese...

Silence Is More Than Golden

By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin The last days of the festival of Passover are dedicated to the splitting of the Reed Sea, one of the most...

Passover Seders the New Norm at PA Governor’s Residence

HARRISBURG — The freshly painted state dining room in the governor’s mansion was full of lively conversation and political discussion, plenty of wine (four...

Don’t Pass Over These Stories: Pesach Tales from the Exponent Staff

By JE Staff When it comes to picking a favorite holiday, Passover probably isn’t the highest on the list. Or at least it’s probably not...

Synagogue Network Uses ‘Passover in a Bag’ Kit to Attract Young Families

It’s no longer a Field of Dreams when it comes to getting young Jewish families involved with synagogues. Just because they’ve built them — synagogues...

Passover a Chance to Find Sweet Spot Between Mitzvah and Menschlichkeit

By Rabbi Gerald R. Fox  Parshat Tzav In the midst of our often-frantic preparations for the Passover holiday, we can get lost in the fragrance of...

From Shmurah to Sesame, ’Tis the Matzo Season

The photo is classic 1970s, a trapped-in-amber portrait of grade-school field trips. A group of about nine kids gathers around a table where a...

‘Hamilton’ Haggadah Tells the Story of Tonight

You can finally be in “the room where it happens” — if you don’t mind singing all the parts at your dining room table...

Reconsidering the Seder Plate in Graphic Fashion

It seems as though each passing year brings another addition to the Passover seder plate — or supplemental pages to the Haggadah — to make...