Thursday, November 27, 2014 Kislev 5, 5775
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Leah Koenig, JTA
One of the secrets about the Jewish calendar is that many of the holidays have agricultural subtexts, which over time have been muted or lost completely under the historical and religious themes that were layered on top of them. Two of these -- Sukkot and Shavuot -- have maintained a relatively transparent relationship to their earthy roots. But finding the...
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Dr. Marsha B. Edelman
Across the centuries, as Jewish families gathered to celebrate Passover, their observances were accompanied by songs of the season. As the rituals evolved, so did the variety of melodies used to sing the texts of the Haggadah. In communities around the world, the music of Passover quickly took on the individual sounds of the local majority culture. Passover songs have...
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At Emily Coplon's home, Passover cleaning started in mid-March. With five children and upwards of 25 guests at each seder, Coplon said, it's a challenge to make sure the holiday doesn't feel more like a stressor than a simcha. While getting organized is a year-round task, the topic is especially prescient with spring cleaning and Passover fast approaching. For some...
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By:
Aaron Passman
Some Jewish teachers in the Philadelphia School District are upset over the district's time-off policy as it pertains to Passover. The week of Monday, March 29 to Friday, April 2 was originally scheduled to be spring break, however Monday and Tuesday -- the start of Pesach -- were added back on the school calendar to partially make up for the...
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Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, Jewish Exponent Feature
During Passover, we are all young again. We gather around the seder table and delight at how our positions have changed. Those who eagerly -- or reluctantly -- asked the Four Questions now lead others in prayer and song. As we remember our rich journey from slavery to freedom, we look forward in hope. And we are all young again...
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