Thursday, September 18, 2014 Elul 23, 5774
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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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Talk about a tech-minded culture: This Passover season, you can get rid of chametz with the help of your cell phone. Seriously. A free iPhone app just released by New York software development company RustyBrick provides guidance for seeking, selling and destroying the leavened goods. The app includes rabbinic explanations of the Jewish laws regarding the removal of chametz prior...
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By:
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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THE HOLIDAYS
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Rabbi Yonah Gross, Jewish Exponent Feature
On March 6, my wife and I will celebrate our second wedding anniversary. In that time, we have had three children, lived in four houses in three states, and moved cross-country twice. While this may seem like a lot, we did have six years worth of days to do it all. So why are we celebrating only our second wedding...
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