Saturday, December 27, 2014 Tevet 5, 5775
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Suzanne Kurtz, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Washington When Stephanie Mattei was dating her boyfriend-turned-husband Angelo, she knew there was nothing more appropriate to make her South Philadelphia-bred Italian beau for dinner than pasta. But since it was Passover, and she is Jewish, there was only one option -- nonleavened noodles. "To this day, he still teases me about it!" says Mattei, 37, a psychologist in Havertown...
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Weaving together traditions that date back centuries
By:
Aaron Passman
Liz Rubin's family had a Purim tradition when she was growing up in Los Angeles. Every year, she and her family would buy tons of candy, grape juice and hamantashen. They organized it all in the dining room, then put it together in themed packages for friends and relatives. "It was almost like a whole section of the house was...
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By:
Aaron Passman
Throughout most of the year, David Forbes of Narberth is a mild-mannered accountant, but come Purim, things start to change. His brain brims with beats and his tongue trips over lyrics as he unleashes his hip-hop Hebrew alter-ego: the Notorious J.E.W., anyone? Or perhaps MC Forbes? Forbes, 32, has participated in the annual Purim schpiels put on by the Collaborative...
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Edmon J. Rodman, JTA
Los Angeles Celebrating Tu B'Shvat this year on an alien moon called Pandora? Why not? As seen in "Avatar," the 3-D, billion-dollar grossing movie, it's definitely a place where trees are revered. In the film, bluish people called Na'vi worship ancient trees. Here on earth, a Jewish people who have a "navi" or two of our own (navi in Hebrew...
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It's what all Haggadahs, old and new, have in common
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SPEAKING VOLUMES Every Passover, publishers unveil a string of the "newest" Haggadot, most of them capitalizing on a current societal trend that seeks to make the ancient book "more relevant" for a contemporary audience -- or, at the very least, more accessible. Over the last half-century or so, there have been Haggadot geared to the traditional family, the interfaith family,...
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