Thursday, December 25, 2014 Tevet 3, 5775

By:
Laura Goldman
When journalist Cokie Roberts, a devout Catholic, married Steve Roberts, whose secular family was fiercely protective of its cultural Jewish identity, they both agreed to respect and observe each other's religious and family traditions. It's now been 40 years that they have been celebrating seders, including what Roberts termed a cheesecake version in Greece and one with an "Egyptian guest...
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Arthur Waskow and Phyllis Berman
If a pharaoh fell in the Red Sea but nobody told the story, did it actually happen? No. If no pharaoh fell in the Red Sea, but we told the story for 3,000 years, did it actually happen? Yes. Is it still happening? Yes. To people brought up in the modern mode of focusing on cold, hard facts, these responses...
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Birthland Bar Mitzvah sounds like it could be a tour company specializing in trips to Israel -- or perhaps somewhere in Eastern Europe. As it turns out, it's a new company co-founded by a Philadelphia rabbi that seeks to organize Bar and Bat Mitzvah trips to Guatemala, of all places. Admittedly, the overwhelmingly Catholic Central American nation with a tiny...
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By:
Edmon J. Rodman
Los Angeles In every generation, the Haggadah tells us, the wise, the simple, the non-askers and even the baddies are obligated to see themselves as though they themselves actually had come out from Egypt. Unfortunately, the closest many of us come to this ideal is a stroll through the Passover aisle of our neighborhood supermarket. Why does Passover have to...
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By:
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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