Wednesday, September 2, 2015 Elul 18, 5775

By:
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
The Exodus narrative -- so central to our Passover seder -- also informs our social consciousness as a people. The Bible teaches in very strong words, v'ahavtem et ha'ger, you must love the stranger, the other, the individual who is the underdog in whatever society you happen to find yourself, ki gerim hayitem b'eretz Mitzrayim, because you were the other,...
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Jackie Bobrin doubted her 8-year-old son Ethan would be able to attend religious school. "Regular" life was difficult enough with the behaviors his doctors attributed to a possible combination of Attention Deficit Disorder, Asberger's and bipolar disorder, she said. What synagogue would have the interest -- or resources -- to give him the extra attention he needed? Surprisingly, the Bryn...
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By:
Ethel Hofman, Jewish Exponent Feature
For home cooks, the eight days of Passover have always constituted a challenge. The basic rule has been that any product that is fermented or can cause fermentation may not be eaten. That includes five grains: wheat, rye, barley, oats and spelt. However, Sephardic tradition has always allowed rice to be used. Growing up in Scotland in the 1960s, as...
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Jamie Geller, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Want to know a little secret that helps me keep my kitchen cool during the major food holiday that's fast approaching? Last year, 99 percent of what I made for Passover wouldn't qualify as a Passover recipe. Of course the dishes were all kosher for Passover, but they didn't require any major Passover ingredient tweaks. These recipes were , however,...
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TZAV, Leviticus 6:1-8:36
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Rabbi Adam Zeff
This week's Torah reading discusses details of the sacrificial service, the ancient Israelites' way of connecting with God. Although these passages may be of historical interest, the specifics of the animals, meal offerings and oil libations may leave readers cold. What do they have to do with our lives so many centuries later, when our worship is so very different?...
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