Friday, February 12, 2016 AdarI 3, 5776
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Estelle Fleischer can't help but think of the Passover seder in terms of time -- a really long time, to be precise. Her childhood memories involved her stomach rumbling and her eyes glazing over as adults went on and on in incomprehensible Hebrew. "My father was a kosher butcher. We had to say every word of the seder," said Fleischer,...
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Dasee Berkowitz, JTA
What woman has changed your life? My toddler intuited his answer when he said to me, "Thank you, ima , for making me." That's right, folks -- mothers, hands down, have probably had the single biggest impact on our lives. Giving birth to children is probably one of the most courageous -- not to mention painful -- things that women...
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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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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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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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