Thursday, March 5, 2015 AdarI 14, 5775

CHOL HAMOED, OMER, Exodus 33:12-34:26
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
You're probably tempted to sing the words right now as you read; it is, after all, a sonorous "spiritual of old." "Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, we are free at last." But let's recall that we, the Jewish people, wrote the original score. We say it; we pray it -- so it must be true. Pesach...
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By:
Ryan Teitman
The situation is tricky. An interfaith couple, soon to have their first child, have worked out all the details about how they'll raise the baby religiously. There's just one problem: No one's taken the time to let the grandparents in on the faith their newborn grandchild will follow. Grandparents are an integral part of the familial equation, and their role...
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By:
Rivka Tal, JE Feature
Do "Passover sandwiches" sound like an oxymoron? Well, they're not! Creative cooks long ago came up with the perfect solution for Pesach food under wraps: the matzah-meal popover, bagel or roll. When we were kids, and the intermediate days of the holiday were considered "days-we-had-to-go-to-school-anyhow," my mother of blessed memory would prepare delicious sandwiches for us. She would halve a...
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By:
Louise Fiszer, JE Feature
Although the temptation of cooking new dishes for Passover lurks in my mind every year, I always can remember my mother's warning of not to "cook anything too weird." She's right, of course, as usual. The tried-and-true traditional Ashkenazic family recipes may seem a bit boring to the cook, but the guests take comfort in them as being familiar, offering...
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TZAV, SHABBAT HAGADOL, Leviticus 6:1-8:36
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
Historically, it's been suggested, rabbis waxed oratorical and preached to their congregations on only two Sabbaths of the year: Shabbat Shuva and Shabbat Hagadol -- the former right before Yom Kippur, the latter before Passover. (Is this what people mean when they say: "Rabbi, how I miss the good old days!") Why is this week called "The Great Shabbat"? The...
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