Posts Tagged: *Passover

The “Wicked” Child of the Pew Study



by Rabbi Danny Burkeman Pesach is coming, and at s’darim across the Jewish community we will once again label four children as wise, wicked, simple, and the one who does not know how to ask. I have always struggled with this part of the seder for two reasons. All of my work with young people […]

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10 Years of Ten Minutes of Torah

A Fifth Cup – Going Beyond What is Required



By Joshua Weinberg Growing up, I struggled with the impression that being a Reform Jew meant that we did less. Fewer mitzvot, shorter holiday observance, and less time spent in Jewish education. It was a stigma that I carried with me as I wrestled with and contemplated my own Jewish identity. This lead me to […]

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A Passover Social Action Update from the RAC



Every year I look forward to Passover, when we gather with family and friends, share a festive meal, and retell the story of our exodus from Egypt – with all the lessons applied to today’s urgent moral dilemmas and to the struggles for freedom in America and across the globe. At every seder, I am […]

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NFTY-MV: Understanding Modern Day Slavery



Each year, as the grocery stores begin to display their Pesach foods, I, without fail, think to myself “Passover time already?!” Each year, we are commanded to “regard ourselves as if we ourselves went forth from the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 13:8) so that we can feel how sweet freedom is.

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Finding Redemption…At Camp



Coming to camp has many parallels with the Exodus story. When campers get ready for that first summer at camp, they are leaving everything they know; they are leaving home for an unknown land; they have to have faith that it will all work out in the end. (And, no, I’m not saying that our lives at home are Egypt or that parents are enslaving their kids… it’s an imperfect metaphor, but still one that is valuable.)

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The Mitzvah of Making Your Own Matzah



Each year during Passover tradition tells us to rid our houses of chametz (items that are not Kosher for Passover) and stock up on Kosher for Passover foods like macaroons, fruits and vegetables, and of course matzah. We all know that matzah can be purchased by the box or case, but did you know that you can actually make your own matzah?

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Our Passover Challenge: Integrating the Familiar and the Fresh



by Lisa Chinsky Passover is super early this year. (I know, I know, it’s always either late or early, but never “on time.”) The first night is March 25! No, that’s not a typo; the first seder is Monday, March 25! I started to think about what that means in our house and to our […]

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The Torah In Haiku: Still Pesach?



  Torah says seven Diaspora Jews do eight Is it still Pesach?   The Torah commands us (Exodus 12:15) to eat matzah for seven days of the Passover Festival. That is generally the practice in Israel and for Reform Jews.

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Symposium on Second Seder



By The iWorship Listserv Community As the agent provocateur on the iWorship listserv, Larry Kaufman posed a question to his colleagues on Passover Sunday: “How many of you, in this one-day-yom tov Reform movement, participated in a second seder?” He did not ask his usual follow-up question (“If you did, what was your reason, as […]

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The Passover Seder: a Night to Remember



Every year around this season in Israel, there is an awareness that our lives shift during the holiday of Passover. The changing surroundings of spring’s arrival are the first indication of the holiday, as we’re directed to celebrate Passover during the spring. Then, there is also a sense of folk participation in the holiday spirit: […]

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How is this box different from all other boxes?



Ask anyone in humanitarian aid circles what is the most useful tool for fundraising and the answer will almost always be “the camera.” Whether or not it is possible to raise funds without taking photos of people in often desperate situations is the question that now rocks the Israeli NGO community. Moshe Kahlon, Israel’s Minister […]

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Dayenu – Let’s Stop Mistranslating Sacred Texts



I’ve purposely waited until the Haggadot have been put away for the year to comment on issues that emerged in the discussion of the highly touted New American Haggadah (NEH) produced for Pesach 5772 by the wunderkinder editor Jonathan Safran Foer and translator Nathan Englander. I have seen NEH, which is not truly a new […]

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The Passover Order



I did not grow up in a kosher home. In fact, I refer to the home in which I was raised as “glatt treiff.”  My becoming a bar mitzvah in 1973 coincided with my mother’s personal liberation.  A few months after I became a bar mitzvah, my mother returned to work and the kitchen closed […]

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Pesach from Israel to New Mexico



Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM and Yedid Nefesh in Carmiel, Israel have formed a twinning relationship this year through ARZA.  They are coming up with some very creative ways to get to know each other and to form a Mifgash or connection.  Their Pesach project provides all of us with a window on the practice […]

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