Posts Tagged: *Passover

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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My Musical Haggadah: Israeli Music Retells the Story of Our Exodus



by Yehudit Werchow “וַאֲפִילוּ כֻּלָּנוּ חֲכָמִים כֻּלָּנוּ נְבוֹנִים / כֻּלָּנוּ יוֹדְעִים אֶת הַתּוֹרָה / מִצְוָה עָלֵינוּ לְסַפֵּר בִּיצִיאַת מִצְרָיִם” Even though all of us are wise, understanding and knowing of the Torah, we  are still obligated to tell the story of our Exodus from Egypt. My Haggadah is a musical one. The themes of Pesach […]

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Galilee Diary: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke



…So I know the sea was not split in vain Deserts not crossed in vain – If at the end of the story stand Daddy and the kid Looking forward and knowing their turn will come. -from “The Kid of the Haggadah” by Nathan Alterman (trans. Arthur Waskow and Judy Spelman) It is interesting to […]

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D’var Torah, Yom Rishon shel Pesach: That’s My Story and I’m Sticking to It



by Billy Dreskin “And you shall explain to your child on that day, ‘It is because of what the Eternal did for me when I went free from Egypt.’ And this shall serve you as a sign on your hand and as a reminder on your forehead—in order that the Teaching of the Eternal may […]

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The Power of Pesach



by Rabbi Henry Jay Karp Over 30 years ago, I read an article which reported a statistical study of Jewish observances. The big news in that article was that while many Jews assumed that the most observed Jewish holiday of the year is Yom Kippur, the statistics indicated that by a wide margin it is […]

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#BlogExodus: A Personal Tale of Exodus



Inspired by Ima on (and off) the Bima‘s #BlogExodus initiative, this is the first in an occasional series of posts loosely tied to Passover. Once upon a time there was a beautiful wedding except that the bride walked down the aisle right into Mitzrayim.  Thankfully, she didn’t stay there quite as long as the Israelites, […]

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#BlogExodus and #Exodusgram



There’s always a lot to get done to prepare for the holiday of Pesach. Not only do we have to get our homes ready for the week of leaven-free dining, there’s an important spiritual aspect to preparing ourselves for the experience of the Exodus. Luckily, there are a couple of weeks prior to Passover in […]

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Mah Nishtanah? How is Your Seder Different from All Other Seders?



Recent seasonal discussion on the URJ’s iWorship list-serv has centered, naturally, on Passover rituals, and certainly for no other holiday do we give so much ritual attention to food Bob Korngold got the conversation started with his reminiscences of a seder he conducted in Japan when he was in the military, for which the Jewish […]

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Show Us Your Matzah Balls!



Passover is among the most celebrated of all Jewish holidays, and we want to know how you do it. Share your holiday stories, recipes, and photos for inclusion in a special Facebook album on the URJ Facebook page. Send us your submissions here. You can also join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #showusyourmatzahballs. […]

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Passover – Family Rituals



By Leah Citrin The truth is, I never realized quite how many family rituals exist in my family’s seder until last year when, for the first time in 24 years, I was not with them for Passover. I was in Jerusalem, which is a great place to be, but there is no question that without […]

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A Recipe for Preparing a Congregational Seder



by Cantor Alane Katzew A congregational seder is a wonderful way for a small congregation to build community while sharing the experience of the Exodus. While it can be daunting for one person, when the work is shared and delegated among many according to their interests and abilities, the results can be awesome, educational and […]

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Haggadot of Pesach



By Barry Shainker What makes a Passover seder special? Maybe it’s the meal? Or is it the people we dine with? Perhaps it is the ancient songs that we join together in singing. Indeed all of these aspects of the evening contribute to the beauty of the event, but it is the haggadah that makes […]

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