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Eighth Day of Passover 5778 – African Refugees in Israel

April 10, 2018
Holot

We have spent the last week celebrating the story of our escape from Egypt. How we were oppressed and abused, our infant sons living under a death decree. We managed to escape with our lives, leaving in such a hurry our bread didn’t have time to rise. All week we’ve been eating matzah and...
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Make Your Own Haggadah

March 22, 2018
haggadah

I just finished a cool project that I’ve been wanting to do for some time – creating my own haggadah for the Passover seder. HAGGADOT.COM makes it pretty easy. I probably invested nine or ten hours in the project. They have basic templates you can use a starter, and then you can add clips...
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Passover 5776 – Freedom and Loss

April 22, 2016
Salt - Dead Sea

I went to synagogue this morning. Tonight Jews all over the world will be celebrating Passover with a seder. This morning, Jews who are “first born” observe a fast, at least until released by a “seudat mitzvah,” a ritual meal. We fast in commemoration of the death of the first born in the final...
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Don’t be Pharaoh

April 3, 2015
Don’t be Pharaoh

First published by the Jerusalem Post on April 3, 2015. This week Jews all over the world celebrate Passover — the celebration of our liberation from oppression in Egypt. One of the central messages of the holiday is, “don’t become an oppressor yourself.” The Torah commands us, “do not wrong or oppress the stranger,...
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Be a Tzaddik (Passover 5775)

March 29, 2015
Be a Tzaddik (Passover 5775)

Many Jews who used to look to the East for spirituality – Buddhism, Taoism, etc. – have discovered Jewish mysticism and eagerly study kabbalah and chasidut. I count myself among that group. Yet there are some topics in chasidut that are “challenging” for the typical liberal Jew, and one of those is the role...
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Passover: Feast of Love, Feast of Faith

April 14, 2014
Passover:  Feast of Love, Feast of Faith

Every year at our seders we explore the concept of freedom. What is it? Who’s free and who’s not? Is it about being free from Pharaoh, or being free to serve God? Is it individual freedom or collective freedom? What are we personally enslaved by? But there are other themes associated with the holiday....
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