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At Passover Seders each year, we recite the Haggadah’s timeless instructions to regard ourselves as having personally lived through the events of the Exodus. The Seder itself is designed to help us envision our participation in the story. We dip parsley into saltwater to remember the tears we shed in Egypt, and we munch on spicy, bitter horseradish in an attempt to replicate a little of the misery we experienced as slaves.
But how far can saltwater and horseradish really take us? For most of my life, when I pictured ancient Egypt, I thought of the 1956 epic film, The Ten Commandments. The sets were opulent, and I loved Anne Baxter’s gorgeous robes and headdresses as she played Nefertiti, queen of Egypt.
Years later, when I caught the
Traditional shmurah matzah was still a rarity in post-WWII New York
First in a two-part series on the dramatic growth in the use of handmade shmurah matzah in the last 60 years.
There’s nothing more pleasant on a cold New York winter’s day than the smell of freshly baking matzah wafting up the street. Outside the Lubavitch Matzah Bakery’s metal doors in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood, sits the world as it is, cold and blustery; inside it is Passover. They have been baking handmade
Over 150 Rabbonim, family and friends joined the Rabbinical Alliance of America - Igud HaRabbonim at "The Bridge" on Flatbush Avenue on Sunday, February 26th (Rosh Chodesh Adar) to observe the first yahrzeit seudah of the longtime Director and Menahel of the Igud, HaGaon HaRav Gershon Tannenbaum, ZT” L. At the Yahrzeit Observance, the Igud commemorated the life and legacy of Rabbi Tannenbaum, ZT” L by launching of a new historical initiative of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, C.A.S.P
Bukharian Jewish Leaders Meet, Lay Groundwork for new North American rabbinate
An historic gathering took place on Sunday (9 Shevat/February 5) at Yeshiva Ohel Simcha in Kew Gardens Hills, wherein some of the New York Bukharian community's leading rabbis and askanim met to discuss the future of their community, not just in Queens, but throughout North America.
The meeting opened with divrei Torah and words of encouragement (in Hebrew—all of the day's proceedings were conducted in the Holy
Bond in unity and stand up as proud Jews
As anti-Semitic incidents rise at an alarming rate, I am listening carefully to the message of Purim.
The Jewish people were frightened, faced with threat of annihilation. Haman’s hatred hung over the nation like a dark cloud. King Achashverosh told Haman “to do with as you see fit.” Letters were sent with permission to “destroy, to slay, and to exterminate all the Jews, from young to old, children and women…”
In such dire circumstances who could keep