Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774
By:
Saly Friedman, JE Feature
Noise. Confusion. Chaos. My mother and her sisters are jammed into the kitchen of Grandmom Goldberg's tiny house in Northeast Philadelphia, arguing, laughing, carrying strange foods to a groaning table set with grandmom's fraying, lace tablecloth. My sister and I furtively pull at the unraveling threads of that cloth as the grown-ups say prayers we don't understand and let us...
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By:
Sara Esther Crispe
Why are we shocked when a beautiful young woman takes back her abusive boyfriend? Or when someone refuses to leave a horrible marriage? From the outside looking in, it is impossible to comprehend choosing to remain in an unhealthy environment. It is so easy to feel that the person should simply get out! And no doubt, one should. But it...
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By:
Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
Purim is approaching; let the merriment begin! One of the things that makes Purim so appealing is that it's a story built around intrigue within the royal court. What other Jewish holiday centers around kings, queens and palaces? The characters are easily identifiable: Esther is beautiful, Mordecai is noble, and Haman is wicked. And in this story we win, not...
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Petit Fours will make your holiday gifts extra festive
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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
Purim, the most jubilant holiday in the Jewish calendar, is a celebration of the defeat of Haman and his heinous plan to exterminate the Jews. It's a holiday where in synagogues all over the world, there's dressing up, drinking and dancing till you're dizzy -- this is a holiday where it's permitted to get drunk. Shalach manot baskets sent to...
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