Sunday, May 3, 2015 Iyyar 14, 5775
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Dasee Berkowitz, JTA
What woman has changed your life? My toddler intuited his answer when he said to me, "Thank you, ima , for making me." That's right, folks -- mothers, hands down, have probably had the single biggest impact on our lives. Giving birth to children is probably one of the most courageous -- not to mention painful -- things that women...
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Talk about a tech-minded culture: This Passover season, you can get rid of chametz with the help of your cell phone. Seriously. A free iPhone app just released by New York software development company RustyBrick provides guidance for seeking, selling and destroying the leavened goods. The app includes rabbinic explanations of the Jewish laws regarding the removal of chametz prior...
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Leah Koenig, JTA
One of the secrets about the Jewish calendar is that many of the holidays have agricultural subtexts, which over time have been muted or lost completely under the historical and religious themes that were layered on top of them. Two of these -- Sukkot and Shavuot -- have maintained a relatively transparent relationship to their earthy roots. But finding the...
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Edmon J. Rodman
Los Angeles In every generation, the Haggadah tells us, the wise, the simple, the non-askers and even the baddies are obligated to see themselves as though they themselves actually had come out from Egypt. Unfortunately, the closest many of us come to this ideal is a stroll through the Passover aisle of our neighborhood supermarket. Why does Passover have to...
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At Emily Coplon's home, Passover cleaning started in mid-March. With five children and upwards of 25 guests at each seder, Coplon said, it's a challenge to make sure the holiday doesn't feel more like a stressor than a simcha. While getting organized is a year-round task, the topic is especially prescient with spring cleaning and Passover fast approaching. For some...
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