Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774

April is the cruelest month ... " Perhaps T.S. Eliot never prepared for a Passover seder. Then again, maybe he did. Anyone can link his words to the cruelty this month that's involved in scrubbing refrigerator shelves; cleaning out cabinets; and shopping and cooking for the holiday. Even if you didn't go the extra mile in preparing for unleavened foods,...
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If There's a Scarcity, It's Not in New Jersey In response to the letter by Janna Walsh ("Why Is There a Scarcity of Truly Inspiring Rabbis?" April 17), I realize she was referring to the Reform movement, so I cannot comment on what she said directly. However, I can say that my shul, Temple Beth Sholom in Cherry Hill, N.J.,...
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"Let all who are hungry come and eat." It's a central tenet of our Passover seder, yet how often do we stop and reflect on the powerful message that this line imparts -- the mandate to remember the hungry. In all probability, most of us will not be sharing our seders with those who are truly hungry, those who don't...
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Letter-Writer's Assertions Were a Little Skewed Although I appreciated someone reading and responding to my March 24 opinion piece, "Jews Have a Right to Live in Israel, Anywhere They Choose," it is unfortunate that the gentleman who wrote is not entirely accurate in his assertions. First, the Ramban (Nachmanides) does not say that the mitzvot are required to be observed...
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Jonathan D. Sarna
The 150th anniversary of the Civil War is upon us. April 12 marked the firing on Fort Sumter, the war's opening shot. From now until the April 9, 2015 anniversary of Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House and five days later of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, every major event in the "ordeal of the union" seems likely to be...
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