Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774

By:
Sue Fishkoff
Why is April 3 different from all other nights? On this night, Conservative, Orthodox and some Reconstructionist Jews outside Israel will sit down to their second Passover seder, while Reform and Israeli Jews will eat as on any other night of the holiday. That's longstanding tradition. But stirring the pot are some younger American Jews returning from Israel programs, who...
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Rabbi Jerome Epstein
It is entirely possible that out of all of Passover's attractions for modern Jews, the very strongest is the opportunity to gather with family and friends. It's not as if you could not eat a seder meal alone, or with just one or two others. A seder certainly can be that small and still fulfill the mitzvah of remembering the...
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Jews around the world will gather around tables next week to celebrate the holiday of Passover. But amid the food, the wine and all the rituals of family that bind us together, a question will linger above all of our heads: How much of the seder and what it represents do we actually understand? The theme of slavery and liberation...
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Attack on Congressman Undermines Democracy As a Jew, I have no brief for the Council on American Islamic Relations, and accept for the sake of argument Jonathan Tobin's unsupported assertion that it is a "group funded largely by supporters of the Hamas terrorist organization" (A Matter of Opinion: "Stepping Over the Line," March 15). Still, I find it shameful that...
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Seder poses a challenge to the indifferent to defend Jewish rights and existence
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For all of the difficulties Israelis encounter these days, the greatest sometimes appears to be the implacable nature of this conflict in which they find themselves still embroiled. Despite the best intentions of a generation of would-be peacemakers and a host of concessions on the part of the Israelis, Arab and Muslim opinion seems even more set in its determination...
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