Holidays

First Person: On Rosh Hashanah, I Didst Laugh

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A stranger tells Sarah that she’s going to have a baby, and she laughs; it’s well past the time for such things. When God...
shofar next to siddur

Shanah Tovah! A Message From the Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia

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The Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia On Rosh Hashanah eve, Sephardic communities recite a liturgical poem called “Ahot Ketanah.” Each stanza closes with the...
woman and child in masks outdoors at table with boxes

High Holiday Kits Turn Homes Into Sanctuaries

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Candles. Honey. Challah. Decorations. These are just some of the items being packed into boxes and bags at synagogues across the country this fall. The packages...
boys in masks in synagogue sanctuary

Some Philly-Area Shuls Are Planning for In-Person High Holiday Services

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The mystics teach that on Rosh Hashanah, God pauses to reflect on creation, and the universe enters a state of suspended animation. In that...
Lisa Litman

Jewish Philly Celebrates Shavuot Online

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Jewish organizations are helping Philadelphians celebrate a socially distant Shavuot with virtual events and study sessions. Center City Kehillah, which usually hosts an all-night interdenominational...
The Spinka family cozies up for a bonfire. From left: Tehilla, Sara, Devora, Yoni, Shua and Avrami Spinka

Wind Doesn’t Halt Lag B’Omer Bonfires

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The evening of Lag B’Omer 5780 — also known as May 11 — was windy and unseasonably cold. Not exactly ideal conditions to celebrate...
Jason Alexander, upper right, invites non-Jews Josh Groban, upper left, Darren Criss, lower left and Rachel Brosnahan to join in a virtual Seder webcast on YouTube, April 11, 2020.

Celebrity-Studded Seder Raises $2.6M for Charity

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By Ron Kampeas / JTA With its glittering assembly of stars, jokes that worked and attendees who could, well, sing, it was the Zoom Seder...
Angry young woman has disagreement with annoyed old mother in law, grown daughter arguing fighting quarreling with senior elderly mom, different age generations bad relations family conflict concept

Avoiding Confrontations at Passover

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There’s the presidential election. There’s the coronavirus pandemic. There are massive layoffs around the country. And, on top of all of that, people will...
Jewish holiday Passover banner design with wine, matzo on wooden background.

How Do You Mark Passover When Gluten-Free?

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Debbie Greenberg’s son, Aaron Mazer, was diagnosed with celiac disease at the age of 17. For Mazer, that meant the end of school cafeteria lunches,...
Susie Green, wife of Larry’s best friend Jeff (all three pictured here), is Larry’s antagonist-in-chief, and vice versa.

Three Picks for Passover in Film, TV

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At Passover, we recall the 10 plagues, recite the four questions, have two seders and leave one cup empty for Elijah. And now, here are...