Holidays

The Many Lives of a Sufganiyah: Celebrating Doughnut Diversity for Chanukah

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Gefüllte krapfen” isn’t exactly a German phrase that whets one’s appetite. In fact, the Hebrew “sufganiyot” rolls off the tongue much more smoothly. But each...
A sukkah with sheer fabric walls is lit up from the inside. Plants partially cover it in the nighttime.

Confused About Shemini Atzeret? Us Too: The ‘Hybrid Holiday’ Explained

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Schrödinger’s cat is a thought experiment used in quantum mechanics that — without getting into the hairy details — consists of a cat in...

Lag B’Omer Celebrations Go On Despite Challenges

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For the second year in a row, those who celebrated Lag B’Omer dealt with obstacles both commonplace — iffy weather — and extraordinary (you...
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Penn Commencement on Shavuot Sparks Petition

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Nearly 1,600 people signed a petition urging the University of Pennsylvania to change the date of commencement for the class of 2021. Set for May...
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What It’s Like to Celebrate Passover in Prison

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By Christopher Blackwell Over the past few years, I have been honored and blessed to experience — with good friends — some Jewish traditions and...
Seder held by HIAS for newly arrived immigrants, New York, circa 1910

Passover, Pandemic Create Eating Disorder Challenges

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As the Jewish community approaches another pandemic- era Passover, staff at the Renfrew Center, a national network of eating disorder treatment facilities, are working...
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Tales of Leaving Egypt Resonate at Passover

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“In every generation,” we read during the seder, “a person must regard himself as though he personally had gone out of Egypt, as it...
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9 Fine Kosher Wines That Work Well for Passover

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Elyse Genderson  Each Passover, the list of fine kosher wines seems to get longer. The customary four cups of wine during the seder allows for...

From Yemenite Soup to Brazilian Cheese Puffs, Passover Recipes Show Diversity of American Jewish...

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Every year at Passover, families rejoice in reenacting both religious and cultural tradition — reading from the worn family Haggadah, using the seder plate...

Celebrating Tu B’Shevat with Israel’s Seven Species

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By Jennifer Starrett | Contributing Writer Celebrating Tu B’Shevat — the new year for trees — with dishes made up of the seven species of...