Holidays

Rabbi Eli Gurevitz is a white man with a long, dark beard wearing a black suit and hat. He is surrounded by a few children and onlookers as he tends to a small fire in his driveway.

Spring Cleaning for Chametz a ‘Labor of Love’

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Right about now, the backyards of some Jewish households are becoming five-star restaurants for Philadelphia’s squirrels, birds and deer. Leavened cookies, cakes and bread buried...

Passover Desserts Put to the (Taste) Test

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Passover starts in a week, which means it’s almost time to eat matzah pizza for every meal. OK then, that’s a tasty unleavened option for...
In the sanctuary of a synagogue, dozens of children and adults dressed up pose sloppily for a group picture.

Unmasking the Origins of Purim Costumes

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A hot dog, an emoji and Superman walk into a synagogue — and there’s no punchline. It’s the reality for Allan Rosenblatt, owner of...

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...