• Rabbi Deren

    Get out – it’s a pyramid scheme!

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    A few years back, some friends of mine were trapped in a terrible pyramid scheme. Basically, they were invited to get involved in a wildly profitable property development in which by merely signing on to the venture with zero equity and almost minimal exposure, they stood to make a small fortune.
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    • JTACartoonCharacter

    Cartoon matzah character is huge in Holland – and not just among Jews

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    (JTA) Anywhere else in Europe, a muscular cartoon character named Max the Matzah would have amounted to little more than an inside Jewish joke.
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    • JTAHaggadah

    Passover Haggadah now in graphic novel form

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    (JTA) At Passover each year, we are reminded that even though the original story is generations old, we are supposed to engage with the narrative as if we were slaves in Egypt. Unfortunately, most Haggadahs are about as engaging as a Maxwell House percolator.
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    • JTAPittsburghVictimRelative

    Combating anti-Semitism with love and matzah

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    (JTA) Joyce Fienberg was a connector. Bringing people together for a holiday meal was incredibly important to her. This didn’t just apply to her family. She invited people she met on world travels, her students from the University of Pittsburgh, colleagues. She loved connecting people of all different backgrounds, and they’d have riveting discourse over Thanksgiving or Rosh Hashanah meals and, especially, Passover seders.
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    • RabbiSackstein

    Achieving greatness with Shabbat Hagadol

    Apr 11, 2019 Go comment!
    This Shabbat bears the title of being Shabbat Hagadol – the Great Shabbat. There are many reasons advanced as to why the Shabbat that precedes the great holiday of Pesach is called Shabbat Hagadol.
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    • ParshaKievemanShemos

    Are you ready for Pesach?

    Apr 04, 2019 Go comment!
    Pesach is steadily approaching. The sights, sounds, and smells of Yom Tov already fill the air of Jewish homes everywhere. Schools have been teaching kids the four questions, shuls are booming with holiday studies, shops’ shelves are stocked with a multitude of fabulous new products, and some lucky guests are booked for The Pesach Retreat.
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    • RabbiLandau

    Meeting life’s challenges

    Mar 28, 2019 Go comment!
    In this week’s parshah, the time arrived for Aaron and his children to take their privileged places as the Kohanim in the tabernacle. Aaron is asked to perform a sin-offering, which is performed with a calf.
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    • RabbiJuliaMargolis

    May these young women unlearn all the hate

    Mar 22, 2019 1 Comment
    When the month of Adar begins, it is understood that we should increase our joy. Adar is the month in which we celebrate Purim, and it is a time to be filled with much happiness.
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    • ParshaRabbiWidmonte

    Happy intersectional Purim

    Mar 14, 2019 Go comment!
    One of the questions that haunts the story of Purim and moves silently through the lines of the Megillah is clear and chillingly simple: How could Jews have chosen to remain in Persian Shushan? It was so clearly an environment in which anti-Semitism was so prevalent that a genocide could be planned and almost implemented without comment by broader society.
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    • RabbiKagan

    What it took for Esther to find her courage

    Mar 14, 2019 Go comment!
    An attentive listener to the Megillah reading on Purim may notice a transformation in the character of Esther, for whom the story is named. She emerges from her protective palatial cocoon, where her natural beauty won the eyes of the Persian king, to become a powerful and courageous queen.
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    • Jewish-Islam

    History shows many versions of the Purim story

    Mar 14, 2019 Go comment!
    Purim is a unique festival during which we celebrate the miraculous deliverance of the Jewish community of Shushan from the designs of the grand vizier of Persia, Haman. Or is it?
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    No more Mr Nice Guy: Mordechai’s intervention in the narrative of Esther

    Mar 14, 2019 Go comment!
    There is a beautiful idea in Judaism, that G-d looked into the Torah and created the world. Although it is unlikely that G-d literally peered into a hand-written Torah scroll to create the world, this mystical teaching about the origins of our universe conveys a profound truth. We are not, as some would have us believe, random atoms, hurtling into an abyss of uncertainty.
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    • JewsandBooze

    Jews and alcohol – and the close bond between them

    Mar 14, 2019 Go comment!
    Think of a Prohibition era bootlegger and you probably imagine an Italian accent, bespoke suit and Tommy gun. But you would be just as correct to replace that image with a Yiddish accent, long black coat and dangling payot.
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    It's Purim – let’s eat!

    Mar 14, 2019 Go comment!
    South Africans enjoy yeast dough Hamantaschen. Well, I definitely prefer them to the biscuit version. Their soft, delicious, bread-like texture makes them mouth-wateringly tempting. With all the wonderful fillings you get these days, it’s no wonder they just get more and more popular. Dulce de leche, jam, mohn (poppy seed), cheese, cinnamon and raisins, cranberries and apples, peanut butter, chocolate and halva, and my latest version; pear, ginger and caramel. Of course, being the butcher’s wife, a savoury Hamantaschen goes down well in our home. So here’s what I’m making to go with my leek and potato soup on Purim.
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    • PURIMSimonApfel

    Seymour Spitz: Our forgotten toothbrush titan

    Mar 14, 2019 2 Comments
    You tear through the psychedelic packaging and, in a state of reverence, take it gently by the rubber grip, feeling the control. You marvel at the sleek design, running your thumb over the bristles.
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    • ParshaRabbiPink

    Ancient words apt for modern times

    Mar 14, 2019 Go comment!
    Did you know that the Megillah, which is read every year on the holiday of Purim, is the only book in the entire Tanach – the books of the Torah, the prophets and scripture – in which G-d’s name does not appear even once?
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    • RabbiStern

    From anti-Semitism to aerospace travel

    Mar 07, 2019 Go comment!
    Modern-day miracles are hard to come by. We are different to the way we were in the past. However, from time to time, we get a sneak peek into the miraculous ways of G-d. Take the story of Alex Friedman.
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    • RabbiRyanGoldstein (2)

    Mathematics of the Mishkan

    Feb 28, 2019 Go comment!
    Parshat Vayakhel details the construction of the vessels for the Mishkan, and the building of the Mishkan itself.
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    • RabbiNossel

    Torah stories for grown-ups

    Feb 21, 2019 Go comment!
    It boggles the mind. Why is so much Torah-coverage given to the subject of an elaborate tent-structure called the tabernacle? The verses that relate to the tabernacle’s construction seem to go on and on. They fill not one, but four weekly portions.
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    • RabbiAriShishler

    Ain’t it a joy to complain?

    Feb 14, 2019 Go comment!
    Sol visits his old friend, Abe, who has recently acquired a new dog.
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