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Dipping Plagues
Dipping Plagues

On the night of the Seder, and whenever one recounts the story of the Exodus, the recitation of the 10 plagues presents a particularly dramatic moment. It is interesting to note that…

Seek The Answer
Seek The Answer

The Four Questions (Mah Nishtana - What makes it different?) is one of the most famous features of the Passover Seder. Why ask them? Well…

The Beauty of the Book
The Beauty of the Book

Illuminated manuscripts inlaid with gold leaf and spectacularly illustrated are most often associated with the Medieval church (the Gospels, Psalters, etc), where texts were generally hand-copied until…

Kitniyot and Gerbrouchts…Oh You Ashkenazim
Kitniyot and Gerbrouchts…Oh You Ashkenazim

Ashkenazi or Sephardi? Hungarian, Yekke (German), Lithuanian?At no other time on the Jewish calendar is it so important to know your ancestry as it is on Passover…

Seeing Through Deceptions
Seeing Through Deceptions

The Exodus from Egypt, which culminated in the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, was a defining moment in Jewish history. Not only does the Torah narrate the events of the Exodus, but, quite a few of the mitzvot are specifically mandated with a refer…

The Cedar and the Hyssop: A Lesson In Humility
The Cedar and the Hyssop: A Lesson In Humility

One of the most challenging categories of Jewish law is the one associated with lashon harah…

The Queen of Beauty
The Queen of Beauty

Helena Rubinstein was 23 years old when she emigrated to Coleraine, Victoria, Australia. Born in Cracow in December 1870, Rubinstein was the…

Jokes On Us
Jokes On Us

“Knock. Knock” “Who’s There?” “Jewish” “Jewish Who?” “Jewish Treats”….Ok, not so funny, but, when you get to the bottom of it, April Fools Day (or All Fools Day) is hardly a Jewish holiday. Wait, perhaps you are wondering how a …

OMG! Passover is Coming
OMG! Passover is Coming

The intensive physical and emotional preparations for Passover come from one seemingly simple commandment…

Parasha of the Month
Parasha of the Month

This Shabbat is Parashat HaChodesh, the Sabbath of “The Month.”The Torah portion that is read as the Maftir (additional reading) after the conclusion of the reading of the regular weekly Torah portion, commands that the Jewish p…

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