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Chol Hamoed
Chol Hamoed

Most holidays in western society last for a single day, which is often extended into the weekend. And while most people are aware that Chanukah is celebrated for 8 days, many people are surprised to learn that…

Pesach: What’s in a Name?
Pesach: What’s in a Name?

The name of the holiday “Passover,” is an allusion to God’s passing over the Israelite households during the plague of the firstborn, a critical element in…

Singing Praises
Singing Praises

The prophets of the Jewish people ordained that the Hallel be recited on special occasions and celebrations [like Yom Tov], and at times of…

Jewish Community Shootings Show that Terrorism Aimed at One Group Attacks All of Us
Jewish Community Shootings Show that Terrorism Aimed at One Group Attacks All of Us

…by being Jewish, she faces a real threat. It’s a menacing fear that dares her to discount it.

Setting the Seder Table
Setting the Seder Table

Before beginning the Seder, it is important to make certain that everything necessary is available. No Seder table is complete without…

Can You Count To 49?
Can You Count To 49?

There is a commandment (Leviticus 23:15) to count the 49 days that immediately follow the first night of Passover and, on the 50th night, to celebrate…

Fast of the Firstborns
Fast of the Firstborns

There has always been a lot of pressure on firstborn children, as they were often expected to care for the family property or business in order to ensure stability within the community. Even in modern society, the firstborn usually…

The Great Shabbat
The Great Shabbat

The Shabbat immediately preceding Passover is known as Shabbat HaGadol, the Great Shabbat. It is best known for…

The Afikomen
The Afikomen

Those who have attended a Passover Seder know that one of the most beloved Seder traditions involves hiding the afikomen. But what exactly is the afikomen?

Let It Burn
Let It Burn

As Passover Eve approaches, Jews around the world work hard to make certain that no chametz remains in their possession. The food in the cupboards is consumed, the house is cleaned from top to bottom and, on the night before the Seder…

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