Category Archives: April 2017

Twenty Twenty

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FOR SEVERAL SHABBOSIM in a row, I’d noticed a beautiful young woman sitting on the right side of the women’s section, balancing an extremely large Artscroll siddur (prayerbook) on her lap, and an even larger Chumash (Pentateuch). Like most of us, she knew the service almost by heart. The Torah reading and subsequent Haftarah reading is always sung aloud, and we ... Read More »

The Four Sons

Children participating at a Passover seder

Anyone who has spent a morning toting a toddler on errands or navigated a strained chat with a teen about technology overuse, has undoubtedly experienced the range of personality traits found among the Four Sons in the Passover haggadah: the Wise, the Wicked, the Indifferent and the Unaware. Passover is a time of deep introspection and reflection, about the world, ... Read More »

PJ Library: The Power of Storytelling 

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More than any other Jewish holiday, Passover is celebrated in the home with family and friends. And at the core of this celebration is the telling of our story marking the beginning of the journey to peoplehood. The Haggadah is our story book and guide, the seder is the place where it is read, the seder plate holds many of ... Read More »

Being Present for Passover

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This year I challenge you to make your Seder very different – to make it relevant and engaging – a night to remember.  As we dip an egg into the salt water, let’s dip into creating meaningful  experiences and memories, building traditions that last a lifetime and bind us to future generations, that makes Passover memorable and fun, that people ... Read More »

Haroset – A New Twist On An Old Favorite

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LET’S FACE IT.  There was an awful lot of kvetching as Moses led our ancestors out of Egypt. The Israelites whined about the food – “We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic” (Numbers 11:5). They whined about the lack of water. And ... Read More »

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