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BY Esther Kustanowitz 4/21/2014

During shiva for my mother, my father gathered my brothers and me to share a letter in which she expressed some musings and last wishes. The letter also said that as the sole daughter, I had inherited her jewelry box.

BY Margie Bogdanow 4/17/2014

For as long as I can remember (and even longer, as evidenced through old photos!), I have sat around a table the first night of Passover with a large group of family.

BY Dr. Ruth Nemzoff 4/10/2014

When we travel or eat out, many of us are gastronomic adventurers. We crave new tastes and textures. We literally get tastes of cultures. Some of us even break the rules.

BY Rabbi Laura Novak Winer, RJE 4/09/2014

I really struggle with my Passover preparations each year. I am always busy, busy, busy, and I have trouble finding the time to do the rigorous cleaning that I’d like to do.

Rings and Things: Remembering Loss, Moving Toward Life BY Esther Kustanowitz
Why Is This Year Different? BY Margie Bogdanow
Making Everyone Feel Comfortable at Your Holiday Dinner BY Dr. Ruth Nemzoff
Chametz: It’s Always in Our Lives BY Rabbi Laura Novak Winer, RJE

During shiva for my mother, my father gathered my brothers and me to share a letter in which she expressed some musings and last wishes. The letter also said that as the sole daughter, I had inherited her jewelry box.

In the room in which I had grown up in the 1970s, I opened the box to see the necklaces, bracelets, rings and clip-on earrings my mother had collected. She had not worn them much over the last 16 years, as she grew considerably weaker from an illness she preferred to keep private.

Most of the jewelry was gifts from people who never knew how little my mother...

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Imagine a world without Torah, the Jewish Bible.

On Shabbat, synagogues around the world are devastated to find their scrolls have vanished. Bible study groups find only dust on the shelves. Many are heartbroken by the sudden loss of our holy book: the Torah, the foundation of the Christian Old Testament, and a common heritage with Muslims. Civil rights leaders have lost the myths to which many turn for inspiration in dark times. The world's wisdom literature has a sudden, tragic void.

The word Torah can be...

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For as long as I can remember (and even longer, as evidenced through old photos!), I have sat around a table the first night of Passover with a large group of family. From the small dining room at my grandparents’ house to the little-bit-larger dining room in my parents’ home, to the even-larger family room at our old home in Lexington, MA, and finally to the combined dining/family room referred to by our contractor as "the seder room" at our home in Cambridge, MA. The room has always been full – sometimes so full that it felt like the...

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Pre-Shabbat in Jerusalem is digestion time. On Friday mornings in my neighborhood of Baka, the main avenue teems with voracious brunch-devourers eager to squish a weekend's worth of consumption into one extended meal. As Shabbat preparations commence and stores rush to fulfill orders for 30 hours of commercial hiatus (shops close here!), unemployed students like me seize the moment to click out of Morfix1 and into Israel. Digestion for me is 25 percent brunch and 75 percent psychology. While I scoop labne (Israeli yogurt)...

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A prayer for the people of Kansas City and the Jewish community after yesterday’s deadly violence targeting the Overland Park JCC and Village Shalom assisted living home. Here are links to two prayers for individual victims: “At the Hand of Anti-Semitism: A Yizkor Prayer” and “At the Hand of...

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