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Old gravestone with Hebrew lettering

“I knew your father, of blessed memory, in Bendin,” the elderly man informed me in the midst of a bar mitzvah party.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Hand holding cell phone with icons visible

When I had my bar mitzvah two years ago, my parents wrote an inspiring message in the back of my prayer book, stressing the importance of remembering my Jewish roots and carrying on traditions impo

Andy Lebowitz
Black and white photo from Yad Vashem showing 1940s Jews observing a seder in the ghetto

Have you ever noticed that when we teach the Holocaust, we let the perpetrators dictate the story for us?

Dr. Deborah Fripp
Arial view of Masada

Aretha Franklin lays it all out on the greasy diner floor, truly giving us something to “Think” about as she attempts to keep her

Uri M. Feinberg
Elaborately set seder table awaiting diners

In my childhood, as one of a few Jewish families in central Maine, our family celebrated Passover by ourselves.

Courtney Naliboff
Individual hands each holding a puzzle piece

One of the most resonant prayers in the new Reform prayer book, Mishkan T’filah, didn’t start out as a prayer a

Rabbi Jessica Oleon Kirschner
Little girl with curly brown hair holding matzah up close to her face as if to break it

That Passover coincides with my sons’ school break is not a coincidence; the break also encompasses Easter, and, of course, teachers and families

Deborah Goldberg
Sign-post with these signs: questions, answers

Asking questions is an integral part of the Passover seder. This is a night of questioning.

Rabbi P.J. Schwartz
Matzah brei with green onion garnish on a plate

With less than a week until Passover, housecleaning, matzah-ball making, and other essential preparations are well underway in

Jane E. Herman
Closeup of a womans hands holding a book as she reads on a lawn

You know the story: When the Israelites made their exodus from Egypt, they fled in such haste that they did not have time to grab even some light reading.

Victor Wishna (JTA)


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