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Four Seder Children We read about three of them In Torah this week



Parashah Bo includes a description of the Passover observance. Three times, reference is made to answering questions children may ask about it. These verses are considered the source for three of the four children in the Haggadah.

  • The rebellious child, who thinks the observance is for others, asks "What is this service for you?" (Exodus 12:26).
  • The simple child, who understands...
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“You must be joking,” I said to myself, when, shortly after we arrived in Germany, Pastorin Ursula Sieg informed me that she arranged for me to preach in a church whose pastor in those days was a Nazi and a murderer. She was not joking, but I had come to trust Pastor Sieg, who arranged every detail of our 10-week visit to Germany, implicitly – so I agreed.

Kaltenkirchen is a beautiful, picturesque village, but it is also the site of a former concentration camp where prisoners endured brutal, near-starvation conditions. Wealthy neighbors nearby lived their lives in comfort. After...

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During World War II in Lithuania, the penalty for hiding Jews was death. Nonetheless, Jura’s family extended a helping hand to mine.

Recently, members of our two families gathered around a dining room table in New York City. We came together to listen, to learn, and to reflect on acts of courage and generosity in a time of unparalleled inhumanity.

On January 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I’ll join my cousin Asya, now 86, at the United Nations. This year’s ceremony takes place in the wake of the murders of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and others in Paris – a...

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As the new director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, I watched President Obama’s State of the Union speech with fresh eyes, looking for areas where we can work with the president and Congress in the coming year to advance our Reform Movement's social justice agenda. The president noted that every decision the nation makes reflects its values. As Reform Jews, it is vital that we continue our historic work of raising our voices on behalf of values of justice and compassion. We welcome the strong spotlight President Obama shone on issues of...

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Without a doubt, Jacob Rader Marcus (1896-1995) has a rightful place in the pantheon of American Reform Judaism's most brilliant luminaries. After receiving his rabbinical ordination in 1920 from what is now Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, OH, Marcus went on to become one of Reform Judaism's best-known figures in the last half of the 20th century.

Professor Marcus served as an active member of HUC-JIR's faculty for 75 years; it is likely that he amassed the longest continuous record of service in the school's 140-...

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