Sacrificial blood Placed on ears, thumbs and big toes Of Aaron and sons Exodus 8:22-24 He brought forward the ... ram of ordination ... and it was slaughtered. Moses took some of its blood and put it on the ridge of Aaron's right ear, and on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot. Moses then brought forward the sons of Aaron, and put some of the blood on the ridges of their right ears, and on the thumbs of their right hands, and on the big toes of their right feet; and the rest of the blood Moses dashed against every side... Read More
Jews all over the world will begin to celebrate Passover on Friday, April 3, 2015, with a ritualized meal called the seder, a Hebrew word meaning “order” that refers to the order of the prayers that are recited and the symbolic foods that are eaten prior to a fancy meal. The purpose of the seder is to tell the story of the liberation of the Israelites from the Egyptian slavery.
Passover is a popular family holiday, primarily observed in the home. Even though rabbinic Judaism portrays the festival solely as...Read More
We often talk at the seder about the Four Children: the Wise, the Wicked, the Simple, and the Silent children (or, as the last is often called, the Child Who Does Not Know How To Ask). We see a little of ourselves in each child as we discuss their place in the seder and how we explain to them the story of Passover. Do we tell them that we were there together at Sinai, including them in their legacy, or do we exclude them and criticize their apathy?
This year, as we consider Passover’s Four Children as we sit...Read More
More than 225,000 people passed through the doors of the Israeli Children’s Museum in Holon last year, where they experienced three interactive exhibits designed to show visitors the many ways that various demographics – namely deaf, blind, and aged populations – experience the world. Through these exhibits, the museum operates as a miniature social laboratory, devoted to promoting tolerance and pluralism, and accepting differences among people.
The museum’s Dialogue in the Dark exhibition, which opened in 2004, has...Read More
Growing up in rural Massachusetts, Judaism held a much different context in my life than it does now. Until college, I did Judaism, mimicking the motions of being a "good Jew." I didn't combine milk and meat in my house because my father told me not to. We attended High Holiday services because...well...that's what we did every year. We cooked latkes for my peers on Hanukkah and explained the seder plate on...Read More
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