What makes the Passover Seder plate different from all other plates? The religious significance of each item placed on it.
Being on the journey, fully engaged in the lessons of the journey, is to be human at its best.
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Millions of Jews throughout the U.S. and around the world face a challenge each year at Passover: how to connect the biblical story of their liberation from slavery to the daily experience of life today.
There are two rabbinic assessments of the state of the Israelites at the time of the Exodus.
The holiday celebrates the Israelites’ escape from slavery in Egypt.
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Quiet the volume and listen to the noise Underneath the veins of the city that's alive art cries through the mouths of starving
No holiday would be complete without songs. Singing is common during and after the seder meal, and people raised with Jewish
Family, friends, and loud children begin to trickle in; delicious waves of gossip swell and spread. Compliments sprinkle around like sugarcoated almonds. "What a sumptuous spread." "You look more beautiful than the full moon." "How in the world do you manage?"
Every year on Passover, Jewish people recall that "once we were slaves and now we are free." We dip celery in salt water to remember the tears of the Israelites in captivity.
Passover is fast approaching, and Jews the world over are planning their annual Seders. But the sad truth is, so many Seders are as dull as a piece of plain matzo. Now yours doesn't have to be! Just follow these simple steps to host a Seder that will seriously kick some ass.
I'm all for cleanness and getting rid of junk, but the Passover cleaning actually has a far deeper meaning than mere dusting and tidying of basement closets. A person's heart is considered one's home.
Do you want to know the real meaning of Passover? Okay. Then let's start by asking, who was Pharaoh? What made him such an important villain?
In the face of the fragility of life and mighty forces of hatred and fear, many will lapse into denial or despair, making decisions from a place of spiritual defeat. This is not what our tradition asks of us. We are called to fully acknowledge the reality of evil, and lovingly perpetuate life in spite of it.
On the holiday of Shavuot, we read the story of Ruth, which teaches us that hindsight gives us the clarity to interpret prior events and intentions -- for better or worse.
We have certified more than a hundred conflict-free smelters, and watched as several of the worst mines in Congo were demilitarized.
Still, what kind of life do we live when we are filled with bitter resentment and refuse to move forward and embrace new opportunities?