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Pesach signifies the joining of the Jewish people

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Passover has been described as the “Independence Day of the Jewish People”—the day of our national liberation. It is possible to describe the exodus from Egypt as the moment Jewish peoplehood was founded. The fact...

Return to Eden

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Dear Reader — if you are looking to be happy, creative, in harmony with God and with the universe, the Torah has the answer — Return to the Source. When we speak about Returning to...
Young Israelis light candles for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah at a bar in Tel Aviv on Dec. 8, 2015. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Study of American, Israeli Jews shows differences in Hanukkah observance

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A new study reveals that Hanukkah holds different levels of importance to Israeli Jews than American Jews, and highlights disparities in participation between Jews in the two countries. According to the newest Jewish People Policy...
More seders may take place in 2020, yet without extended family and friends due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. March 29, 2010. Photo by Flash90.

The challenges, and beauty, of this year’s Passover holiday

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In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared complete lockdown for Passover Seder night, threatening arrest or a fine to anyone found on the streets. No, he wasn’t overreacting, and he’s not planning on turning...
JDC volunteers safely deliver matzah to elderly Jews in locations around the former Soviet Union, including in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, home to the country's largest Jewish community, April 2020. Credit: Courtesy.

JDC deploys digital Passover resources to connect global Jewish communities

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To connect the global Jewish community for its first Passover in the age of social distancing, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, or JDC, is deploying special online and digital holiday tools to help...
Cheesecake topped with lemon curd. Credit: Pixabay.

It’s Shavuot, get a little cheesy

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It’s that time of year again when cheesecakes galore are popping up all over the place. To be honest, I’m not the biggest fan, but this recipe is one even I enjoy. The actual...
Hanukkah menorah. Credit: Pixabay.

This Hanukkah amid the darkness, bring on the light

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To brighten spirits amid the COVID-19 pandemic this Hanukkah, the World Zionist Organization is spearheading an online project to bring people together virtually during the eight-day “Festival of Lights,” which begins on Thursday evening. Called...
Rabbi Polichenco, with microphone, explains the significance of Chanukah as Nancy Harrison gives a hand-held light to a youngster

March of Light concludes with chanukiah lighting

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Story by Donald H. Harrison, Photos by Shor M. Masori SAN DIEGO – Undeterred by last month’s massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, or by more recent anti-Semitic vandalism in Poway, more...

Day One: SaveTheMusic Presents Hanukke Oy Hanukke a Yom Tev a Sheiner

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Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus / JPPC דער ייִדישער פֿילהאַרמאָנישער פֿאָלקסכאָר Binyumen Schaechter, conductor בנימין שעכטער, דיריגענט https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anhT8GcQj9o Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thejppc Website: http://www.TheJPPC.org Contact: information@TheJPPC.org Filmed live in performance October 14, 2018 • Merkin Concert Hall, NYC as part of the encore concert of "To Everything There...
Canadian Jewish soldiers in Palestine with workers and children from Ben Shemen on Tu B'Shvat in 1919. The sign quotes from Leviticus: "When you come to the Land, you shall plant...” Photo courtesy of Israeldailypicture.com

The Little-known Christian, Nebraskan roots of Tu B’Shvat

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It’s a little-known quirk of timing and history that the transformation of Tu B’Shvat, which in 2017 fell on Feb. 11, from an obscure Kabbalistic holiday to its current incarnation can trace its origins...