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Chaim Luviner serving in the IDF's Armored Corps. Credit: Courtesy.

From the Holocaust to the IDF: Grandfather and grandson share a story of survival...

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As Israel prepared to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day, a grandfather who survived the Nazi atrocities in Poland and his grandson shared a powerful story of survival and continuity. Chaim Luviner, born in 1933 in Poland,...
Six of the Bernstein siblings taken in Ylakiai, Lithuania, February 1933. Top row, from left: Arye-Leib, Ida and Benzion; bottom row, from left: Rivka, Menachem and Hinda. They were all murdered in the Holocaust except for Ida, who immigrated to Eretz Israel (Mandatory Palestine) on Feb. 5, 1933, taking this photo with her. Credit: Yad Vashem.

Yad Vashem online exhibit emphasizes the power of family

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The world will mark Yom Hashoah—Holocaust Memorial Day—on April 7-8 with particular attention on the 80th anniversary of a campaign against the Jews of Eastern Europe that was nothing short of mass murder. This...
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The most unlikely Passover seder

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On the eve of Passover, I was one of 13 people driving through the rolling sand dunes between Abu Dhabi and the remote Arabian Nights Bedouin Village on the way to celebrating a most...

Recipe: Gluten-Free Brownies for Passover

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Recipe: Eva Giesener , z”l;  Recipe Research and Twist: Jeffery Giesener  “Mit Nuts or Ohne Nut’s”… That what my Mom used to ask us as she always made two batches of her delish brownies for...
Sephardic Passover customs include Bibhilu, a Moroccan ritual. Photo courtesy of Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

Sephardic envy at Passover time

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Passover is here, and I am triggered. Every Ashkenazi Jew gets a little Sephardic-envy this time of year thinking about all the rice our fellow Jews will be eating while we suffer through a kitniyot lockdown....
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This Passover, a song of thanks

It’s hard to believe that only a year has passed since Passover of 5780 (2020). Since the late Rabbi Menachem Mendel Gafner of blessed memory reinstated the tradition of the Priestly Blessing some 50...

First ever book about the Jewish festivals for emerging Jewish communities released in time...

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“Hands-On Jewish Holidays”, a book about the Jewish festivals specifically targeted to emerging Jewish communities, those communities who are discovering Jewish ancestry and wishing to reconnect to the traditions of their ancestors, has been...

A very special Pesach

Today I must give thanks for the perseverance of our people and the cultivation of the traditions that, like Pesach, are transmitted generation after generation through the education that our Imams and Sabbaths gave...
Members of the Bnei Menashe community in India make matzah prior to Passover, March 2021. Credit: Samuel Suantak, courtesy of Shavei Israel.

Lost tribe of Bnei Menashe in northeast India prepares Passover matzah

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The Bnei Menashe community in the remote northeastern Indian state of Manipur began preparing for Passover earlier this week, including by baking matzah at the Shavei Israel Hebrew Center in Churachandpur. The Bnei Menashe, or sons of...
Natan Sharansky, released by the Soviet Union in an exchange of prisoners by the U.S. authorities, with his wife, Avital, at Ben-Gurion International Airport in Israel, 1986. Photo by Israel Simionsky, Dan Hadani Archive, Pritzker Family National Photography Collection, National Library of Israel.

In time for holiday, National Library of Israel launches ‘Passover Memories’ project

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The National Library of Israel has launched the “Passover Memories” project to share personal stories from a number of prominent figures who celebrated the holiday under “normal” and not-so-normal circumstances. The project includes Natan Sharansky’s...