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Backyard barbecue at home with the fire pit

This year, Lag B’Omer will perhaps be more joyful than ever before. As we head into late spring, along with bursts of sunshine and increasing numbers of those vaccinated, families and friends, feeling a...
Huntsman Hall at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Petition calls on U Penn to move graduation ceremony planned on Shavuot

More than 1,300 students and alumni of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia have signed a petition urging the school to move the date of this year’s commencement ceremony, as it conflicts with the Jewish holiday...
Shmurah matzah. Credit: Chabad.org.

Pesach basics: ‘Alef-bet’ on how to prep a seder at home

The Jewish holiday of Passover—the celebration of Jewish freedom—is traditionally spent with family and friends. But with the coronavirus curtailing travel plans and social interactions, many are facing the prospect of celebrating Passover alone. “It...
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Pesach: War of Worldcraft

Like most kids, ours spend a lot of time on their gadgets. We brought them into the world with the hope they might savor the gift of life. Or at least ride their bikes...
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OneTable offers resources and guidance for meaningful, safe Passover seders

At a time when people are feeling isolated and in need of meaningful connection, OneTable, which empowers people to envision new rituals and build community through Shabbat dinner experiences, is helping boost the Passover seder. To...
Israeli children dressed in costume arrive at school in Sderot ahead of the Purim holiday, Feb. 24, 2021. Photo by Flash90.

Cabinet approves Purim curfew to head off COVID-19 outbreak

Israel’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved a nighttime curfew for the Purim holiday weekend in an attempt to forestall a spike in COVID-19 infections due to parties and gatherings. Starting Thursday night, the eve of...
This year’s pandemic Purim is shaping up to be a somewhat subdued version of the traditional festivities. Credit: tomertu/Shutterstock.

A safe ‘simcha’: Finding joy in a pandemic Purim

Last Purim, a mask was just a costume and not a medical device. For most back then, the coronavirus was just another item on the nightly news. So, as usual, Jews the world over donned...
King Ahasuerus and Haman at the “Feast of Esther.” Credit: Rembrandt Painting, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, via Wikimedia Commons.

Masking all of our fun on Purim? Well, sort of …

Purim begins at sunset on Feb. 25, the 14th day of Adar. The most jubilant holiday in the Jewish calendar, it’s a celebration of good over evil; the defeat of Haman and his heinous...
A table in northern Israel with fruits and nuts, traditionally eaten on Tu B'Shevat. Feb. 9, 2020. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

Ten things you didn’t know about Tu B’Shevat

With the recent New Year’s Eve being a rather underwhelming event courtesy of COVID-19, it’s a good thing that there’s another one just around the corner: Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish “New Year of the...
Israeli Health Ministry Director General Hezi Levy attends a press conference about COVID-19 at the Health Ministry in Jerusalem on July 6, 2020. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Israel weighing COVID-19 restrictions for Hanukkah, says Health Ministry chief

Israeli Health Ministry Director General Hezi Levy on Sunday called the latest COVID-19 data “worrisome.” In an interview with Army Radio, Levy explained: “There is an increase in the reproduction rate, which is 1.16 . There...