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Going a capella for the period of Jewish mourning

When comedian Mendy Pellin posted on Twitter that “Sefira music is the audio equivalents of Pesach cereal,” he was referring to the recent trend of Orthodox singers to produce albums and singles of a capella music...
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The most unlikely Passover seder

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

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

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....
A synagogue in the Swedish town of Norrkoping. Source: Screenshot via Google Maps.

Dolls hanged outside Swedish synagogue during Passover investigated as hate crime

Police in Norrkoping, Sweden, are investigating after someone left a hate-filled message and a group of dolls hanging outside a synagogue there on the first day of Passover. According to a post from the Anti-Defamation...
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addressing the opening of the country's parliament on Oct. 1, 2020. Source: Erdoğan via Twitter.

Erdoğan wishes ‘all Jews’ a happy Passover

This year, as every year, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan extended to “all our Jewish citizens heartfelt greetings” for Passover, which he took care to mention was one of the most important holidays in...
Photo: Jennie Robinson Faber

Israeli Election Analysis at the Seder Table

As the Passover holiday came upon us, we tried to put aside politics for a family celebration. There were two children, plus spouses, and six grandchildren at our Seder. Unsurprisingly,  the talk was more...
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

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...
Passover table setting. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Passover seder’s takeaways speak to the woke divide

This Saturday night in the midst of the loosening COVID-19 pandemic and the tightening of America’s cancel culture pandemic, Jewish families will celebrate the Passover seder. Veterans of seders past anticipate the drinking four cups...
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

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...