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Horse drawn cart in mid-1940s omer festival on Israeli kibbutz

In the 1940s, two Israeli pioneers created a new Jewish holiday specifically for agricultural settlers who were bringing the Jewish people back to working the land.

Rabbi Reuven Greenvald
Hanging kitchen utensils

The rabbis of Pirkei Avot bring us four kinds of students, and the Mishnah goes on to compare each one to a different kitchen utensil.

Rabbi Dennis S. Ross
Arial view of Masada

Freedom is the frame through which Aretha Franklin’s “Think,” is remembered, just as freedom is the lens through which we see our past.


Uri M. Feinberg
Elaborately set seder table awaiting diners

I've always been the only Jewish person at the table, other than my almost-3-year-old daughter and my mother, who joined us just year. But my friends anticipate the seder each year as much as I do.

Courtney Naliboff
Individual hands each holding a puzzle piece

As we prepare for Passover, it’s worth thinking about the story that underpins all our festive rejoicing.

Rabbi Jessica Oleon Kirschner
Little girl with curly brown hair holding matzah up close to her face as if to break it

This year we'll travel to Grandma’s house in Florida, and I know that if I don’t have a few tricks up my sleeve, my boys will be glued to a screen 24/7. If you’re in the same position, here are a few tips for keeping kids busy.

Deborah Goldberg
Sign-post with these signs: questions, answers

Asking questions is an integral part of the Passover seder as we reflect upon how our ancestors’ journey from slavery to freedom is also our own.

Rabbi P.J. Schwartz
Colored pencils -- points up -- in a container

I went zip-lining and bungee-jumping. I would have preferred sitting by the pool with a book, but there I was, catapulting myself into a canyon.

Rabbi Lisa Silverstein Tzur
Matzah brei with green onion garnish on a plate

As Reform Jews, it is incumbent upon us as individuals to determine which Passover practices are personally meaningful and to incorporate them into our celebration.

Jane E. Herman
Closeup of a womans hands holding a book as she reads on a lawn

This Passover, here are eight intriguing new Jewish books, in a range of genres, that you can grab right now - printed on crisp papyrus or downloaded directly to your, ahem, tablet.

Victor Wishna (JTA)


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