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Passover begins Wednesday at sundown, and we know that this year's observance will look quite different than in years past. This year, let us draw from the well of our traditions. Though they may not be the same as they were in the past, they will be life-affirming and life-sustaining on this Passover that is, truly, so different from all others.

Whether you're hosting a seder via Zoom or doing a small, in-person seder with those quarantined with you at home, these two new video resources may be helpful in guiding you...

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Source of Blessing: Our lives are in turmoil our hearts heavy help us to cope with this modern plague we are worried for our families, we are concerned for our communities, our world is on the brink.            Bless us with strength.

Source of Mercy:  We pray for courage to stay strong for those in our care, and for ourselves. We pray for insight to act in loving ways to keep our communities safe.            Bless us with strength.

Source of Hope: We pray for those who are at greatest risk vulnerable and scared isolated and lonely, and for those heroes leading on the front...

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Editor's Note: This piece was originally published on March 17, 2013.

On a recent trip to Jerusalem, my son decided that his favorite color was gold. Whenever he’s asked why, he replies with a wry smile befitting a 5-year-old.

“Jerusalem is the city of gold, of course,” he says.

When we told him our family was moving to Israel this summer, he was quite pleased.

“Ima, will we live there until I’m a grown-up?” he asked.

That’s the idea, we nodded.

While I know what my family will mean when we reach the end of the Passover...

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The COVID-19 crisis has brought out the best and the worst in humanity.

On the one hand, doctors, nurses, and hospital aides are risking their lives every day by caring for the sick. On the other hand, some selfish people are hoarding essential supplies and even profiteering. We can pray that they may regain a sense of responsibility toward others.

I’ve recently seen two scenes on television that have stayed with me: One testifies to the goodness of people; the other testifies to the selfishness of people.

The first pictures...

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Each year on Passover, we ask “Mah nishtanah,” “Why is this night different?” This year, though, we know why: Pesach 5780 is simply unlike any other.

As the global pandemic of COVID-19 changes life on planet Earth, there is simply no way that our holiday observance could resemble years past. Physical distancing, sheltering-in-place, and pervasive fears are significant obstacles to making Pesach happen at all, let alone embracing it as a time of joy and renewal.

But we are a resilient and imaginative community....

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