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While I pray that the coronavirus pandemic will pass over quickly, that turnaround is unlikely to happen by Passover. With the holiday just weeks away – so soon that Manischewitz and Streit’s products are already in markets – now is the time to make backup plans for our seders.

The seder that I am privileged to attend, one of the highlights of the year, is no ordinary in-home event.

Started by seven sisters and brothers in 1950s Los Angeles, the...

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Out of an abundance of caution, I’m staying home.

Out of an abundance of caution, I’m washing my hands for at least 20 seconds, sometimes singing the ABCs, sometimes singing the itsy-bitsy spider, and sometimes saying a prayer.

Out of an abundance of caution, I am telling people how much I love them every day, sometimes multiple times a day. I can get annoying.

Out of an abundance of caution, I am waving frantically to the stranger across the street while I am out for my walk, making eye-contact, smiling and saying hello.

Out of an abundance of caution, I am...

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Empty stone street overlooking Jerusalem at sunset

There was something slightly eerie about watching the Knesset’s swearing-in ceremony this week, as each legislator-to-be filed in Noah’s-ark-style – two by two, or in some cases, threes – to avoid going over the mandated maximum of gathering. The irony of the name Knesset, which means “gathering,” was not lost.

During this time of a near breakdown in societal norms, Israel is rapidly dealing with the spread of COVID-19,  closing all major opportunities for gathering, including restaurants, bars, and the school system; it...

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There’s no question that the coronavirus crisis has affected each and every one of us, regardless of health status. Every day for the past few weeks, each of us has weighed the relative value of in-person classes, meetings, and get-togethers versus the potential risk of exposure.

We’ve relearned the skill of correctly washing our hands and getting to “clean.” We’ve embraced new and humorous alternatives to the traditional handshake, making do with air-kiss...

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Judaism has a deep and rich tradition of storytelling, of passing down stories from one generation to the next. To carry on that tradition, Stories We Tell, a weekly podcast from, shares a new story every Thursday to reflect on and discuss with the people in your life

This time of ongoing quarantine is a perfect times to start listening to our storytelling podcast or, if you're a longtime subscriber, to re-listen to our top five episodes. Give them a listen, and don’t forget to tune in each week!...

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