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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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With the seemingly endless month of March behind us, we’re gearing up for Passover. We know your seder plans probably look different now than they did even a month ago, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but you can still celebrate Passover.

During this period of physical distancing, it’s more important than ever to create meaning and community wherever we can. Need some inspiration? Try these ideas for Passover under quarantine:

1. Try a new recipe.

No matter how much cooking experience you do or don’t have, this is a...

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The writer and philosopher Aldous Huxley once wrote, “After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” For many of us, words seem inadequate to describe how we are feeling at this very moment. It is music that can carry us, support us, and hold out the possibility of hope and a better future.

Take a listen to this playlist of music, curated for this moment, as it lifts you, holds you, and may just make you laugh. 

For a closer look at one of the tunes on this list,...

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In Parashat Tzav, we read, in minute detail, of the priests’ tasks to keep the flame on the altar burning day and night. That fire was central to the spiritual life of the community.

Through their burnt offerings the Israelites drew near to God at times of transition or vulnerability. To do so, they depended on the priests to keep the altar clean and the fire burning.

In the world of Leviticus, God’s presence resided with the community, at the center of its camp, in the Ohel Mo’ed – the tent of meeting, a...

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Male icon and female icon sitting upon coins on a seesaw to represent the gender wage imbalance

Equal Pay Day is not a holiday to celebrate, but rather a day to bring attention to the ongoing injustice of pay discrimination in the United States. March 31 marks how far into the new year women must work to receive in wages what their male counterparts earned in the previous calendar year. 

Women must work 15 months to earn the same amount a man earns in 12 months in the United States, because women are paid just 82 cents for...

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