Answers to Jewish Questions

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What, exactly, is a Haggadah?

The Hebrew word Haggadah means “telling,” and it refers to the service or script for the Passover seder table ritual. The Haggadah provides the order and script of the service with step-by-step instructions.

I'm preparing to make aliyah (move to Israel) and was surprised to read that I need to present a "Jewish certificate." I’ve been Jewish my entire life, but I’ve never heard of a certificate that proves it! How do I obtain that?

Your first step should be to approach the organization Nefesh B'Nefesh, which works with the Israeli government and The Jewish Agency for Israel to “remove or minimize the financial, professional, logistical and social obstacles of aliyah and the move to Israel.” They will walk you through the process.

How Do I Teach My Grandchild About the Holocaust?

Answered by
Stephanie Fink, MAJCS, RJE
The Holocaust is an important topic not only in Jewish history, but the history of humankind. The topic is disturbing, and it is appropriate to feel uncomfortable and upset by the stories, facts, and, especially, the images. A thoughtful approach is required when – not if – you teach your grandchild about the Holocaust.