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Tzav - Shabbat Hagadol

weekly-torah-portion - 18 hours 43 min ago

Leviticus 6:1−8:36; Special Haftarah: Malachi 3:4 - 3:24  


Elijah—Families and the End of Days

Elijah is an enigmatic and beloved figure in the Passover seder, with a myriad of explanations for his appearance and role. It’s worth noting that Elijah appears first in our liturgical texts even before we sit down to begin the seder: the haftarah for Shabbat Hagadol (the Shabbat before Pesah) is from the end of Malachi, and concludes with the haunting words, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the Prophet before the coming of the great and awesome Day of Adonai; and he will return the hearts of parents to their children, and the hearts of children to their parents.” I always see this text as displaying the greatest insight into human nature. 

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Ingredients Of Identity

young-adults - 18 hours 43 min ago
by Sofia Gardenswartz for Fresh Ink for Teens

Just like a delicious meal, I am a combination of many different experiences and interactions—each new experience adds another layer of flavor.

“If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.”—Audre Lorde, “Learning from the 60s” (1982).

I love food. I don’t think—in fact, I really hope—that’s not a divisive statement. But I’m not only a proud foodie, I’m also an avid chef. As the president of Serving Spoons, a nonprofit that prepares and delivers healthy and home-cooked meals to families in need, I feel very comfortable in the kitchen. And as any experienced cook knows, flavor is built, not invented. It takes a precise combination of many different ingredients to make the perfect bite.

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The Big Q&A

LGBTQ - 18 hours 43 min ago
Unorthodox in Tablet Magazine  

LGBTQ&A podcast host Jeffrey Masters and Anne Edelstein, author of Lifesaving for Beginners, plus Roy Moore’s ‘Jewish lawyer’

This week on Unorthodox, Mark calls up Roy Moore’s ‘Jewish lawyer,’ and Stephanie sits down with Jeffrey Masters, host of the podcast LGBTQ&A, which documents stories of the LGBTQ community. We’re also joined by Anne Edelstein, author of the new memoir Lifesaving for Beginners.


The Jewish Women Who Inspired the Defeat of DOMA

LGBTQ - 18 hours 43 min ago
BY SARAH SELTZER for Jewniverse

By now you probably know all about Edie Windsor, the octogenarian whose lawsuit led to the defeat of DOMA. What you might not know is the life story of her late wife, Thea Spyer, in whose name Windsor fought for marriage equality.

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Israelis build first dairy farm in Papua New Guinea

news-in-the-jewish-world - 18 hours 43 min ago
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c

Latest project designed by the man who’s brought Israeli dairy expertise to places including Mexico, England, Philippines, Romania, Nigeria and China.

Call him the milkman of the world. Since 1990, civil engineer Ronen Feigenbaum has used Israeli technology and knowhow to set up dairy farms in China, England, India, Mexico, Namibia, Nigeria, Philippines, Romania, South Africa, Vietnam and now Papua New Guinea.

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9 must-watch TV shows about Passover

jewish-arts-and-media - 18 hours 43 min ago
By LINDA BUCHWALD for The Times of Israel

Classics -- and soon-to-be-classics -- that will make you glad to break unleavened bread with your own family

JTA — Everyone has their own way of celebrating Passover, from silly seder customs (10 Plagues finger puppets, anyone?) to enjoying the same meal year after year, to, yes, commemorating the festival alongside beloved TV characters.

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You can find this article and more great Passover ideas in Jvillage Network's Passover Guide.

Tori Avey's Italian Roasted Cauliflower Salad from Calabria, Italy

jewish-food - 18 hours 43 min ago
From ToriAvey.com


This month We are featuring recipes from Jvillage Network's Passover Guide.

I adapted this salad from a wonderful cookbook (now out of print) called “The Food of Southern Italy” by Carlo Middione. This book is a treasure trove of authentic Italian cooking. In this traditional Calabrian salad, cooked cauliflower is drizzled with olive oil and tossed with olives, capers, parsley and chili flakes.

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Will Your Child Be Ready for Passover?

children-and-families - 18 hours 43 min ago


You can find this article and videos from BimBam and more great Passover ideas in Jvillage Network's Passover Guide.


Passover (Pesach) begins at sundown on Friday, March 30, 2018, and ends at sundown on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

Watch these fun, BimBam videos and learn what to expect at a Passover Seder, have your child practice the Four Questions, and why this night is different from all other nights.

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How To Choose a Passover Haggadah

jewish-books - 18 hours 43 min ago
By MyJewishLearning Staff

This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Passover Guide

Questions to consider when buying the book for your seder.


Is your Seder to be conducted in both Hebrew and English and does the balance between the two languages reflect the abilities of your guests?

How much commentary is included and does it reflect the issues that you wish to discuss?

Is the Haggadah attractive, and will you enjoy it over the years?

How many do you have to buy and do you expect to be using them for many years to come?

MyJewishLearning has some other things to consider.

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How One Woman is Making Change for Israel’s At Risk Youth

israeil-news - 18 hours 43 min ago
By Alex Weisler for eJewishPhilanthropy

As high-profile women around the world step into the spotlight for International Women’s Day, it’s critically important to remember those women at the grassroots who are changing individual lives and the course of the societies they live in.

Tali Eliyaou is one of those women, and today she is shaping the lives of young Israeli women, and others, at risk.

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Guide to Passover for Interfaith Families

interfaith - 18 hours 43 min ago

Credit: Susan Sermoneth/flickr

This article has been reprinted with permission from InterfaithFamily 

The Guide to Passover for Interfaith Families is also available in a beautiful PDF version

What is Passover/Pesach?

For many Jews, Passover is the most important of all Jewish holidays. In fact, more Jewish Americans observe Passover than any other Jewish holiday – even more than light Hanukkah candles. In Hebrew the name of the holiday is Pesach, with a guttural sound forming the final consonant of the word – the same sound that ends the name of the famous composer, Bach.

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Want more information on Passover? Check out Jvillage Network's Passover Guide.

15 things you always wanted to know about matzah

celebrating-judaism - 18 hours 43 min ago
By Viva Sarah Press for Israel21c


This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Passover Guide


From a cry on the Moon to how many calories are in each square of this holey cracker, here are some fun facts about Passover bread.

Matzah is an unleavened flatbread that takes center stage in the Passover diet. According to tradition, it is forbidden to eat chametz – leavened breads, cookies or cakes – during the Passover holiday and thus matzah, an unleavened flatbread, is eaten instead.

According to the Torah, the Israelites were in such a hurry to leave Pharaoh’s land that there was no time for their bread dough to rise before baking it.

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Hosting a Passover Seder? Use This Checklist to Prepare

celebrating-judaism - 18 hours 43 min ago
From ReformJadaism.org

Want more information on Passover? Check out Jvillage Network's Passover Guide.

Don't be overwhelmed by hosting your own seder. Use this handy checklist to help you prepare!

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Novel process removes mercury from factory emissions

green-living - 18 hours 43 min ago
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c

Unique made-in-Israel technology also renders the separated toxic metal stable and safe for disposal.


Toxic mercury spewing out of coal-fired power plants, waste-incineration facilities, cement factories, metal processing plants and many other industries pollutes the air, water and land.

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Chiune Sugihara: Heroism in the Face of Evil

featured-articles - 18 hours 43 min ago
By Lisa Hostein for Hadassah Magazine

Dalia Tzura never expected to be reminded of the tragic fate of her family while traveling with an Israeli tour group through the bucolic heartland of Japan. Yet here she was in late November, emerging from a small Holocaust memorial museum in the town of Yaotsu with tears in her eyes. “I was deeply affected,” said the 74-year-old, whose father and mother both lost their entire families to the Nazis and rarely discussed the devastation with their daughter.

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All About Passover

celebrating-judaism - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 12:00am


Passover begins in just over two weeks, the evening of March 30.


Jvillage Network's Passover Guide is a comprehensive guide to everything you need, from the holiday's history to choosing a Haggadah that's right for your family. You'll find recipes, crafts, songs, and videos. Take a few moments to go through it and make planning for your Pesach that much easier.

Happy Holiday/Chag Sameach!

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Shabbat HaChodesh - Vayikra

weekly-torah-portion - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 12:00am

Leviticus 1:1−5:26 


The Rituals that Make a Nation

I must confess that as someone who has spent most of my adult life studying and teaching modern history, Vayikra—both the parashah and the sefer—is not my favorite portion of the Torah or the Tanakh. We lovers of narrative are in for something of a letdown as we enter a biblical book that, aside from a few brief interludes, seems to be a long list of injunctions relating to priestly service and ritual purity. Indeed, there will be no more sea-splitting or plague-wreaking; the tablets have been given; the golden calf has been wrought and unwrought; and the Mishkan has been planned, plotted, and built. The fun is over, and now it’s time to talk about the particulars of sacrifice, ceremony, and the sacred.      
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Discovering My Judaism in Bowling Green, Kentucky

young-adults - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 12:00am
BY SPENCER WELLS for newvoices.com

I hail from the city of Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville is a river city built on the banks of the Ohio river. That river is the only thing that separates the metropolis from being swallowed by the cultural mass of the Rust Belt, which begins with expanses of southern Indiana. As such, Louisville remains a part of Dixie. Not to be characterized as solely a border state, Kentucky asserts her Southern nature with the equine gambling pageant, the Kentucky Derby. Not to be defined as a parade of small town people in eccentric hats exchanging money over the clumping of hooves, she has given birth to many grand hometown heroes, including the greatest boxer in modern times, Muhammad Ali, her favorite son – God rest his soul.

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‘To Be Us, It’s Political’: Tel Aviv’s Drag Queens

LGBTQ - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 12:00am
By Jesse Bernstein for Tablet Magazine

A new short follows a first timer as she prepares to take the stage, exploring the unique quirks of the Israeli drag scene

Refinery29 put out an excellent mini-doc about the Tel Aviv drag scene this week, following a young soldier named German as he prepares for his first performance as a queen, named Diamond. German trains under other Israeli queens like Nona Chalant and Asis D’Orange, new to most viewers but obviously stars to German. It’s also an exploration of the larger Israeli drag scene, and how it fits in to Israel’s religious environment.

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Poland’s President Apologizes for Jews Being Driven Out in 1968

news-in-the-jewish-world - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 12:00am
By Hana Levi Julian for The Jewish Press

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda apologized on Thursday to Polish Jews who were driven from their homeland 50 years ago.

Some 13,000 Jews were expelled from Poland, including Holocaust survivors and prominent thinkers and philosophers, by the communist party of 1968, using the excuse of a purge by the Moscow-backed communist regime in response to mass student protests.

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