This Saturday, April 7, 2018, is the last day of Passover for Jews in the Diaspora
Deuteronomy 14:22 - 16:17 & Numbers 28:19 - 28:25
Like the reading for the second day, it catalogs the annual cycle of festivals, their special observances, and the offerings brought on these occasions to the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. The Eighth Day's special connection with the Future Redemption is reflected in the Haftorah (reading from the Prophets) for this day (Isaiah 10:32-12:6).
Morning service. Half-Hallel is recited. Two Torah scrolls are taken out of the ark. The Yizkor memorial service is recited following the Torah reading.
From The Jewish News
When should parents be concerned? Experts share some warning signs.
We don’t often talk about teen mental health around the dinner table or on the phone with friends or colleagues. Maybe we fear being labeled “bad parents” if our teens are diagnosed with mental health issues. It’s something we must have done wrong. Maybe whatever our kids are going through is just a “phase,” something they’ll “get over” in time.
By Susan Minuk for CJN
Canadian Young Judaea is launching a new overnight summer camp for LGTBQ Jewish campers called Machane Lev.
Machane Lev, which will be Canada’s first Jewish camp for LGBTQ youth, will be housed at Camp Shalom in Gravenhurst, Ont., and will run from Aug. 19-26, for kids aged eight to 16 years old. Machane Lev is committed to being an inclusive Jewish summer camp that celebrates identity, encourages creativity, enhances leadership skills and evokes a love for Israel and the Jewish community. Machane Lev mean “Camp Heart” in Hebrew.
By Mark Oppenheimer for Tablet Magazine
This is what happens when well-meaning philo-Semites and assimilated Jews, the kind of people who run schools like Friends Seminary, have more respect for imagined Jewish sensitivities than for Jews’ actual history and culture
If there is one lesson to be learned from the sad, strange tale of the firing of Ben Frisch, it is surely this: If you want to make a Hitler joke in the classroom, do it at a Jewish day school.
Who says Passover food has to be boring!
Now that the Seder is over, what are you going to eat? How about Matzah Tacos? Spinach & Green Herb Pie? Cheese Blintzes? Moroccan-Inspired Carrot Tsimmes?
You can find all these recipes featured in Jvillage Network's Passover Holiday Guide. We've even thrown in a couple of yummy desserts: Matzo Toffee and Orange Sponge Cake.
Are you looking for something to do with the kids with all that matzo you thought you needed? Make a matzo house! It's fun, and yummy, and helps get rid of all that matzo.
Jewish Book Council; Mark Sarvas is the author of Memento Park: A Novel. He is blogging here as part of Jewish Book Council's Visiting Scribe series.
"I’m a terrible Jew," I used to say—by which I meant that I was wholly ignorant of tradition, taking a sort of perverse pleasure in the shock value of the comment. I was raised by postwar, secular European parents who decided they’d had enough of religion. I didn’t know Sukkot from Shavuot, and we grew up with Christmas trees and Easter eggs. Researching this essay, I learned that into her teens, my younger sister thought one of our parents was Catholic and one was Jewish. I remember being asked to sign the ketubah at her wedding (her husband was observant), and looking blankly at the rabbi when he asked me my Jewish name. He ended up coaching me, with some reproach, through a hastily imitated Hebrew “Moishe.”
By: TPS From United With Israel
Officials from the IDF and the US Army praised the close relationship they had built, bolstered by the recent Juniper Cobra training operation in Israel.
More than 2,500 US personnel and 2,000 IDF troops have concluded the 2018 Juniper Cobra, a bilateral military exercise that brings together tactical and operational personnel from both armies every two years for a series of joint drills.
by LEAH ROCKETTO for PopSugar
As I child, I spent my Sundays sitting in a pew with my mother and learning about various verses from the Bible. I also spent several nights of the year lighting yahrzeit candles and reciting Hebrew prayers alongside my father. Yes, I was one of many children, though not in my town, who was raised in a two-religion home. Yet despite what my friends said, I was not half-Catholic, half-Jewish (or cashew, as they lovingly called me). I was, in fact a full-fledged Catholic.
By Ophir Toubul for 972mag.com
Mimouna, the traditional festival celebrated by North African Jews on the last day of Passover, is often overlooked when discussing the Jewish holiday of liberation. Here are 10 things you might not know about the celebration that once brought Jews and Muslims together.
1. The name of the holiday, “Mimouna,” has several different, fascinating meanings. The most famous of them attribute the name to the Hebrew word “emuna” (belief), the death of the preeminent medieval Sephardic Jewish philosopher, Rambam (“Maimonides”) or the name of the Berber goddess of luck (“Mimouna”). A less popular explanation ascribes the name of the holiday to the city of Tamimouna near Sudan, from which many Jews came to the Tafilalt region in southern Morocco. During the Passover Seder, alongside the prayer for “next year in Jerusalem,” it was customary to pray for a return to Tafilalt. Does this mean we are actually Sudanese?
by Ilana Strauss for FromtheGrapevine
Learning about new technology was a game changer for this farming couple.
Godavari Bhinradia and her husband Hirji were having some problems. They were farmers in rural India, and water in their region was in short supply. That meant they couldn't manage to turn a profit on their crops.
"Our land is not favorable for crop cultivation," Hirji Bhinradia said. "We wanted some kind of technology that could make the land more cultivable."
By NATALIA DASHAN and DAVID GELERNTER for The Weekly Standard
School massacres and the conscience supply.
It’s sad that following the massacre of their classmates, the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida should immediately turn to government for action instead of to their own communities. The obvious question suggested by these crimes is: What’s wrong with us? Do I know potential mass murderers who would kill if they had a weapon? How could we have failed to notice—and failed to demand action when our police and the FBI were too criminally negligent to take the necessary steps?
On the FIRST DAY OF PASSOVER we read from the book of Exodus (12:21-51) & Numbers (28:16 - 28:25) of the bringing of the Passover Offering in Egypt, the Plague of the Firstborn at the stroke of midnight, and how "On this very day, G‑d took the Children of Israel out of Egypt."
Chag Sameach!/Happy Holiday!
Want more information on Passover? Check out Jvillage Network's Passover Guide.
A DOWNLOADABLE guide to share with teens at Pesach
The Passover Seder is the ultimate educational experience. It is an interactive method of story-telling, a learning (and re-learning) of our people's ancient memory, and navigating through text and time and tradition to make that story our own.
Want more information on Passover? Check out Jvillage Network's Passover Guide.
Ep. 120: LGBTQ&A podcast host Jeffrey Masters and Anne Edelstein, author of Lifesaving for Beginners, plus Roy Moore’s ‘Jewish lawyer’
By Unorthodox for Tablet Magazine
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.
By Ron Csillag for CJNews
Two Israeli companies will have the opportunity to test their heart and brain health technologies in Canadian seniors care facilities.
HeartBeat Technologies, headquartered in Haifa, has developed software that allows health-care professionals to remotely monitor patients’ heart issues.
By Julie Carbonara for TheJC.com
Francesco Lotoro's quest to discover the music composed by concentration camp prisoners has led to a unique concert in Israel
Francesco Lotoro cannot quite pinpoint the moment his fascination with the music composed by concentration camps inmates during World War II turned from passion to mission.
This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Passover Guide.
Yippee! The Red Sea has split and were going through! Phew, that was a close call with those Egyptians right on our tails! But who can think about that now, this is amazing!
We're so happy, what a miracle! We're on our way to freedom from slavery in Egypt, that's one of the reasons we're smiling, the other is that we're thrilled to be here on creativejewishmom.com! And though we don't need to know how to swim to cross the Red Sea, it just might help that we're made from wine corks!
By Stewart Kampel for Hadassah Magazine
In her debut novel, what to do About the Solomons, Bethany Ball finds many ways for the far-flung dysfunctional Solomon clan to be unhappy—and a few to be happy. As she picks apart the lives, loves, successes and failures of this disparate family, she produces an engaging tale laced with a bit of humor and a heavy dose of sex, drugs and intrigue. Family ties, it seems, even when stretched to the limits, can still pull a group together.