Every year, the Passover story is retold in households around the world. We tell the story of the exodus from Egypt accompanied by four cups of wine and end by toasting, “Next Year in Jerusalem!” Providing a twist on the traditional story, this reporter investigates how wine united ancient Egypt and Israel and gives suggestions… Read More
Passover means Seders. They are important Jewish traditions, but they are also social and hunger-filled minefields. These tips will help you navigate the time between when you show up and avoid questions about your career/relationship and when you shout “Next year in Jerusalem!” and run out with all the flourless desserts.
Tzipora S. secured her passport from Iran to Switzerland by miracle. “When I went to renew my passport and get a tourist visa to Switzerland, they asked me why I didn’t bring my old one with me. I had gone to Israel before the revolution,” Tzipora, who could not use her full name because of… Read More
Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg understands the tendencies of today’s young Jewish population as well as any spiritual leader. Rabbi Wohlberg, the longtime leader at Beth Tfiloh, has a blog and is even active on Twitter. Through this, he understands that people’s attention spans are short and that they only want as much information as possible in… Read More
Staff Reporter The Passover tale involving the four sons probably has been interpreted in a million different ways. Well, here’s No. 1,000,001. The haggadah describes the four sons as four different people, each with his own personality: the wise son, the wicked son, the simple son and the son who does not know how to… Read More
Make a Purim Grooger You will need: Popping corn pencil empty juice can (with only 2 holes at the top that were used for pouring cardboard scissors colored felt household cement glue Put a handful of popping corn into the can through the 2 holes. Trace the base of the can onto the cardboard. Cut… Read More
Purim is a minor festival telling the story of the saving of the Jews from possible annihilation in the Persian Empire, 473 B.C.E. The Persian King Ahasuerus, or Xerxes, has a prime minister named Haman. Haman is angry because one particular Jew named Mordechai refuses to bow down before him, giving him the respect of… Read More
(Ages 3 to 10) Materials Needed Empty (clean and dry) plastic milk or juice container with handle (quart or half-gallon), save the lid too! White glue, scissors Beans, marbles, tic-tacs, candies (anything that makes lots of noise when shaken in an empty container) Multi-colored felt pieces, construction paper, tissue paper, wallpaper samples, etc.
(Ages 12-16 years) Materials Needed: Colorful pasteboard Assorted wrapping paper Ribbon Self-adhesive stickers Clear tape Scissors Tissue paper for inner wrap Actual gifts for inside (at least two different foods)
Purim: Persian word for lots or lottery. Megillah Esther: Means scroll of Esther, telling the story of Purim in great detail. It is read on Purim night and again the following morning. Purim dates: Ta’anit (fast) of Esther on 13 Adar. That evening the story of Purim is read from the Megillah. It is then read again on… Read More