In the 16th century, the mystics of Safed revitalized Shavuot observance with a brilliant form of adult education – an intellectual seder called “tikkun layl Shavuot.” They put together a selection of the entire Jewish tradition that could be studied in one night. In an age of sound bites, an all night test is too… Read More
In addition to being a singer, and imagining himself an actor, Elvis Presley spent a great deal of time serving as his own interior decorator. At his Memphis home, visitors are invited to admire (if you’re an Elvis fan), or just tolerate (if you’re not), his “jungle room.”
From the second night of Pesach (Passover) to Shavuot, the next festival, there are exactly fifty days, seven full weeks linked by a ritual called S’firat ha-Omer, Counting the Omer (named for an offering brought to the priests as the Temple in Jerusalem at this time of year). In a sense, then, Pesach is not… Read More
Next week, Jews celebrate Shavuot. The holiday, which falls this year on May 15 and 16, commemorates God’s giving of the Torah to the Jews at Mount Sinai more than 3,300 years ago. On Shavuot, it is customary to read The Book of Ruth. Therein, Ruth the Moabite, also known as a “righteous convert,” tells… Read More
Part of the joy of living in Israel as opposed to visiting for a short break is that it affords one the opportunity to spend weekends discovering Israel’s hidden gems, only unearthed through opportune conversations or chance encounters on a morning hike. Hiking through the Jerusalem hills, wooden signs adorned with an image of a… Read More
We are about to sit around the Seder table with our families and do what we do best, ask questions. Why is this night different from all other nights? Why do we dip twice? We encourage young and old to ask, ask, ask. Through the wisdom of our tradition, answers unfold before our eyes. It… Read More
The fish, the soup, the turkey, the brisket … it’s beginning to smell a lot like Passover. It’s no wonder that this is the holiday celebrated by most Jews all over the world. The story and traditional foods remain in families generation after generation.
Family Haggadah: A Seder for All Generations – Ginde, Elie Together: A Child-Parent Kit: Passover A Kid’s Catalog of Passover – Rush, Barbara The Koufax Dilema – Sehnur, Steven Bou Nashir b’Pesach – Book and Cassette
Jews are encouraged to ask as many questions as they like during the Seder. Of course, younger children may yearn to linger at the table, but not have the patience for every discussion. You can help them out by making Pesach place mats filled with holiday games.