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The Mysterious History Behind The World's Oldest Illustrated Haggadah

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 04.22.2016 | Religion

Around the year 1300 in southern Germany, a Jewish scribe known to historians only as Menahem reportedly rolled out a piece of parchment, dipped a wri...

A Bernie Haggadah

Gabe Fenigsohn | Posted 04.21.2016 | Religion
Gabe Fenigsohn

Why is tomorrow night different from all other nights? This time, you can bring Bernie Sanders to the Seder table! Create your very own custom-made Bernie Haggadah. No one will fall asleep this year, what with the fervent debates about campaign finance, income inequality, the Middle East, and more.

Why This Black, Queer, Trans Jew Is Reimagining Passover For Modern Times

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 04.21.2016 | Religion

On the first night of Passover, Jews around the world gather with family and friends to partake in a Seder, or ritual feast, and retell the story of t...

The Unleavened Basics Of Passover 2016

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.22.2016 | Religion

Passover, the Jewish holiday known as Pesach in Hebrew, commemorates the Israelites’ escape from Egyptian slavery and is observed with ritualized me...

The Empty Seat at the Seder Table: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 04.15.2016 | Religion
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

As a little girl, my mother took me to see Marjorie Morningstar, a movie about a Jewish girl, played by Natalie Wood, who wants to follow an unconvent...

'Emancipate Yourself From Mental Slavery'

Edie Weinstein | Posted 05.31.2015 | Religion
Edie Weinstein

"Emancipate yourself from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds." -- Bob Marley from "Redemption Song" That powerful line from the cl...

Pharoah Said No. You Won't Believe What God Did Next.

Marty Kaplan | Posted 06.02.2015 | Religion
Marty Kaplan

There is an ineffable thrill in passing the Passover story to the next generation that resists reduction. You don't have to believe it. You just have to tell it.

Angry Words at Our Passover Seder

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 06.02.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

Shfokh hamatkha reminds me to pay attention to the hate that exists in the world, against us, and against others, but because it is said as we open the door for Elijah, it reminds me not to let the fear that hate evokes cloud our vision of what we are called to do to redeem the world.

How to Lead a Kick-Ass Passover Seder!

Archie Gottesman | Posted 05.30.2015 | Religion
Archie Gottesman

Passover is fast approaching, and Jews the world over are planning their annual Seders. But the sad truth is, so many Seders are as dull as a piece of plain matzo. Now yours doesn't have to be! Just follow these simple steps to host a Seder that will seriously kick some ass.

Chocolate Causes for Passover: Season of Freedom

Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz | Posted 05.17.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz

Passover's chocolate layers new causes onto age-old themes of freedom, peoplehood and monotheism. Recent campaigns have responded to the need for chocolate that is both kosher for the festival and also fair trade certified. Until 2012 it was not possible to find both.

Thou Shall Not Covet Thy Neighbors' Candy

Carin Davis | Posted 06.14.2014 | Religion
Carin Davis

For one week each spring, grocery stores display both a Passover aisle and an Easter aisle, stocked with colorful baskets and a mountain of candy. And at the top of that confectionery Mt. Sinai? The Cadbury Creme Egg.

25 New Haggadahs For An Alternative Passover Seder

Posted 04.07.2014 | Religion

Passover is just around the corner and with it comes the ancient tradition of the seder and accompanying Haggadah. The Haggadah guides the ritual ...

Period Pieces

George Heymont | Posted 10.02.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

While plays that are set in a time and place far removed from today are often referred to as "historical dramas" or "period pieces," the knowledge of different historical periods bestowed on us through paintings, sculpture, and literature allows us to have fun with history.

What Is Enough Freedom?

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 06.03.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

The Festival of Passover just ended, not with a bang but a whimper. There was no big ritual, no loud family gathering, no singing, no telling the powerful story of our journey out of Egypt, Mitzrayim, the narrow place. Maybe that's because the journey doesn't really end.

The Promise Of Passover

Roben Smolar | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Roben Smolar

Passover, in many respects, is among the most accessible and relatable moments on the Jewish calendar. It invites us to immerse ourselves in the Jewish narrative in a way no other holiday does.

The Bronfmans' New Haggadah

Tom Teicholz | Posted 05.25.2013 | Religion
Tom Teicholz

For Passover this year, Rizzoli has just released The Bronfman Haggadah, written by the businessman, philanthropist and Jewish community leader Edgar Bronfman Sr., illustrated by artist Jan Aronson, who is also Bronfman's wife.

This Will Make Your Passover Way Better

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 03.25.2013 | Comedy

One of the minds behind Lena Dunham's infamous "first time" ad for the Obama campaign, Nathan Phillips, teamed up with designer Jessica Stewart to mak...

Are We There Yet? The Real Message Of The Passover Seder

Rabbi Wendi Geffen | Posted 05.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Wendi Geffen

Why do we repeat the same story over and over again? Why do we never actually "get there"? Because every place, every moment has the potential for constriction and release, for fear and hope, for degradation and praise, for brokenness and wholeness.

How Is The White House Seder Different From All Others?

Jewish Daily Forward | Devra Ferst | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion

By Devra Ferst The Jewish Daily Forward For a president of the United States, the personal is inevitably political. But there is one annual event ...

Reconstructing Redemption

Rabbi Yael Ridberg | Posted 05.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Yael Ridberg

Jewish ritual is meant to be experiential -- something that simultaneously catapults us backwards in time and propels us forward in anticipation of the future. When we sit at the seder we are attempting to connect with the Power that makes for freedom, identify that force within ourselves and the Universe to bring about redemption.

Welcoming Elijah Into Our Homes On Passover

Ron Kronish | Posted 05.24.2013 | Religion
Ron Kronish

We open the door for Elijah, the harbinger of the messianic era of peace, and we pray that he will enter our homes and our hearts and our world. We want to open ourselves to the world, to be part of it, and not to live in ghettoes any more, whether self-imposed or imposed by others.

New Haggadah Options In Time For Passover

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 05.22.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

The 21st century has seen a seismic shift from the rather bland (and free) Maxwell House Haggadah to more creative versions. And that transition has afforded many Jewish families some poetic liberties with the seder script.

'As If': The Two Little Words We Too Often Ignore

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 05.21.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

On Passover, when we act "as if" we ourselves went out from Egypt, we are also leading ourselves to act like people who care deeply about the oppressed, who fight for justice and who extend a hand to those less fortunate.

Plagued By Passover

Nathaniel Levmore | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Nathaniel Levmore

Has the story of Passover made a people better or more secure? Has it stirred its believers to blame others? Has it encouraged a sense of victimhood? That it has is cause for concern and for discussion at the annual Passover meal.

The Power Of Passover For Jews And Buddhists

Ellen Frankel | Posted 05.13.2013 | Religion
Ellen Frankel

Passover provides an opportunity for Jews and non-Jews to come together in the spirit of hope and freedom. Together, it is possible to experience the "OM" in shalOM" and to experience the blessing of peace.