The Knesset opening session was buzzing with new faces, as 39 new Members of Knesset joined their veteran colleagues in the swearing in ceremony that took place in the Israeli parliament on Tuesday, March 31.
I am a 27-year-old Jew living in Pakistan. It's a statement that has elicited shock, warnings, threats and intense curiosity ever since I moved from Morocco to Karachi, the country's largest city in the homeland of my parents.
Family, friends, and loud children begin to trickle in; delicious waves of gossip swell and spread. Compliments sprinkle around like sugarcoated almonds. "What a sumptuous spread." "You look more beautiful than the full moon." "How in the world do you manage?"
I began to receive invitations to speak at local churches about Passover. I realized a book was needed. What was written was either overly-simplistic, unnecessarily complex or just plain wrong.
Every year on Passover, Jewish people recall that "once we were slaves and now we are free." We dip celery in salt water to remember the tears of the Israelites in captivity.
"Emancipate yourself from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds." -- Bob Marley from "Redemption Song" That powerful line from the cl...
Only a leader who nurtures brotherly love instead of lust for power and self-esteem can succeed in Israel. Israel's success lies in its unity, and only such a leader can unite the people.
Passover is undoubtedly the most universally observed Jewish holiday, since it appeals to all Jews in one way or another. Why is this so? It seems to me that the answer to this question is threefold.
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.
For those of you who may have forgotten the O'Toole film or missed the last week's documentary, Masada is an ancient fortress located between the Dead Sea and the Judean desert. Though that sounds a bit academic, there is nothing at all dry or boring about Masada. Herod's temple is breathtaking in scope and scale.
All of these desserts are perfect for Passover and most of them are gluten-free. But you don't need a holiday to enjoy these sweet treats: they are delicious any day, any time.
What is it that gives the paintings of Mark Rothko their tremendous power? Why do those squares of vibrating color, that seem to float in space, somehow liberated from their canvases, exert such fascination?
One of my lasting memories from college is celebrating Passover with Chelsea Clinton. We shared the Passover meal with several friends, and during it I asked her if she had ever celebrated Passover.
The fact is, the borders of anti-Semitism are permeable. Human speech does not divide neatly into "hate speech" and "political speech." Thus, if we are to avoid the over-generalizations, we must be more rigorous in our definitions of the phenomenon or we risk diluting the evil of anti-Semitism itself.
Even in the darkest of tragedies some light can be found. Better education about fire safety to preserve life can be one source. So could an opportunity for better-understanding, rather than a rush to quick and often ugly judgments.
With so much talk these days about 'opposing beliefs' inciting conflict, violence and hate, I wanted to approach it from a positive angle and talk about 'opposing beliefs' coming together with respect, honor and most importantly, love.