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Occupying Passover

Carol Smaldino | Posted 06.03.2012 | Religion
Carol Smaldino

The idea of Passover is that the issues of slavery and freedom are for all of us. If that is so, we need to confront slavery not only in the most obviously brutalized parts of the world, but in ourselves as well.

You Were Strangers: The Ethical Significance Of Passover

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 05.30.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Like all Jewish festivals, Passover has its roots in Jewish history, in our connection to creation and in the rich spiritual and moral values of Judaism. Additionally, it helps us distinguish between two very different types of freedom.

Defining Freedom For Jews

S.R. Hewitt | Posted 05.28.2012 | Religion
S.R. Hewitt

Being free means accepting absolute responsibility for one's own behavior, which also made one distinctly aware of how one's own actions effect the community.

Jonathan Safran Foer On His Newest Project

Jonathan Safran Foer | Posted 05.22.2012 | Books
Jonathan Safran Foer

Jews have a special relationship to books, and the Haggadah -- the user's manual for the Passover seder -- has been translated more widely, and reprinted more often, than any other Jewish book. Everywhere there have been Jews, there have been new Haggadahs.

Barack Obama Is Such a Traditional Jew Sometimes

Jeffrey Goldberg | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey Goldberg

George W. Bush was, in his own way, a philo-Semite, but he never would have made such a member-of-the-tribe kind of joke as Barack Obama did when I recently handed him a copy of the New American Haggadah.

WATCH: Colbert's Passover Questions For Jonathan Safran Foer

Posted 03.07.2012 | Religion

Translated by Nathan Englander, with commentaries by Lemony Snicket and Jeffrey Goldberg, the New American Haggadah sets itself apart from the 7,000 e...

Jonathan Safran Foer, Nathan Englander On Their New Collaboration

AP | By HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 03.02.2012 | Books

NEW YORK -- Authors Jonathan Safran Foer and Nathan Englander, seated together at a Brooklyn diner, would like to continue a discussion that has laste...

The Irony Of Passover: Affirming Revolution, Fearing The Revolutionary

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 06.18.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

The rabbis were right to be cautious: if they wanted Passover to be about the glory of God, it was best to leave Moses out. Moses was, after all, no more than a vehicle of the Divine will.

Why Are These Cleaners Different From All Other Cleaners?

| Amy Zimmer | Posted 06.18.2011 | New York

UPPER WEST SIDE -- They tackle bedbug infestations, hoarder's homes and post-construction messes, but Home Clean Home also specializes in a niche mark...

From The Place Where The Rivers Flow

Rabbi Will Berkovitz | Posted 06.17.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Will Berkovitz

We are told to see ourselves as having escaped from Egypt. Maybe we should also see ourselves as having left every subsequent land with our ancestors, until we find ourselves where we are now.

10 Plagues Excerpted from Bernie Madoff's Last Seder at Home

Nato Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Nato Green

Recently authorities uncovered a DVD from the attic of imprisoned Ponzi scheme millionaire Bernie Madoff's family mansion in Montauk, Long Island that captures the family's last Seder together.

Offensive Liturgy In The Passover Seder: Take It Out

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

As a result of oppression of Jews during portions the Middle Ages, a rancid piece of liturgy was added to the Passover Seder: "God's Triumph over Evil." Today, it should be excised from it entirely.

Passover Seder: Stay For A While

Angela Himsel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Angela Himsel

My Seder table, like everyone else's, is a blend of our own individual narratives and stories and the national story that we retell.

Obama's Hospitality: A Question of Character

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

This year, I would readily forgo the White House Manischewitz in exchange for an end to the bitter herbs the President is dishing out to Israel.

Two Passovers, Two Unexpected Loves

Lea Lane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Lea Lane

This Passover I will be reminded that good men may not share religions or backgrounds, but they can share values and qualities.

Passover Facts: 6 Things You Didn't Know About Passover

David Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David Weiner

If you want to impress your Jewish friends with some cool Passover facts, or if you need some good lines to break the ice with at your Seder, this is for you.

A Passover Seder Haggadah Supplement

Rabbi Michael Lerner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Michael Lerner

For Ethically Sensitive Jews and our non-Jewish allies. (You don't have to be Jewish to create or attend a seder -- or to adopt the approach to spiri...

Haggadah Get Out Of This Place

Alec Sokolow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Alec Sokolow

When the powers that be deny him, Moses gets all David Blaine on them. He frees his skeptical peeps. Wanders around the desert for forty years. Questions God. And dies before reaching his new home, which probably was foreclosed on.

The Audacity to Haggadah

Alec Sokolow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Alec Sokolow

What follows is a real life, non-practicing, reformed American Jew"ish" Haggadah. This is, as my Bubbi used to say as she was mimeographing anti-Franco literature at the ACLU, the real magilla.

A Bu-Jew's Guide To Passover

Perry Garfinkel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Perry Garfinkel

A study I found while researching my most recent book, Buddha or Bust, reported that some 30 percent of Americans practicing Buddhism come from Jewish...