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Pesto, pecans...

We all have our Passover culinary traditions. Subconsciously, I think one was created here in this column when it seems, as Passover rolls around (ooh, pardon that pun!), I write a food column.

Not one to break with tradition, I shall oblige you.

But instead of a nostalgic food memory column, this year I shall be pragmatic.

We all have our food quirks on Passover. I am no exception.

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Sunrise

I, ALONG with all of you, was following the Israeli elections with bated breath. And based on the media, polls and general social media, was mentally preparing for the possibility of Bibi losing. There was also an impressive new person in the leftist camp I was watching. After Bibi’s decisive win, and the left’s loss, this new candidate I was watching posted a photo to his Facebook page in response to the loss. I assumed the photo was of a dark sunset. But when I looked to read the commen...
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Who was Esther?

Who was Esther?THE SCROLL OF ESTHER opens with the strangest of scenes. Reading chapter one alone, you would never know this is a Jewish book or that it has anything to do with Judaism or Jewish history. True, there is the striking absence of    G-d’s name mentioned throughout the scroll, or megillah, but upon studying the text there are opportunities to sense and feel G-d’s guiding presence. But chapter one? It reads more like a modern-day Mardi Gras party, or upon careful study, a party with more licen...
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Yes, a refuge

Netanyahu is sending a message to world Jewry, specifically European Jewry, that Israel is ITS home. And he is being criticized for it with anger, as if saying Israel is there for you as a homeland is a bad thing. “We say to you our brothers and sisters, Israel is your home. . . Israel is the home of every Jew, waiting for you with open arms.” The response by French and Danish leaders? Rejection and criticism, as if Netanyahu were expressing a controversial thought, sparking conflict....
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They weren’t ‘random’ attacks

On a day when many of us were perplexed and appalled by the White House’s strange referral to the attack on the kosher deli in Paris last month as “random” (and by the painfully embarrassing response about this by Jen Psaki) — an attack the French government immediately recognized as obviously anti-Jewish, not to mention the terrorist himself professing this (while holding the Jews hostage he called a local news station, saying, “I am killing Jews”), on such a day, three recognizable...

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Senators call for full funding for joint U.S.-Israel defense systems

Marcy Oster The programs include the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system as well as the David’s Sling and Arrow weapons systems. ... [Link]

Virginia State Bar cancels Jerusalem seminar, cites ‘discriminatory’ border policies

Marcy Oster The president of the state agency said the trip was canceled due to concerns that “many of its members” would not be let in to Israel. ... [Link]

ZAKA rescue team heading to Germanwings crash site

Marcy Oster The eight volunteers from the rescue organization will assist in the search and recovery mission, including working to find the remains of Eyal Baum, an Israeli citizen. ... [Link]

These 5 new Haggadahs are keepers

Gabrielle Birkner Every year, a sea of a new Haggadahs vies for our attention, money and a seat at our seder table. JTA sorts through this year’s crop. ... [Link]

Haggadah collection includes pop-up books, world’s tiniest seder guide

Gabrielle Birkner The University of Michigan was recently given a massive and eclectic collection of Passover Haggadahs. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: At Passover time, remember those struggling with infertility

Gabrielle Birkner Every Passover we read the section of Exodus that reminds us to keep in mind the convert, the orphan and the widow. To this group, add those longing for a child, blogger Amy Klein writes. ... [Link]

Report: Many Jewish leaders sought leniency for Met Council’s Rapfogel

Marcy Oster The Rapfogel backers included 19 rabbis, several politicians, and some of the most prominent Jewish leaders in New York City and the country, according to the investigative report on the City & State ... [Link]

Netanyahu to visiting senators: Proposed deal ‘paves way’ for Iranian bomb

Marcy Oster Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, said the U.S. delegation in Israel shared the Israeli prime minister’s concerns about the potential agreement. ... [Link]

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