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Happy Birthday, Aviv(a)

PASSOVER 5774 EDITION
SECTION C PAGE 24

Every year, my niece Aviva has the longest birthday party in the world. She was born seder night. And boy is it fun milking her birthday for all you can.

The years we share seder with her, she is the centerpiece of the evening. Clearly, in her honor, dessert for Seder night calls for a kosher for Passover birthday cake, a joyous culinary challenge to come up with. Of course, since her birthday is seder night, her actual party with her peers is after Passover. Another formal birthday cake. It’s pretty special being a Seder Baby.

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 April 2014 02:50 )

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Silence in the Haggadah and beyond

Silence in the Haggadah and beyond PASSOVER EDITION SECTION A PAGE 4 “. . . a time to be silent and a time to speak.” — Ecclesiastes 3:7 HAGADDAH means “telling” and Passover, of course, is the holiday of retelling the exodus from Egypt — the holiday of conversation, of questions and answers, of debates and inquiry. However, in one small corner of the Haggadah silence reigns. The fourth son in the Haggadah does not know how to ask a question. “You open up for him,” says the Haggadah. You start the conversatio...

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 April 2014 02:57 )

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Denial and the demonic

Denial and the demonicOn its face, this portion is Leviticus at its most inaccessible. Ugly lesions and discolorations appear on a person’s body. The victim turns to the priest. Based on the criteria laid down in last week’s portion, the priest knows whether this disfigurement is a sign of disease, requiring medical treatment, or a sign of ritual impurity. If the latter, the priest banishes the victim from all contact with society. Depending on various changes in the victim’s physical condition, he remains in ...
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Judaism, Christianity, environmentalism

AS I have often noted, the most dynamic and influential religion of the past hundred years has not been Christianity, let alone Judaism, the two religions that created the Western world. Nor has it been Islam. It has been leftism. Leftism has influenced the literary, academic, media and, therefore, the political elite far more than any other religion. It has taken over Western schools from elementary through graduate. For most of that time, various incarnations of Marxism have been the dominan...
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Foods from generation to generation

I confess: Come the holidays, and I am definitely a sentimental cook and eater. Proust’s famous tea-soaked madeleine that arrested time, transporting him to his childhood. That’s me. Granted, when it comes to matzah, it might be a bit tough. The original food-evoking item might actually need to have a flavor in the first place in order to evoke one a generation later, but let’s just chalk matzah up as an exception. It might not be madeleines, but for each of us there is a food or two who...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 April 2014 01:57 )

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