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The target was The Jew

It’s never a good time to hear about a painful senseless act of hate and violence against our people. But there is something additionally poignant about it that punches you in the gut as you are immersed in preparing some new Haggadah thoughts for the seder, and up to your neck in Passover cooking with Yonatan Razel’s “Vehi She’amdah” playing in the background.

I will never forget the first newscast after the Passover holiday was over in Israel, when the Park Hotel in Netanya Israel was bombed on seder night.

A somber newscaster opened with, “It seems that in every generation they really do want to destroy us” — the first half of the  “Vehi She’amdah” passage.

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Liberal Lens

Other people’s corruption

IN America, there is regular ol’ corruption, and then there is Chicago Corruption, with a capital “C.” America’s third largest city is so notoriously corrupt, all you have to do is say “Chicago politics” and many people instantly start making jokes about payoffs and reciting lines from “The Untouchables.” Yet, while the Windy City’s brand of corruption is extreme, it is also emblematic, as a recent spate of revelations prove. Chicago is facing a pension shortfall for its poli...
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Voice from Israel

Is all Zionism really religious Zionism?

PASSOVER 5774 EDITIONSECTION C PAGE 23 There was a great deal of religious ambivalence about Zionism in its early years. On the one hand, the return to the Land of Israel had always been a religious aspiration of the Jewish people, and yet the nascent movement was a secular movement to its core, whether in the neutral sense that it viewed state-building as a non-religious endeavor, or in the anti-religious sense of jettisoning the exilic Jewish past in favor of a new Jew and a new anticlerical...

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 April 2014 02:56 )

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View from Central Park

Happy Birthday, Aviv(a)

PASSOVER 5774 EDITIONSECTION 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 Passo...

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

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View From Denver

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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