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Holiday Features

L-r: Talia Haykin, Carolin Aronis, David J. Farahi, Barbara Zimmerman

‘Let my people go’ — a community’s passion

“In light of Oct. 7 and the abduction of Israeli civilians who are still held hostage, what does the rallying cry, ‘Let My People Go!’ mean for you this...

L-r: Linda Foster, JFS; Miri Kornfeld, StandWithUs

A different Passover — two Denverites reflect

The Passover Haggadah, full of the story of persecution, perseverance and deliverance, will no doubt take on a new relevance when the book opens on April 22.

Darth Vader, Groucho Marx among names in new Haggadahs

The creators of new Passover Haggadahs focused on Zionism and American patriotism were working on their projects long before Oct. 7, when Hamas attacked Israel and...

Purim in wartime

We are, it seems, at an emotional crossroads. How do we celebrate the most joyful and raucous of Jewish holidays when there is a tragic scarcity of joy in our lives?

Purim is the only time of year Strauss Bakery makes haman- taschen in mass quantities. (Julia Gergely)

Brooklyn bakery cranks out hundreds of thousands of hamantaschen for Purim

In Borough Park, Brooklyn, a massive bakery thinks it has found the secret ingredient to baking hundreds of thousands of hamantaschen every Purim season.

Etrog — the wandering fruit

Together with Warren Klein, the curator of the Bernard Museum of Judaica at Temple Emanu-El, and Sharon Liberman Mintz, Josh Teplitsky’s probing into the history, use,...

Letter from Jerusalem — Divine peace

I have never seen nor even imagined a party like this. Hundreds of people were there; actually, thousands; truth to tell, tens of thousands of people were at this party....

Jewish children’s author recalls Sukkot, Iraqi-style

Growing up in Sydney, Sarah Sassoon, 42, had a very different experience from the canvas or wooden sukkah. The sukkahs that her Iraqi-born father made were composed...

IV therapy — from Instagram to pre-Yom Kippur hydration hack

The rise of non-medical IV treatments, a trend in so-called “wellness” culture that celebrities including Kendall Jenner and Hailey Bieber have popularized, has been...

The imprisoned — Yom Kippur speaks to them

“The One who answered Joseph in jail, will answer us.” So reads one of several imprisonment references in Yom Kippur prayers, in line with the themes of judgment and...