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If you are making a seder for the first time…

By Karen Schwartz, Chabad.org/News With people staying in place to celebrate Passover with immediate family only, in accordance with government guidelines for the...

Denverite authors and illustrates ‘The Jewcy Haggadah’

In 2003, Debbie Foster was a teacher at Stepping Stones . . . to a Jewish Me, a program for interfaith families. When it came time for teaching about Passover, Foster...

The tomb of Esther and Mordechai

By Chen Malul, National Library of Israel In 1968, a vigorous correspondence developed between Jewish representatives in the Iranian parliament and government officials....

Storied Amsterdam menorah gets a makeover

AMSTERDAM — For the Amsterdam Jewish Historical Museum, Chanukah this year entailed the stressful chore of assembling the world’s most expensive menorah. Last...

How my Bukharian community celebrates Chanukah

CHANUKAH 5780 SECTION E PAGE 13 By Manashe Khaimov, JTA/My Jewish Learning When I was growing up in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, all of my relatives and friends lived close...

Recalling a powerful Chanukah heroine, Judith

CHANUKAH 5780 SECTION E PAGE 9 By Steph Black, JTA/Alma Chanukah season means latkes, menorahs and the retelling of the classic story about Judah and the Maccabees. But...

Who is the headless Sukkot celebrant?

By Chen Malul, National Library of Israel In 1661, a book of Jewish customs was published in Amsterdam. Uri Weibash originally wrote Minhagim (“Customs” in Hebrew)...

Rosh Hashanah identifies an irreplaceable humanity

By David Bashevkin Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of mankind. But if Rosh Hashanah is indeed the collective birthday of humanity, why do we celebrate with all...

Ahead of Yom Kippur, Mayim Bialik’s mea culpas

By Mayim Bialik In the Reform synagogue I was raised in, they taught us a song around the Jewish New Year: “Let’s be friends. Make amends. Now’s the time to say...

The etrog: Judaism’s best-kept health secret

ROSH HASHANAH EDITION 5780 SECTION D PAGE 6 By Rachel Myerson NEW YORK — For most Jews, the etrog, a thick-rinded citrus, is relegated to a fleeting, supporting role....