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The bounty of the first harvest is something to be celebrated and shared on Shavuot. (Wikimedia Commons)

Reclaiming the ‘harvest’ aspect of Shavuot

As we approach Shavuot, there’s a battle going on in our garden over who — or what — will get our first fruits. In ancient days in Israel, beginning at Shavuot...

Shmurah — not your average matzah

PASSOVER EDITION 5776 SECTION B PAGE 6 IT COSTS more per pound than filet mignon. It might be burnt or taste like cardboard. It’’s so delicate it often breaks in...

How to…make your own Haggadah

PASSOVER EDITION 5776 SECTION C PAGE 7 THE HEBREW word haggadah means “narration” or “telling.” As the Passover seder’s instruction manual, the Haggadah is the most...

Seven ways to combine costumes and mishloach manot

Groggers, candy and music. A story that involves royalty, a beauty pageant and the antagonist getting hung on a tree. And let’s not forget the costumes. Purim is a...

Not just fruit: Tu b’Shevat a chance for personal growth

LOS ANGELES —— For the last three years, I’’ve celebrated Tu b’Shevat — the Jewish New Year of the Trees — by organizing a participatory seder in a nearby...

Gift Guide: Chanukah children’s books

CHANUKAH EDITION 5776SECTION D PAGE 4 NEW YORK — Sharing blessings, welcoming guests, and friendship are themes that illuminate a new crop of Chanukah books for...

Gift Guide: Mensch on a Bench is toy and book combo

LEADING UP to Chanukah, 2014, former Hasbro toy and game company employee Neal Hoffman conducted a successful Kickstarter online crowdfunding campaign to get out his new...

Your etrog…courtesy of Mohammed

ASSADS, Morocco — Why the Jews want etrogs, Mohammed Douch does not entirely understand. What he does know is that they are his main customers. Each August and...

Atonement in the age of social media

COMING FROM a non-observant family of Jewish immigrants from the Former Soviet Union to Israel, a country where many people tend to lead secular lifestyles, I...

Seeing red

ROSH HASHANAH EDITIONSECTION D PAGE 5 JERUSALEM — The Temple Institute is working together with an Israeli cattleman to raise a Red Heifer in Israel, in strict...