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Holiday Features

On Tisha b’Av, feeling the loss from the flames

LOS ANGELES — On Yom Kippur, we ask “Who by fire?” Sadly, this year at Tisha b’Av we already know who — the 19 firefighters who perished in Arizona. “This is as...

Following the ancient Egyptian signs to the Red Sea

PASSOVER EDITION SECTION C PAGE 10 LOS ANGELES — If the Passover Haggadah seems like hieroglyphics to you, it could be a good thing. Though the Israelites left Egypt...

How Meir Panim helps the poor on Pesach

By Shlomo Stephens PASSOVER EDITION SECTION B PAGE 4 WHILE the ancient Israelites were miraculously able to rid themselves of back-breaking bondage and enter the...

‘Tolkien’ b’Shevat

LOS ANGELES — What lore does Bilbo Baggins have to share with us about Tu b’Shvat? While viewing “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and hearing the Middle Earth...

Etrog farm

SCOTTSDALE — Matt Bycer is like any other 33-year-old attorney who wakes up at the crack of dawn to exercise. Except that rather than sweating to a P90X regimen, Bycer,...

Chanukah: The holiday of Jewish identity and integrity becomes very public

LOS ANGELES — It doesn’t get more “only in America” than this: A Christian president with an African-born Muslim father throws a Chanukah party at the White House,...

Consuming 100 sufganiyot — for charity

IN 2009, Elie Klein placed a gentleman’s wager with two neighbors in Bet Shemesh, Israel, to see how many sufganiyot (deep fried, jelly-filled donuts) they could...

Should my sukkah have a debt ceiling?

LOS ANGELES — Each Sukkot we read in Kohelet, Ecclesiastes, that there “is a time to tear down, and a time to build up.” For my sukkah it was time for both. Last year...

In the spirit of the Mishnah…freeing up the seder

By David Arnow, JTA SCARSDALE, NY —— You can find the secret to creating lively Passover seders in a surprising place — the 1,800-year-old law code, the Mishnah....

Baking your own matzah

LOS ANGELES — In every generation, the Haggadah tells us, the wise, the simple, the non-askers and even the baddies are obligated to see themselves as though they...