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Sweet Shavuot in Saloniki

By Zack Rothbart, National Library of Israel “Saloniki’s Jews . . . eagerly awaited the arrival of the Shavuot holiday . . . They especially loved and cherished it...

She survived the 1918 flu — and 2020 coronavirus

WASHINGTON — After Marilee Shapiro Asher was admitted to the hospital in mid-April sick with COVID-19, her daughter got a call from the doctor telling her she ought to...

Last surviving Bielski brother: ‘If you see a person who needs help, help’

By Jackson Richman Aron Bielski is the youngest and last living member of the Bielski brigade, which he founded along with three of his brothers. Their activities have...

What is a goat (‘Chad Gadya’) doing at the seder?

By Amit Noar For most modern secular readers not well versed in the enigmatic midrashic style of our Sages, the Passover Haggadah is a rather abstruse text. The decision...

Beijing Haggadah — in Hebrew, English and (some) Chinese

By Alan Grabinsky BEIJING — Unlike Hong Kong or Shanghai, which received Jewish emigrants fleeing from WW II, Beijing does not have a robust Jewish history. In the...

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...

Daf Yomi attracts wide spectrum of learners

NEW YORK — In December, when she was given two to four years to live, Catherine Johnson decided to start studying a page of Talmud a day. The expansive work of Jewish...

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....

Living Judaism through the land

REISTERSTOWN, Md.— When Sarah Julia Seldin arrived at the main national gathering of Jewish foodies in 2016, she was disappointed to find no programming aimed...