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Ethiopian women in Gondar sift wheat in preparation for making matzah.

Ethiopians waiting to emigrate hold seder

JERUSALEM — Many of the at least 8,000 Ethiopians awaiting Israeli government approval to move to the Jewish state attended a Passover seder in Gondar or Addis Ababa...

American Airlines at O'Hare (Scott Olson/Getty)

What happens when your flight is canceled on erev Pesach

By Ben Sales and Josefin Dolsten The ancient Israelites had to cross the Red Sea. Four thousand years later, Jeannie R. Fisher had to get her family of five from New...

Pieter Heijs, owner of Hollandia Matzes.

In Holland, they love matzah all year long

PASSOVER EDITION 5778 SECTION C PAGE 10 ENSCHEDE, Netherlands — For most matzah bakeries, Passover is their lifeline and only claim to financial viability. After the...

Western Wall employees remove notes from between the stones of the wall before Passover, March 20. (Hillel Maeir/TPS)

Passover cleaning at the Western Wall

By Mara Vigevani If you wonder what happens to the hundreds of thousands of notes placed into the cracks of the Western Wall, here’s the answer: Twice a year, before...

Firefighter Yaakov Guttman at the Tel Aviv-Jaffa fire station.

Firefighter triumphs over learning disabilities

By Elizabeth Kratz Students with special needs often feel overwhelmed and helpless; many roadblocks can appear to block their way to success and cause them to think that...

Purim costumes at Brurya in Tel Aviv.

In Israel, Purim is a unifying force

Queen Esther and Uncle Mordechai, King Ahasuerus and that rogue Haman. All of them (and even poor old deposed Queen Vashti) would be flummoxed by the sheer volume of...

An etching of Sabbatai Sevi (Wikimedia Commons)

Muslims’ reverence for the eccentric Sabbatei Sevi

ULCINJ, Montenegro — Throughout 1988, Jusuf Lika had debilitating migraines and sensory disruptions that doctors blamed on the chemicals in the darkroom where he had...

A group of graduates from Brandies class of '17. (Mike Lovett/Brandeis University)

How to land your first job after college

BOSTON — Perhaps no question irritates college seniors more than this query: “What are you going to do after graduation?” Liberal arts majors who don’t have a...

Lester Wolff (Drew Angerer/Getty)

At 99, ex-congressman Lester Wolff holds forth

MUTTONTOWN, NY — Lester Wolff served eight terms in the House of Representatives, which is slightly above average for lawmakers. But he has a distinction few of his...

L-r: Gabrielle Birkner, Rebecca Soffer

Jewish journalists confront ‘Modern Loss’

By Lori Silberman Brauner NEW YORK — When Gabrielle Birkner and Rebecca Soffer met in 2007, the two Jewish journalists found they had much more in common than their...