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Soloveitchik and Schechter Haggadahs

NEW YORK — Why is this Passover different than all other Passovers? On most Passovers, it is the liberal Jewish denominations that seek to reinterpret the holiday...

A sun-size birthday

By The Bostoner Rebbe Our sun may be some 150 million kilometers away, with its heat and light sustaining life here on earth; over a million kilometers wide and big...

Conservative alumni like ‘indie minyans’

NEW YORK — It’s been a tough few weeks for the leadership of the United Synagogue, the Conservative movement’s synagogue association. The recent announcement that...

Tel Aviv centenary: first Hebrew city an international destination

TEL AVIV — When Yoram Kaniuk was born in Tel Aviv in 1930, it was a small place with just 20,000 people and a handful of paved roads. But for Kaniuk and his friends, it...

Blessing of the sun

By Yehudis Fishman BOULDER —— Every so often — maybe even once in a lifetime — a person sees an open miracle. Every 28 years, there is a mitzvah that a person can...

‘CP is part of my everyday living’: David’s story

David Last darts his fair-haired head into the reception office at Herzl-RMHA’s lower school. “Now what?” he asks his mom Sheryl, who is close but far from cloying....

The painful fraternity of the kidnapped

Karnit Goldwasser, a slim, attractive Israeli, stands before the Allied Jewish Federation board to call attention to the continuing plight of Gilad Shalit. Since Shalit...

Sun blessing: Rare ritual meets ecology

NEW YORK — Jews across the denominational spectrum are gearing up for the observance of an obscure Jewish ritual “the blessing over the sun,” with a range of...

Despots & dictators: Why are there Middle East thugs?

Micah Halpern is fascinated by evil — so much so that his latest book is devoted exclusively to that timeless subject. The book in question is entitled Thugs, a title...

Save the trash, save the planet

LOS ANGELES — My parents are dining at a Jewish federation event with some folks from their community. As happens on occasion when Jewish parents get together, the...