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Ma Nishtana

Why is this night different from all other nights? Millions of reasons. Millions of voices. Someone had the idea that at the Passover seder in Israel all the children...

Jewish leadership during the cholera epidemic, 1848

In 1848 a cholera epidemic struck Vilna, Lithuania. It was near Yom Kippur. Two incidents have come down to us from that frightful time, one rather well known, one not....

Celebrating Passover in a coronavirus world

Passover is the holiday when Jews come together for seder with families, friends and community to retell the core Jewish narrative which goes like this: We were slaves...

How long?

How long are we going to stay shut down? This is a question governments seem unable to ask, let alone answer. But they must. Millions are unemployed. Children are losing...

The Lag b’Omer of our time

On the second night of Passover we launched this year’s journey of counting the sefirah — the 49 days from Passover to the holiday of Shavuot, in preparation for...

So that it never happens again

A headline under the byline of William A. Galston caught our eye: “Appoint a Coronavirus 9/11 Commission” (Wall Street Journal, April 1). National security...

Underlying biases in the coronavirus era

Look at these diametrically opposed responses during the current pandemic: Response Number One: In Tennessee, there is apparently a higher rate of COVID-19 infections in...

A gift

I have the good fortune to share a birthday with one of the great poets, Robert Burns. The reason I say good fortune is because Burns’ birthday is no mere date on the...

The most meaningful Passover yet

A Colorado lawmaker recalled the Gestapo as he objected to the rules that have almost all of us confined to our homes. The comparison is ignorant. In 2020, unlike in...

Dying alone

Ma Nishtana? How is this night different from all other nights? This year, the refrain might be, “How is this Passover different than all other Passovers?” In every...