Category Archives: Pesach

Eliza, Coming Out of Mitzrayim

There is nothing like good art. Art that makes you think. Art that has nine lives. Last week we saw the new production of My Fair Lady at the Lincoln Center Theater, here in NYC. It was wonderful. This story … Continue reading

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My Grandmother’s Bilkalach

One of my warmest childhood memories is of the time that I spent at my grandmother’s house in The Bronx. On Sundays, after Hebrew school, we gathered with aunts, uncles, and cousins for all sorts of special foods, lively conversation, … Continue reading

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Dayenu: When Is It Enough

Sitting at a friend’s seder table, full and content and a bit bleary-eyed, I was awakened by this lovely sermon that was to be given the next morning. Welcome, guest blogger Rabbi Rosalie M. Osian. Thanks for sharing your words. … Continue reading

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Bread of Affliction: One Crust at a Time

As with most Jewish educators, Sunday mornings are generally not spent with the paper, coffee, and a lovely brunch with friends. We are up early, sometimes ridiculously early, to make Jews. We are teaching holidays, hearing Hebrew, and this time … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger: Happy Thanksgiving, Make Yourself a Seder

TIME TO PLAN YOUR THANKSGIVING SEDER! –Turkey and Football are Not Enough! No one knows exactly what happened at the first Thanksgiving, but we are pretty sure that God was on the guest list. Along the way, Thanksgiving, like so … Continue reading

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Blogging the Torah: Parashat Ki Tavo, Give Us Your First Fruits, and Second, and Third….

When Israel stood to receive the Torah, the Holy One said to them, “I am giving you My Torah. Bring Me good guarantors that you will guard it.” First the people said, “Our patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are our … Continue reading

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In Search of Sparks

Ask a little kid how old they are and you will very rarely get a round number.  Instead of 4 years old they might say, “I’m four and three quarters” or “I’m going to be five in thirty-four days.” Kids … Continue reading

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The Third Bridge Table on the End

I am the youngest child and the youngest grandchild.  My mother is the youngest of seven girls.  At the seders of my childhood, I was at the end of what always seemed like the longest possible table, my grandmother’s huge … Continue reading

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Freedom, For Real

It is no surprise that this is the time of year that I find myself contemplating freedom.  As we begin to study Pesach, the festival where we recall our redemption from Pharaoh’s oppression, I ask my students what freedom means.  … Continue reading

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