by Rabbi Tarlan Rabizadeh
posted on April 3, 2023
When I was a kid growing up, we would spend the first night of Passover Seder with one set of grandparents, and the second night with the other. I remember my grandfather, z”l, once greeting me with ‘Chag Sameach!’ Followed by a remark that on the holiday of Passover, I should always wear green. Read more...

And Moses Went Out to His Brothers...

by Dr. Robert Wexler
posted on April 15, 2022
The Torah provides very little detail about the early life of Moses. In the first ten verses of Exodus, chapter 2, we quickly learn that he was born to Hebrew parents, was saved from death by the ingenuity and courage of his mother and sister, and was adopted by the daughter of Pharoah who raised him as her son. Read more...

Freedom: American vs. Jewish Concepts

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by Rabbi Elliot Dorff, PhD
posted on March 24, 2021
American Jews like to think of the American and Jewish sides of their identity as being congruent, that they not only agree with each other but reenforce each other. This was articulated, for example, in one of my hometown rabbi’s favorite readings in the Sabbath and Festivals Prayer Book, edited by Rabbi Morris Silverman and used widely in Conservative synagogues from 1946 to the publication of Siddur Sim Shalom in 1985. The reading, “America- Founded on Biblical Precepts” (pp. Read more...

On the Other Side: Passover and Memories of Loved Ones

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by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson
posted on April 25, 2019
Haftarah Reading
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Preparing for Profound Transitions

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by Rabbi Gabriel Botnik
posted on April 6, 2018
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Haftarah Reading
The Passover Seder is a moment of profound transition, when we move from being Avadim (slaves) to Benei Chorin (liberated people). Such transitions are not to be taken lightly. They require immense preparation - of body, mind, and spirit - if one wishes for them to go smoothly. Read more...