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Person in the Parsha: Shabbat HaGadol as Independence Day


I remember well when the age at which one could vote or drink was 21. From my perspective when I was a child, and frankly eager to do these things, it seemed to be an injustice to set the age bar so high. 21 seemed a long way off. 

As time progressed, the age for all of these things...

Rabbi in Moldova helps save a life and scores matzah for his community


(JTA) — Last week, Mendy Axelrod was working to secure a supply of matzah for his Jewish community in Moldova ahead of Passover. It’s no easy task this year, as air and land traffic into the small Eastern European country has been suspended due to the coronavirus.

Then near tragedy struck.

Axelrod, a Chabad rabbi working in the capital Chisinau, had to drop everything to save the...

Celebrity-studded Saturday Night Seder yields 1M viewers, $2.6M for charity and 4 big insights about the Jewish people


(JTA) — With its glittering assembly of stars, jokes that worked and attendees who could, well, sing, it was the Zoom Seder you wished you had.

The Saturday Night Passover Seder that aired on YouTube over the weekend brought together dozens of celebrities and raised $2.6 million for the CDC Foundation, the nonprofit wing of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the government agency guiding America...

‘The Prince of Egypt’ composer on the musical theater adaptation, his career and his family’s Passover tradition

(JTA) — “The Prince of Egypt” is having another moment in the desert sun.

The 1998 animated film on Moses and the Exodus story has been turned into a recent musical in London. It’s streaming on Hulu. And in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, the original movie’s music is getting online love from fans who are being soothed by soundtrack tunes such as “When You Believe,” which won an...

Orthodox Yizkor Passover service to be broadcast over JBS

(WESTHAMPTON BEACH, New York) – The Hampton Synagogue’s Passover Yizkor memorial service will be broadcast twice on Thursday morning, April 16, at 8:00 and 11:00 a.m. over the JBS (Jewish Broadcasting Service) cable network.

Rabbi Marc Schnier will lead the pre-recorded service that could reach some 49 million home across the country.

The Yizkor memorial service includes Tihillin (Psalms) performed by Cantor Netanel Hershtik and will be accompanied by Maestro...

The upside to celebrating in isolation: This might be the holiest Passover ever


NEW YORK (JTA) — Sitting at my Seder table with my two eldest daughters and my wife, I was struggling to find something to say that would provide meaning to this moment. Here we were: alone, beginning a Passover unlike any other we had ever experienced and, please God, will ever experience. 

Moments before Passover began, I found out about another friend’s father death. This had been the...

Passover 2020



Over the course of history, countless thousands of editions of the Passover Haggadah – the liturgical text at the heart of the Seder – have been published or produced in manuscript. More become available with each passing year, a blessing for collectors and ordinary Seder celebrants alike.

The word “Haggadah,” together with the “Magid” section of the Seder, is derived from the Hebrew verb meaning...

Idina Menzel, Ilana Glazer, Ben Platt and many more celebs to lead a ‘Saturday Night Seder’ to raise money for CDC fund

(JTA) — An all-star team of Jewish celebrities (and some non-Jewish ones) are putting on a virtual Passover Seder — which is sure to include plenty of music and comedy — on Saturday night to raise money for a Center for Disease Control fund for first responders working during the coronavirus outbreak.

The full list, seen here, includes names such as Idina Menzel, Mayim Bialik, Ben Platt, Ilana Glazer, Josh...

Staying home will save lives this Passover — so spread the word


NEW ROCHELLE (JTA) — Jewish holidays, typically times of joy and gathering, have this year become times of increased danger and foreboding.

Particularly among the observant and Orthodox communities, Purim was — and now Passover will be — occasions when following tradition as usual can be deadly. The spirit of togetherness is part of the DNA of Passover. And yet, in these times of the novel coronavirus, that very...