The Unusual Seder that Rocked the Heavens this Year

The Unusual Seder that Rocked the Heavens this Year

This past Shabbat afternoon I stopped by to visit my friend, who looked beyond exhausted. “What’s up? You OK?” I asked her. And then my friend proceeded to tell me how her youngest child, her 1st grader, hadn’t been feeling well on Seder night, and he’d slept through the entire thing. He hadn’t even been […]

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The Unforgettable Seder of My Father, Rabbi Yaakov Edelstein zt”l

The Unforgettable Seder of My Father, Rabbi Yaakov Edelstein zt”l

How do I reward myself for working so hard to get ready for Pesach? Every year, I treat myself to weekly sushi, my favorite food, and I spend at least a little time every night reading something I enjoy. The book I’ve been reading this pre-Passover is the newly-released bestseller, “Jacob’s Ladder: Rabbi Yaakov Edelstein […]

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Forget About the Afikomen, Who Stole Pesach?! by IDF Captain Aviad Hazani

Forget About the Afikomen, Who Stole Pesach?! by IDF Captain Aviad Hazani

This morning, at the bus stop I heard two older women talking about how there’s nothing to eat on Passover. Yesterday, a friend muttered something my way about matzot and stomach pains. And over the last few days, I have come across dozens of posts about Passover-cleaning suffering. Dear friends, Passover is being stolen from […]

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“The Holiest Day of My Life”: A Personal Account of Israel’s 1st Elections in 1949

“The Holiest Day of My Life”: A Personal Account of Israel’s 1st Elections in 1949

70 years ago, just 4 years after the Holocaust, and after thousands of more Jewish lives had been lost in Israel’s War of Independence, Rabbi Moshe Alpert went very early one morning in 1949, in his finest Shabbat clothing, to vote in Israel’s first elections. Rabbi Alpert clearly saw the miracle, the Divine hand that […]

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Dreaming About Pesach Cleaning from the ICU (2 Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Dreaming About Pesach Cleaning from the ICU (2 Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Reflections on the mother of a very ill baby and Pesach cleaning. We spent this past Shabbat in Tsfat, and while there I met an incredibly lovely woman named Chaya. Chaya has soft-brown eyes, a gorgeous smile. She radiates quiet joy, deep faith. Seeing her, you would never guess that 16 months ago Chaya gave […]

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3 Years After Henkin Family Terror Attack, a Mazal Tov (3-Minute Video)

3 Years After Henkin Family Terror Attack, a Mazal Tov (3-Minute Video)

Reflections on the bar mitzvah of the oldest son of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin HY”D. Three and a half years ago on Succot, Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin were driving home when they were brutally murdered by Palestinian terrorists in front of their 4 young children. My husband, Joshua, is a program director at […]

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