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Just as many have asked, “Where were America’ s Jews in the 1930s and during the Shoah ?, ” our grand-children will ask, “Where were you after Oct. 7?” That’s … more
Riverdale remembered the Holocaust the way Jews commemorate so much: through ritual. The device created for this by Rabbi Avi Weiss at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale was a Yom HaShoah Seder. … more
As many of us are concluding our second seders late on Tuesday night, we will be remembering yetziyat Mitzrayim; we are, of course, commanded to do so. But we will also have in mind the 200th day of … more
The main course is a tasty, room-temperature side dish that you should make in advance so that when you are ready to grill, most of your meal is already prepared. I broil the eggplant slices in the … more
Matzah is as old as the Exodus. The flour and water cracker bread has a starring role in the saga, with the Jews leaving Egypt so quickly that they couldn’t let their bread rise. The … more
At the Great Neck Synagogue, Dr. Paul Brody and Russel Mendelson each chanted the Megillah. Brody, who taught Mendelson to chant as a North Shore Hebrew Academy student in 2007, holds a … more
This year, a raging war, increased antisemitism, and trouble on our college campuses weighs heavily on all our minds. We struggle with so many issues, all the while praying … more
With Purim approaching, we thought it might be helpful to consider the importance of speaking with your children about drinking. It’s an unpleasant topic, one that we parents might want to … more
Once upon a time, Achashverosh, the King of Persia, had his wife Vashti killed for failing to attend a banquet. Then he chose a beautiful Jewish woman named Esther to be his new Queen. He also … more
You can add a touch of whimsy to your misloach manot with 3D Queen Esther cookies, an edible art activity that’s a joy to design, in part because to create the cookies, we turn kitchen … more
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