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The 1998 animated film the Prince of Egypt tells the story of the Children of Israel’s leap of faith as they escaped bondage.
The story is about a process that contains both Exile and Redemption at every moment.
A physical descent can sometimes mask the tremendous energy and power encased in a person’s soul
Jerusalem Foundation president Shai Doron is attempting to plan for the city’s long-term future once the crisis ends.
As deadly as the coronavirus has thus far proven to be, it does not even remotely approach other outbreaks.
Freelance journalist Annika Hernroth-Rothstein has spent the past five years chronicling distressed Jewish communities and their search for freedom.
For the 115 Ethiopians who made aliyah last month, their arrival is both a manifestation of a dream realized, but also bittersweet, as many family members are still in limbo back home.
A tiyyul to Israel’s South, even if it must necessarily be a virtual one, can help recall our ancestors’ Exodus from Egypt.
The story of Israeli wine epitomizes the historic transformation Judaism is going through.
With the coronavirus outbreak, this year’s Passover will certainly be one to remember
The University of Haifa’s Clinics for Law and Social Change embarked on a mission to assess the mental health of refugees in Greece. The volunteers who listened to their stories are forever changed.
While Michelson may have felt no affinity to his Jewish roots, it does not really matter. Every list of Jewish Nobel Prize winners includes Albert Michelson.
Chava was born and raised in Mexico in a Yiddish-speaking home.
The purpose of the Haggadah is to fulfill the important commandment “and you shall tell your son” (and your daughter, we might add) the story of the Exodus.
Like many other mikvahs, Mayyim Hayyim had remained open even after other Jewish institutions shut down, employing enhanced cleaning procedures in mitigate risk.
In a letter, the rabbis call on Jews to, "to adhere – with total commitment – to the health and safety protocols as set out by their country," and to keep the 'Great-Shabbat' leading up to Passover.
Find out a Rabbi's perspective on this newly relevant question.
The main lesson humanity is learning now is that we shouldn’t count on the system to work for the individual. People understand that whoever doesn’t take care of himself, others cannot do it for him.
Unwittingly, Plato touched on a most fundamental aspect of the Jewish tradition.
A website has been launched online so that hosts can hold events to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day, since official events have been canceled.
Bieber assumedly knows the prayer from his Jewish long-time manager, Scooter Braun.
“It’s important to look at what Passover represents as a whole, which is the idea that faith can transcend anything and that hope can be found everywhere,” said Mendi Baron.
For the past few weeks as the Passover holiday inched toward us, preparations for the commemoration and celebration of the holiday have given rise to growing angst.
When I contemplated giving away the dishes and glassware that I’d cherished and added to for more than half a century, I realized I couldn’t do it.
The notes are removed bi-annually every year before Passover and Rosh Hashana, however this year extra emphasis was placed on sanitation and hygiene.
The organization expressed great concern about the decision, despite "the pain caused by leaving the Western Wall empty for the first time in the State of Israel's history."
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The day of learning is virtual. It will be broadcast live on Zoom LINK via Matan and will also be available live on the Jerusalem Post website.
Rayatz was an avid collector of books and he added a postscript to his letter noting that – despite his critique of Alfes – he had yet to receive two other works Alfes has written.
Wishing everyone – the Jewish nation and all of humanity – good health!
This year’s Seder will be one to remember, too. A Seder for two, I hope, as I pray that neither my husband nor I will be harboring the coronavirus and be hospitalized.
I have my own feelings.
On this Passover, the holiday’s meaning will be the same, and yet the form will be quite different from any we have ever celebrated before.
The decision to blur virtual reality with actual reality and relax the rules of minyan should not be taken lightly.
Chief Rabbis Yitzhak Yosef and David Lau said that prayer services with a maximum of ten men spaced two meters apart could still be held.
Generally, disagreements among family members about who remembers most accurately, do not end with serious consequences.
Especially during the coronavirus crisis, selling your chametz should be done easily online.
A decision Thursday by the Village of Kiryas Joel, a Hasidic enclave an hour north of Manhattan, may hint at what’s to come.
In this city where Hitler was once in control there is a unique reason to not let anything deter a celebration of Jewish scholarship. Where once there was tragedy, now there is celebration.
These are difficult times. We all send wishes for a speedy and complete recovery to all those who are sick, and condolences to the bereaved families. Our hearts are with you!
At the age of 93, a man has his Bar-Mitzvah, because when he was 13 the Nazi's burned down his synagogue.
I had the honor of attending the hanukat habayit ceremony of the Eliyahu HaNavi synagogue, also known by the name of its street – Nebi Daniel in Alexandria, Egypt.
But as the coronavirus upends ever more aspects of daily life and social distancing becomes the order of the day, such basic human acts have virtually overnight become threats to public health.
Passover traditions have been upended by the coronavirus and the restrictions necessary to contain its spread.
Forty days without Moses is a long time.
One of the directives pertains to the making of the incense, a blend of herbs and balms placed on coals inside the Mishkan, which spread a pleasant smell
But as we are getting close to judging the Book of Esther unforgivingly ourselves, we must step back and look at the work as a referendum on how Godless politics are and how dangerous power can be.
Here's what to do in circumstances where Jewish customs and rituals might increase the chance of exposure to, or spreading, of the Covid-19 coronavirus.
Documents discovered in the CAHJP archives reveal a surprising initiative undertaken by the Jews of Iran and the country’s government to mark 2,500 years since the Edict of Cyrus.
The Great Synagogue of Tel Aviv will livestream the megillah reading, but those who aren't sick are still required to hear it in person.
The press release points out that the hearing of the megila in a community is only an option and that Jewish tradition places caution in health matters over religious harshness.
“I can say that doing something good for people, making sweets with your own hands, and putting all your heart in is so much better than receiving any gifts," said one of the volunteers.
Short stories provide a rich look at black lives from sawmill workers to gamblers to washerwomen.
One of the unique items of clothing belonging to the kohen gadol, the high priest, was called Hoshen HaMishpat, which the kohen wore on his chest.
Queen Esther’s story is celebrated even in haredi quarters, and elicits nary a peep from the #MeToo movement.
We can’t help but wonder: Why do you we need to know all these details?
The translation from Hebrew to English took world renowned Rabbi Steinsaltz 8 years to complete.
When we teach, our goal is not only to bequeath knowledge. We want to have our student internalize the content. The material has to be presented to the students “like a table, set and prepared to eat
Purim is a holiday meant for hiding our faces, but losing them isn't something anyone wants.
When Wassilevsky described hassidism’s approach to Zion, it seems that contemporary issues were close to his mind; it is not always clear when he is channeling hassidism or speaking in his own voice.
God spoke to everyone and wanted a partnership with everyone
The 376-page treasure took several months to restore due to the complicated procedure and its delicate condition.
Monday's gathering was within the framework of a week of Tu B'Shvat oriented activities that included the planting of trees in the Lahav Forest in the southern part of the country.
The connection between the Jewish New Year for the Trees and WIZO can be further illustrated through the following Tu Bishvat related stories.
There are many customs that have arisen to remind us of the meaning of this day.
Was the Exodus from Egypt only a dress rehearsal? Is it now?
When we work toward positive goals, when we try to add holiness to human reality, we merit being the “hand of God.”
Over 26,000 people are already using the app. The 14th Daf Yomi (daily page) cycle began in January.
Rabbi Matityahu Glazerson, who has written more than 30 books, made a video in which he uses Bible codes to back his prediction that within the year Iran will attack Israel.
Controversial biblical scholar Rabbi Matityahu Glazerson: "You have it exactly in the section of the Torah that says things you should not eat."
Inevitably, many people, particularly young people, admit that in their “regular” lives, it hardly matters at all.
The path to freedom and goals.
Making the biblical books of Prophets accessible.
A response to AB Yehoshua’s views on Jewish nationalism.
The celebration of Tu Bishvat is seen in Israel as a symbolic return to the world of nature, and of rootedness in a specific place, the ancestral soil.
A history of Tu Bishvat in the land of milk and honey
At this time of year, the nights are still longer than the days, but we have turned the corner on this. The darkness that prevails at night is beginning to lessen.
While within Jewish law, fatherhood is established through the owner of the sperm, the case of ovum donation is more critical because Jewish status.
This week, in parashat Va’era, we begin to read about the exodus from Egypt. Most of the story is devoted to the 10 plagues, the 10 supernatural phenomena that afflicted Egypt.
Every family’s story can speak for all of us on International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Those of us who pray regularly can’t help but ask whether prayer works, as if “works” is defined by whether the entire universe bent to your wishes and desires, based on your simple request.
Only when we are confident in the possibility of reality being better can we wholeheartedly devote ourselves to repairing humanity.
At 17, Hila Schlakman is the youngest female to have completed the seven year study of the Talmud.
Elior Koroghli is the great-granddaughter of MH King Monivong, who ruled Cambodia until 1941.