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Why These Jewish Scientists Will Be Marching On Saturday April 20, 2017

"...‘It’s rarely a problem to get Jews excited about science; what’s harder is to get Jews excited about Judaism,’ said Rabbi Geoffrey Mitelman, founding director of Sinai and Synapses, which has scientists participating in marches nation-wide.

Passover: Freedom at What Price? April 7, 2017

We’d like to have a word with you about freedom: Passover
The ancient story has never been more powerfully relevant for our deeply divided nation.

Because Jewish Presents a Community Seder April 6, 2017

Join Because Jewish for a community seder in Williamsburg.
* Kosher for Passover meal provided by Chef Russell Moss
* Rituals, teachings, thought-provoking conversations and meditations from Rabbi Dan Ain and Miriam Eisenberger
* Music and singing led by Avi Steinhardt
* Also available — family fun seder table with activities for children and their parents!

Rabbis Without Borders: Why Are Seders So Slow? (And Why They Don't Have To Be!) April 6, 2017

"For the fourth year in a row, one of my congregants, Elyse Heise, has written and produced a Passover parody video. As in past years, our congregation loves to support this project because it is fun and creative, and it engages different members every year as they volunteer in a variety of roles. Older and younger members come together, sometimes meeting for the first time, for an afternoon of fun filming..."

The Wisdom Daily: What Dracula's Castle Taught Me About The Perils Of Bigotry April 6, 2017

"I'm penning this from a makeshift office that was either a dungeon or wine cellar many centuries ago, either of which is apropos for a digital nomad like myself. It's my last week in Romania, and I'm currently bundled up in the city of Brasov, Transylvania. Nestled in the Carpathian Mountains, the town is as mysterious and gothically beautiful as one would imagine, riddled with folklore, but sophisticated enough to maintain a kind of aloofness about it.

The Wisdom Daily: The Woman Who Connects Seder Food To Jewish History April 5, 2017

"For food historian and cookbook author, Joan Nathan, recipes need to be about more than just pretty food. What interests her, particularly at seder time, is how a recipe creates a connection to the past.

The Wisdom Daily: The Woman Who Invented Yoga...In Fourteenth Century England April 5, 2017

"The fourteenth century ends darkly. Bubonic plague strikes like the Apocalypse, while the Hundred Years War grinds on. The peasants revolt in a bid to wrest power from the nobility, while the church schisms as two pontificates vie for supremacy in a world gone mad. The storms of history rage, but deep in the storm’s eye, one woman stands tall. Despite all odds, she has found connection to a loving God through a series of yoga-like poses she calls body prayer..."

Rabbis Without Borders: For Passover and the Exodus, Think Rivers, Not Seas April 5, 2017

"....The story of Passover is a fundamental narrative within Jewish tradition and theology. Found in the Torah in the Book of Exodus, the story begins with the enslavement of the Israelites by Pharaoh in Egypt and concludes with their liberation by God through Moses. The details—the Israelites crying out, the harsh decrees of Pharaoh, Moses’s call at the burning bush, and the series of demands for freedom by Moses each accompanied by a plague—round out this overarching story of deliverance and emancipation.

Rabbis Without Borders: From a Passover of Alienation to a Passover of Empathy April 4, 2017

"...Passover is the centerpiece of the Jewish year and the focal point of the process of handing down the tradition to the next generation. And the focal point of Passover is the seder night with its Haggadah text. The Haggadah tells us – 'In every generation one must see himself as if he personally went out of Egypt.' We spend the whole night bringing alive the events of slavery and redemption. Towards what end? What is the take-away?

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