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Passover: A Festival of Law and Order

Most Americans think of the Jewish Passover holiday as a “Feast of Freedom.” But a deeper understanding of the festival, which concludes its eight days of celebration Saturday night, acknowledges a simultaneous emphasis on law and...

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Passover in a Pandemic

At festive Passover celebrations, Jewish people traditionally ask: “Why is this night different from all other nights.” This year, we’ll ask: “Why is this Passover different from all other Passovers?” In place of Seder tables...

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Life Is Stronger than Death

On the last days of Passover, while helping lead a holiday festival retreat in the California desert, I saw my father for the first time in ten years. Awakened by a loud, frightening knock on our hotel door at three in the morning, I...

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Passover Shows that Freedom is a Process

The festival of Passover, which begins this year at sundown of Good Friday, teaches that freedom is a process, not just the absence of slavery. At traditional Seder meals, participants drink four cups of wine, corresponding to the four...

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“The Choosing People” of Passover

As Jewish people around the world prepare to celebrate Passover on April 10th, it’s worth recalling an often-ignored aspect of the Exodus story. The Midrash, a nearly-2,000-year-old collection of elucidations of the Biblical text,...

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A Fifth Passover Question: Why Bother?

GUEST COLUMN BY DIANE MEDVED   Here we are on the eve of Passover 5774, (the year according to the Jewish calendar), and the celebration of the traditional Seder, a meal rife with symbolism. After ridding the house of leavened...

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