August 5, 2015 / 20th of Av, 5775
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  • Haggadah_sammy_thumb
    My childhood memories of Passover are fleeting. My parents, my brothers, and I celebrated two-minute seders. Eat matzo. Four questions. Hide, find afikomen. Done. Thanksgiving, not Passover, was the holiday I remembered best. That was the day that brought us together.Now, I’m a Mom and more... Read More
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  • Rachel_packer
    Easter has come and gone.  The lonely leftover Peeps continue to haunt me at the supermarket with their beady little eyes and fluffy, gelatnous,  toxic colored bodies standing at attention from behind their boxed prisons.  The amassed leftover chocolate eggs and bunnies dutifully... Read More
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    Barry Shrage has served as president of Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) for over 20 years. We spoke with him just before Passover started to find out about how he celebrates with his family. How does Passover happen in the Shrage household? Who does cleaning, cooking, set up, what are the... Read More
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    (Delivered at Riverway Unplugged Service, April 15, 2011 - posted at www.jewminations.com)   This Shabbat is actually a special Shabbat called Shabbat HaGadol, or the Great Sabbath.  What makes this Sabbath so great is, unsurprisingly, subject to great debate.  Some claim that... Read More
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  • T4a
    Growing up, I thought of Passover as one of the "fun" Jewish Holidays. Despite being a celebration of Exodus, the Jews escape from slavery in Egypt, Passover allowed me to win money, sing songs, and in later, drink as much Manischewitz as I possibly could. Attending a High School with a large... Read More
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    On Sunday, April 10th, the Kesher 13 group from Temple Israel of Natick orchestrated a Passover program for the Jewish residents at Whitney Place Assisted Living Residences in Natick.   It was evident in their singing of "Dayenu", that the residents really enjoyed the... Read More
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  • Rachel_packer
    Hello again, my old friend Swiffer. I have watched you standing there lingering against the wall Like a lady in waiting or a jilted lover waiting to be reclaimed, longing to be loved. You patiently anticipate the day when thou shalt be realized As the premiere Passover appliance.  For,... Read More
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    “I don’t think you realize just how hard it’s going to be for you to eat,” numerous friends had warned me when they heard about our plans to visit Spain. Several thoughtful vegetarians warned me to stay away from the croissants, anything flaky, and to be wary of fried... Read More
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    Although most, if not all, Jewish holiday meals use certain foods and dishes to symbolize various elements of the celebration, the seder meal does so in a way that is integral to the ritual of the meal itself. From the maror to the zeroah, each has its place in the structure of the seder. Of all... Read More
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    Students Help Seniors Celebrate Holidays Observing holidays with family and friends makes them even more joyful and memorable. But for many elderly Jews in Greater Boston who are isolated and alone, the holidays can be a sad time. Happily, the elderly clients of the Jewish Healing Connections... Read More
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