Ah, MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’ announcement day. Or as we like to call it in my household, Passover. (Hey, did Bob Hope ever get one of these things?) This morning I awoke and turned grimly to the life-size picture of Richard Nixon that hangs over my bedside table (do any of these GENIUSES have pictures of […]
At sundown two days ago Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day on Atonement, came to an end, marking both the close of the High Holiday season and the last time most Jews will have a religious thought until Passover. This Yom Kippur also markedShow More Summary
Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza are sealed shut for Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur is the most hypocritical day of the Jewish calendar. Or is it Passover, where the liberation promised to us, is denied to Palestinians?
Many Jewish holidays rely on an iconic symbol, such as the Hanukkah menorah or Passover Seder plate. While most congregations require membership and tickets to attend the services, some organizations and synagogues are offering services free of charge. On Maryland’s News This Week Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg, who has led Beth Tfiloh for 37 years, praised
Passover may be long since gone, but this stitched, stop-motion animation of Passover folk song Chad Gadya by Nina Paley and Theodore Gray was just too impressive to pass over. Buy the matzoh cover animation cells here.
It is the middle of the afternoon and I am standing in a crowded Whole Foods trying to read another person’s mind through an iPhone. When he asks for “organic” eggs, does he really want “humane”? Is “kosher for Passover” the same thing as “kosher”? Does he want a mix... More »
Nicole Eisenman's painting "Seder" puts the viewer at the center of a formal Passover family gathering.
Chad Gadya is a traditional Passover song (lyrics here). Nina Paley and Theodore Gray animated it using embroidery on matzoh covers, a process Paley calls “embroidermation.” She also calls it “Our most ridiculously labor-intensive animation ever!” I can see that. Show More Summary
The amazing Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues) and Theodore Gray created a fantastic embroidered stop-motion animation of my favorite traditional Passover song "Chad Gadya." (more…)
Judaism believes in the particularity of time, that certain times have special spiritual properties: that Shabbat has an extra degree of holiness; that Pesach (Passover) is the time of our liberation; that Shavuot is a time unusually conducive to revelation....
A controversy over next year’s New York presidential primary has passed over.
A state Assembly group wants to change next year’s proposed presidential primary date because it falls during the holiday of Passover.
“Imagine having to take an exam on Christmas or Passover!”So begins a petition from 170 students at Montgomery County’s Chevy Chase Elementary School urging their school board to close schools for two major Muslim holidays as a matter of respect and fairness.Read full article >>
A two-year-old named Claudia was visiting the White House for a Passover seder when she lost her cool. This really might be the best picture ever: my niece Claudia throwing a fit at Passover. pic.twitter.com/SU1r94QyTd — Benjamin Moser...Show More Summary
It wasn’t just any tantrum. It was a White House tantrum. The Moser family was visiting the White House for Passover Seder. The Jewish family met President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in the Red Room of the White House and that’s where it went down. Literally. The little Moser, Claudia decided to throw […]
Two-year-old Claudia was visiting the White House with her family for a Passover Seder when she just had enough!
At Cuepoint, Gordon Moakes, bassist for Bloc Party and Young Legionnaire, explores the beautiful restraint of Joy Division's "Passover," from Closer. Read the rest
In yet another completely isolated incident, a rightwing nutjob and self-identified “Sovereign Citizen” has been arrested for sending some amusing Passover gifts to a couple of Jewish targets in Boulder, Colorado. Jeffrey Klinkel, our...Show More Summary
Self-declared sovereign citizen sends white powder to Jewish Center in Boulder, Colorado as Passover gift.
We were sitting around a table drinking tea and interviewing clerics at a mosque outside of Tehran on the first night of Passover. I wondered if my yet-to-be disclosed Judaism would be revealed before the identity of my government-required...Show More Summary