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Seven Sacrifices

Sarah Buzaglo

Snow dusts the ground on this chilly Sunday afternoon in Brooklyn. But images of fire and smoke are smoldering in every mind.

 

Fault Lines Ahead

Binyamin Rose

For two decades, the religious character of the Jewish state has been facing a slow, steady erosion. But now it’s intensified into an avalanche, as Conservative and Reform activists in the US are taking square aim at the Chief Rabbinate, doing their best to destabilize and weaken the sovereignty of halachah under the banner of “pluralism.” Their victories are now motivating opposing coalitions of Orthodox Jewish interests in the US and Israel to join forces. Their mission: Defend authentic Torah Judaism.

 

Fresh Out of the Old Oven

Ari Z. Zivotofsky and Ari Greenspan

In our journeys over the years, we’ve examined dozens of ancient matzah ovens, but most of these are just relics of now-defunct Jewish communities. That’s why we were so excited to discover some old factories still in operation; and while they’d never win an award for state-of-the-art technology, the long-standing customs — together with the fragrance of those fresh-baked matzos — are the mainstay of Pesach tradition.

 

Meet your Maror

Gila Arnold

They come to us all neatly bundled, washed, and ready to eat. But how do those perfectly wrapped bags of romaine lettuce get to our supermarket shelves? And can we be so sure that when we sit down to the Seder, our maror is really bug-free?



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At Our Doorstep
Rabbi Moshe Grylak In Israel, intermarriage still has some shock value
The Wrong Conversation
Yonoson Rosenblum How can we reattach Jews to the Jewish story?
Heart on Your Sleeve
Eytan Kobre Being pro-phylactery can be downright prophylactic
The Silver Lining
Alexandra Fleksher Who is brave enough to buck the dangerous trends?
Top 5 Uniquely Jewish Words
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin For some concepts, Yidden have the best words
10 Questions for Avi Kehat
Rachel Bachrach The Chesed Fund, for desperate people who need a fortune
On Speaking Terms
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman He learned firsthand, “What goes around comes around”
Stressed Out
Jacob L. Freedman “We’re going to aggressively help you take care of you”
Mona Knew to Pick a Winner
Riki Goldstein “Shloime, let’s sing this on Motzaei Shabbos”
Four Stanzas You Don’t Just Sing
Riki Goldstein “This is not a niggun that you just sing!” he exclaimed
A Part of Me
Riki Goldstein The fruit of two years’ preparation and collaboration
Worth the Hassle?
Riki Goldstein Travel can be challenging for musicians and bands
Know It All
Faigy Peritzman The wiser I get, the more I realize how little I know
No Time to Breathe
Sarah Chana Radcliffe When we don’t have a minute to spare is when we pause
On Dry Ground
Rebbetzin Shira Smiles Every day we thank Hashem for the miracle of dry land