Pesach

Belfast Seder warms up Israelis for World Cup win

By Cathy Forman, April 8, 2013

A Seder service in Belfast proved the ideal preparation for the Israel football squad before the World Cup qualifying group game against Northern Ireland last week.

Celtic defender Rami Gershon — who played in the 2-0 defeat of the Irish — was among those who enjoyed the festival celebration in the squad’s hotel the previous evening.

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A Pesach Love Story

By Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, March 29, 2013

Shir Hashirim, the Song of Songs, is the strangest book in the Hebrew Bible, one of the strangest ever to be included in a canon of sacred texts. It is written as a series of songs between two human lovers, candid, passionate, even erotic. It is one of only two books in Tanach that does not explicitly contain the name of God (Esther is the other) and it has no obvious religious content.

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Extending traditional Seder tables

By Zoe Winograd, March 25, 2013

World Jewish Relief, Tsedek, Gefiltefest and the Jewish Social Action Forum have come together to publish a haggadah supplement that brings awareness to the national Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign.

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At least four good questions

By David Robson, March 25, 2013

There are few enough occasions when a wandering Jew with limited knowledge and skills can be of use to others. My DIY expertise with chisel and hacksaw, for example, probably wouldn't commend me to you as a cut-price mohel (you may fear that the price might not be all I would cut).

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Why do we have to eat matzah on Pesach?

By Mordechai Beck, March 24, 2013

On a number of occasions in the Torah, the festival of Passover, Chag Hapesach is called Chag Hamatzot, the Feast of Unleavened Bread (eg Exodus 34:18; Leviticus 23:6, Deuteronomy 16:17). Pesach becomes transformed into korban pesach, an everlasting memory of that first night of freedom.

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Pesach’s supermarket sweep

By Angela Epstein, March 22, 2013

It was like a scene from one of those wartime espionage movies. No sooner had I lifted the seemingly innocuous package from the shelf of my local deli, than I felt the cold slap of a recriminatory hand on my shoulder.

In tones of sotto voce urgency, the owner of said arm hissed in my ear. "That stuff is much cheaper at the supermarket".

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Let's make this year different from all other years

By Richard Verber, March 21, 2013

When I was younger, my favourite part of the Pesach seder was reading about the 10 plagues. My family, not known for any particular theatrical prowess, suddenly found the ability for Oscar-worthy dramatic performances over dinner. Frogs would croak loudly, wild animals would roar through the house and hail would thunder down from the ceiling.

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Moses defeats Spider-Man over Pesach filming

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2013

A local politician in a heavily Orthodox Jewish area of New York has thanked the producers of Spider-Man for "letting my people park".

The next episode in the Spider-Man franchise, which stars Jewish actor Andrew Garfield as the webbed superhero, is being filmed in Williamsburg.

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The Maccabeats: Les Misérable, A Passover Story

By Jennifer Lipman, March 19, 2013

A Pesach tune with a theatrical edge just in time for Pesach.

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Doing a brisk Pesach trade in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 18, 2013

Manchester shoppers are taking advantage of the Pesach price war among the major supermarket chains.

Tesco offers the greatest choice of Passover goods and at its Prestwich branch, newly married Ari Spitzer — who will be making his first Passover with his wife — said the community appreciated the efforts of supermarkets to cater for Jewish consumers.

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