Pesach

Former Staines minister returns for seder demonstration

May 2, 2008

Former Staines Synagogue minister Rabbi Yehuda Black, now at Kenton, returned to conduct a demonstration seder for almost 100 people organised to promote the local Council of Christians and Jews. CCJ chief executive David Gifford addressed the gathering. Guests enjoyed the participation of two of Rabbi Black’s sons, who as well as asking the four questions, answered those put to them by their father.

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Sacks gives Pesach address to Woodside

May 2, 2008

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks gave a Pesach-related address to over 100 members of Woodside Park Synagogue adult education committee. Sir Jonathan’s talk was the final in a season which also featured Lady Jakobovits, Lord Trimble and Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor.

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Why Pesach is a time to toast the Messiah

By Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet, April 25, 2008

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet explains why many Chasidim will be drinking four cups of wine on the last day of Pesach

As the final hours of the eight-day festival of Pesach draw to a close, many Chasidim gather for a final round of matzah and four cups of wine. This custom, instituted by Rabbi Israel Ba’al Shem Tov (1698-1760), is a special celebratory meal known as seudat Mashiach — or the messianic feast.

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Seventh day Pesach

By Maureen Kendler, April 25, 2008

“Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women went out after her in dance with timbrels”
Exodus 15:20

This is clearly Miriam’s moment! It is the first time in the Torah Miriam is referred to as “a prophetess” and named in her own right, not as adjunct to her family members.

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Pesach - for men only

By Simon Round, April 25, 2008

In order to stem the tide of alienated men leaving Judaism, the Reform movement in America has come up with a wizard wheeze — the male-only haggadah.

Rabbis Dan Moskovitz and Perry Netter have adapted the Exodus story to make religion more relevant to modern men’s lives. So, the 10 plagues now include prostate cancer, hair loss, weight gain and impotence, and the four questions are given a gender twist, for instance: “Why is it that, no matter how old I get, I don’t understand women?”

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It's Pesach... so make sure you kosher your water

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 18, 2008

Jerusalemites will spend next week drinking, washing and flushing their toilets with Kosher le’Pesach water.

Why? Because a week before the holiday, the Israeli national water company, Mekorot, disconnected Jerusalem from the national pipeline that pumps water all the way from the Kinneret lake down to the Negev.

Throughout the Pesach week, households will have to rely on water drawn by the municipal water company, Hagihon, from local reservoirs and wells.

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Nursery children have fun Pesach experience

April 18, 2008

Pupils at the Lubavitch Ruth Lunzer Girls’ Primary School offered the Pesach experience in one hour at its annual Passover exhibition. The nursery children conducted a Pesach clean-up in their mini kitchen. There was a model Seder from the reception class and other activities included a matzah bakery and the search for chametz.

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Banner reminds community of Pesach date

April 18, 2008

A 15ft-long Pesach banner is being displayed by the local Lubavitch group at a busy intersection in a Jewish area, with a reminder of the date and first Seder time. Scottish Lubavitch director Rabbi Chaim Jacobs explained: “We have used this media before to publicise Rosh Hashanah and Chanucah and it is very powerful.”

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Anger as Pesach sale of chametz is legalised

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 18, 2008

Shops and restaurants in Israel will be allowed to sell chametz next week over Pesach following a series of legal decisions in Jerusalem.

The ruling that restaurants in Jerusalem would not have to pay municipal fines for selling unleavened products during Pesach 2007 — since the law forbidding the sale of chametz only mentioned “public display” — has angered religious politicians and activists.

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Prisoner wins payout

April 18, 2008

A former prison inmate in Vermont, Gordon Bock, 53, is to receive $25,000 (£12,500) in compensation after complaining that he had been denied Pesach food and festival items during his prison term in 2004 and 2005.

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