Newsletter Issue # 72 – March 27, 2013

A Jewish student group announced Wednesday that it will be taking further legal action against Twitter over the global networking site’s failure to comply with to a French court order on individuals responsible for posting anti-Semitic tweets. Twitter is playing the indifference card in not respecting the decision of a Paris civil court gave the company two weeks to relinquish the requested information.

Advertising, it’s fair to say, is in Ben Feldman’s blood. Yes, he technically plays a fictional advertiser, the Jewish copywriter in AMC’s Mad Men. Feldman says it was his excellent marketing skills that landed him the role. The casting loved that I was a Jew in real life. They were looking for the typical character, a Jew with a heavy accent, and I played it up for all it was worth.

Passover  will take place between sunset on Monday, March 25, and sunset on Monday, April 1 this year. The first and seventh days are marked as Sabbath-like holy days in which work is forbidden. Jews outside Israel, and those visiting Israel only for the holiday, will observe an additional day in both the beginning and end of Pesach, which lasts eight days for them.

Observant Jews in Israel craving a smoke during the week-long Passover holiday that started at sundown Monday can now enjoy a rabbi-approved puff. This will be the first time cigarettes have joined the long list of goods stringently checked to ensure they comply with Passover rules on what items are allowed, or kosher for the holiday. Meaning they have not come in contact with grains or other forbidden ingredients.

As we celebrate the Jewish festival of Passover this year, one question I encourage all of us to ask  no matter our religion, age or current location on this earth  is how we plan to make this year different from past years? The tradition of the Passover seder is to recite the same story of our ancestors in the desert that has been told throughout the generations, but each generation must tell the story differently.

There are several of the best places you can go online to download a Passover Haggadah for your Seder. And we give Chabad credit for a great resource if you want a wide selection of Hebrew Haggadahs.

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