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Different Jokes for Different Folks

Different Jokes for Different Folks

Twenty years ago, as I set out upon my very first book tour, for  Praying for Sheetrock —my 1991 work of nonfiction about the heyday of a corrupt ‘courthouse gang’ on the flowery coast of Georgia and the belated rise of civil rights there—I discovered I had a line in my book-talk that only Jews laughed at.

It was unintentional on my part. I thought it was funny; I didn’t …

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Yeshivish Jokes

Tales from the yeshiva:

By Avi Stavsky

Shimi’s parents were discussing his future, now that he finished yeshiva.

“Maybe we should send him to college for a while?” says his mother. “He needs to learn something of the outside world. All he knows is yeshiva life.”

“Well I don’t think that’s a great idea, Miriam. What he if gets exposed to all kinds of situations and …

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Eating Jewish: Mufleta - Breaking Passover the Moroccan way

The way in which people choose to break Passover varies enormously and that first taste of chametz can be the non-traditional, but ever popular sushi, or something more rooted in Jewish culinary history like bagels. However, the Moroccan Jewish community ends Passover with a distinctive celebration known as the Mimouna.

This is a tradition that developed in Morocco, where on the afternoon …

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Moroccan Mofleta…..The First Leavened Bread After Passover

If you happen to mention  mofleta to a Moroccan, the response will very likely be something like “ahhhh,  mofleta , my Savta’s  mofleta is the best!” Mofleta is made from dough very similar to pita dough, with just a touch more oil, and it is cooked in a frying pan like a large pancake. Good mofleta must be made from very thin dough, and is quite tasty when eaten with butter and …

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Activist Jews use Passover festival to protest ultra-Orthodox conversion stance

Activist Jews use Passover festival to protest ultra-Orthodox conversion stance

Sam Ben-Sheetrit is one of the people who turned the Mimouna Festival into a national holiday, without any mention of discrimination. He’s chairman of the World Federation of Moroccan Jews, which chooses a “positive” subject for the Mimouna every year, such as “Every person is a world” and “Bridges.”

This year, for the first time, the federation is coming out against …

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Can you use Marijuana on Passover?

Via Earth Times with a big smile. Is cannabis kosher for Passover?

JERUSALEM (UPI) In Israel, rabbis are trying to determine if hemp and its cousin, marijuana, are on the list of legumes that some Jews must abstain from during Passover.

This year, the Green Leaf Party, which advocates legalization of marijuana, warned its members by e-mail that it may be considered kitniyot, or a legume. …

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Remembering Rabbi Stern at Passover

A Jewish American treasure was lost last week as we prepared to retell the story of our freedom.

Rabbi Jack Stern, past president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, passed away a week ago tomorrow after living an extraordinarily full and passionate life.

Rabbi Stern’s passing right before Passover reminded me of when I first met the Stern family, as a student at Hebrew Union …

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Passover recipe roundup

We’re nearing the end of Passover, which means you might be running out of meal ideas. Alternatively, it means there’s only a few more days to try these exciting Passover recipes! Here is a roundup of Passover dishes (and dishes that can be adapted for Passover) on Jewesses with Attitude:

Read more : @ jwablog.jwa.org …

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Over 50,000 visit Hebron on Passover

Over 50,000 visit Hebron on Passover

More than 50,000 people visited the West Bank city of Hebron during the  Passover mid holidays, sources in the city’s Jewish community estimated Thursday.

Hebron’s Jewish community celebrates twice a year, on  Sukkot and on Passover, when the Cave of the Patriarchs is fully open to Jews, including the sacred room of Isaac, which is located on the side which is usually open to …

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$2M help needy Jews mark Passover

$2M help nedy Jews mark Passover

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ), headed by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, has provided $2 million to help as many as 200,000 needy Jewish people throughout  Israel and the former Soviet Union receive packages of food for their Passover celebrations.

Unfortunately, in Israel today one in three children lives below the poverty line, and there are thousands more …

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Top Free iPad iPhone Android Passover Apps

We got our iPad after the seder last year. So this is the first year we can explore the Passover apps. We confine this brief list to free apps plus one at .99. There are others at reasonable prices. Here they are:

No Chametz! – free – what you need to search for Chametz and a link for selling it for a fee.

iSellChametz -free – Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of Ohev Sholom – the National …

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Waste on Passover

I have always been a Passover hater. There aren’t that many of us, but what we lack in numbers we make up for in fervor.

There are really lots of things on my list of reasons why Passover makes me angry:

–two seders is too many

–here’s an opportunity to trick people into buying expensive things they don’t need

–would you like some cardboard with your cholesterol? …

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Liveblogging Passover

The holiday of  Passover starts at sunset tonight, right? Not really. In our household, Passover started about a month ago — due partly to the fact that my wife is crazy & obsessive, and partly to the  Hasidic idea that you’re supposed to start cleansing the specks of  hametz out of your life, both physically and spiritually, thirty days before the holiday starts.

But 24 …

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Slice Of Life: Passover, The Chocolate Spread Holiday!

It’s now Passover, and we’ve just finished celebrating the first day of our beloved 7 day (8 days outside of Israel) holiday. Though we eat matzo to remind us of our liberation from slavery in Egypt, we also happen to love it! The hand-made round matzos that we generally eat, arrive in very large boxes, since the matzos themselves are about 14 inches wide, much larger than the …

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Gluten-free Lemon Passover Cupcakes with Blackberry Jam and Lemon Glaze

This cake is not just for Passover, friends. And it’s not even just for the Jews. I’m convinced that this is one that everyone will like. I try to test out as many of my recipes as I can on my friends so that, by the time I share it, I have gathered as much (hopefully honest!) feedback as possible. So last week, I brought this cake to my classmates and to several other friends (the …

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Obama hosts Passover seder at the White House

Obama hosts Passover seder at the White House

U.S. President Barack Obama hosted a Passover seder at the White House Monday night together with his wife Michelle and a small group of Jewish and non-Jewish staff and family. This is the third year in a row in which Obama has hosted a seder.

The tradition started in 2008 when, after a long day on the campaign trail, then-Senator Obama gathered a group of staff members for an impromptu …

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We Wish You a Dramatic Passover

We wish all of our readers a dramatic Passover.

Actually we think it may be appropriate officially to wish you all an anxiety-ridden Passover. And most probably it is not at all proper to wish you a happy Passover.

It’s a bit tricky to explain this. We start with the Midrash books called Pesikta Derav Kehana and Yalkut Shimoni. Both point out that regarding the Sukkot holiday the Torah …

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Slice Of Life: Getting Ready For Passover!

Slice Of Life: Getting Ready For Passover!

We’re almost there! Tonight begins the week long holiday of Passover, and we’ve been working very hard preparing for this special time on the Jewish calender. The silver has been polished, (and in particular our large goblet for Eliyahu), nuts have been cracked (in our case using a hammer covered in a plastic bag!), three hundred eggs have been washed (yes, that’s right, three …

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Falashmura immigrants celebrate first Passover in Israel

Over a thousand new immigrants from the Ethiopian region of Falashmura will celebrate their first Passover in Israel.

The newly Israeli citizens will either celebrate the Jewish exodus at home with their families, or alongside thousands of Ethiopians at seders organized by the Jewish Agency and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, to be held at 16 absorption centers …

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Traffic jams begin as thousands of Israelis prepare for Passover feast

Traffic jams were reported throughout Israel on Monday, in the first sign of what has become an annual nationwide deadlock ahead of the Passover dinner.

Army Radio reported congestion along the coastal highway from the Netanya area to the Olga interchange over a fire that erupted nearby, while the old Tel Aviv-Haifa highway was reportedly jammed from Hasharon junction to Horoeh junction. …

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Possibilities for Passover

Yes, a Passover seder is the Jewish custom most observed by Jews.  On the other hand, when surveyors asked that question they didn’t ask about the seder itself.  For some people, it’s enough to get some Jews together and eat dinner.  For others, add some Manishewitz and they’re Passover good to go.  Here are some interesting alternatives enjoy.

Tablet has some great ideas for the …

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More Passover Fun Facts

In the book of Leviticus (23:3-8) we are told there will be a Passover offering to God at twilight on the fourteenth of the month.  The following day begins the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days.  Since the destruction of the Second Temple, the Passover offering can’t take place so the focus has become the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  I find that name to be a little bit of an …

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Free Passover iapp

Free iapp developed for Passover.

Here is the scoop…

Since the idea of the Passover Seder is to get children interested and involved, our family has always used the Exodus story of the Ten Plagues as an opportunity to add drama and fun to the evening. For years I planned ahead and brought in props such as plastic bugs, small plastic animals, etc. After years of this my kids had …

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Passover Kid’s Craft: A Dancing Wine Goblet Paper Chain!

A Dancing Wine Goblet Paper Chain!

A simple and cute Passover craft to decorate your home—a dancing wine goblet paper chain! You do the cutting and let the little ones do the decorating with markers or even glue and collage materials. I love the results however I must tell you that given the light-weight paper I used and the pattern I cut, the chain is top heavy and can’t be hung from just the two ends as I’d …

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Passover Kid’s Craft: Decorate Pillowcases For The Seder!

A super simple and fun Passover crafts for the kids: seder pillowcases! With all the fancy art supplies out there, it’s really important I do believe to also incorporate some not so perfect looking crafts into the family repertoire, and to praise them. This year my three little ones will have their own custom pillow cases for the seder, and when we recline while drinking the four cups of …

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Passover Seder Goes Virtual For A Good Cause

An ages-old tradition has gone high-tech.

Virtualseder.com hopes to get people around the Passover table through social media. It allows users to host a Passover dinner for $36 a table.

“When they get their name over the table, they can then invite all of their freinds to come and put something on their virtual seder table,” says Robert Socolof of the Virtual Passover Seder …

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Miriam and the Passover Story

I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that Passover is my favorite holiday. It’s special for a number of reasons (when else are we commanded to drink four cups of wine?) but two reasons in particular stand out.

The first is that the story of the Exodus features the leadership of Miriam, perhaps the only woman in the bible who is not described as somebody’s wife or mother. Neither …

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Ten Plagues Passover Craft: Fun Placards For The Seder!

Here’s a fun ten plagues Passover craft that you can make now and use at the Passover seder to create a little bit of excitement and keep the kids involved. Either you can make them as a surprise, or better yet, get the kids involved in the crafting, and they’ll be even more excited. I’ve never actually done a craft for the ten plagues, as I just couldn’t think of anything that …

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Is Passover Catholic?

No, Passover is not a Catholic holiday. Even so, a new book certainly shows how important Passover is to the essences of Catholicism.

Brant Pitre’s, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper , is a work of immense and approachable scholarship. It is a constructive theological treatise that surely will influence how Catholicism understands …

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Rabbi Lau sends Shalit ‘Passover kit’

Tel Aviv’s Chief Rabbi Israel Meir Lau last week sent a “Seder kit” to kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit, who has been held by Hamas in Gaza for four and a half years.

The package, which includes matzot, wine and a Passover Haggadah, was handed over to the head of the Red Cross delegation to Israel, Juan Pedro Schaerer.

Lau, the former chief rabbi of Israel, told Kol Hai Radio …

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