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Payard Patisserie Pursues Passover Perfection

Top French pastry chef expands his roster of unleavened desserts

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How To Make Seder Desserts Your Guests Won’t Believe Are Kosher for Passover

There’s no excuse for serving canned macaroons and packaged cake mixes. These recipes are so good, you’ll serve them all year.

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Manischewitz Bought by Bain Private Equity

The classic Jewish brand hopes to break out of the kosher aisle

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How To Eat Right on Passover: Staying Healthy With a Limited Menu

Does your typical holiday involve a huge Seder meal followed by a week of matzo and macaroons? You can do better. Here’s how.

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‘Go Down, Moses’: Engaging With My Complex Musical Heritage at Passover

As a black classical singer, I avoided singing negro spirituals—until Yiddish music helped me hear them in a new way as a Jew

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Shmurah Matzo: The Bentley of Matzo?

That’s what a new Chabad Passover commercial says

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Katmandu Chabad Without Supplies For Seder

Annual 1,000-person Passover meal stymied by foreign ministry strike

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Artists and Entertainers Reimagine the Seder

City Winery’s popular annual Downtown Seder heads to the West Coast

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Editing Out Elements of Judaism Doesn’t Work

Instead of masking our ambivalence and discomfort, we should confront it

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Barber Shop Offers Jews Pre-Passover Discount

Washington Heights barber advertises $12 haircuts for Jewish customers

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Check Out This Season’s Most Stylish Seder Plate

Isabel Halley’s porcelain and gold plate gets Lena Dunham’s stamp of approval

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First He Ran the Obama Seder. Now Eric Lesser is Running for Office.

Former White House aide launches campaign for Massachusetts State Senate

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How Large Must a Sukkah Be To Be Called a Sukkah—And Yet Still Be Far From Heaven?

In dissenting opinions, Talmudic rabbis propose and debate every detail of Sukkot’s booth and, in so doing, measure God

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Jewish Woman Eats Nothing But Starbucks for a Year

That included the creation of a seder plate

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Hitler Satire to Become a Movie; N.Y. Menorah Vandalized

Plus Madoff’s CFO says employees knew about fraud, and more in the news

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On the Origin of Passover’s Four Questions and the Renewal of Miracles

The Talmud is not a literary text, yet its role in maintaining the continuity of Jewish history is undeniable

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When the Rabbis Got Together for Shabbat Dinner, Drama—and Law—Ensued

In the Talmud, examples of real-life rabbinic behavior and the intensely personal nature of lawmaking

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We No Longer Live in the World of Talmudic Rabbis. What’s a Modern Jew to Do?

In the Bible, the rabbis had the most accurate possible description of the world—a flawed and limited cosmology

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Amar’e Stoudemire Loves Passover, Shabbat

The New York Knick also says he’s almost an official Israeli citizen

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In the Talmud, Jews in Exile Are Considered Defenseless Before Their Enemies

Daf Yomi: The one protection God granted the Jews was to scatter them, so that no single enemy could destroy them all at once

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When the Rabbis Do Things by the Book, They Give the Talmud Its ‘Talmudic’ Qualities

In this week’s Daf Yomi, deference, privilege, and the appearance of impropriety from the rabbis of ancient Jewish society

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When Talmud Is the Focus of Jewish Observance, Theology Comes to Life

Instead of asking us to passively agree with the rabbis, oral law engages the intellect in concrete problems of logic and interpretation

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In the Talmud, Minds Full of Torah Instead of Bowls Full of Sacrificial Blood

Daf Yomi: Could Judaism ever go back to now-alien-seeming rituals from before the destruction of the Temple?

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Good Jewish Fences Once Made Good Jewish Neighbors. Do They Still?

One of many ancient local customs analyzed in this week’s Talmud study is the habit of separating Jews from gentiles

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Are American Jews Creating a New Jewishness, or Just Abandoning the Real Kind?

Most American Jews have effectively cast off rabbinic guidance. Would the Talmud’s rabbis have respected us for it, or disdained us?

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How the Talmud Has Bridged the Gaps Between Various Jewish Cultures for Ages

By imbuing even the most mundane things—like vinegar—with importance, the rabbis find proof of sacred history

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Math Lessons and Quantum Physics in Studies of Rabbinic Stringency and Leniency

Daf Yomi: For generations, Talmudic training has meant exercising the mind in logical thinking, not just learning laws

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The Talmud’s Abstractions Live in Concrete Examples About Candles and Weasels

Daf Yomi: In textual analysis, the rabbis found biblical bases for customs and rituals that lacked them

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Why Today is Different From All Other Days

The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act

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Documenting a New York City Matzoh Institution

Two young filmmakers are bringing the story of Streit’s Matzo Factory to life

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