The coronavirus creates an unsettling tunnel in time between 21st-century New York and the world of 16th-century rabbis
Creating a new kind of Megillah—using the historic Birds’ Head Haggadah as inspiration
There’s another reading of the Exodus story, and it has much to teach us about might and right
For a generation trained in moral relativism, there’s nothing like a strong tale of faith, fight, and freedom
The psychic toll of Jewish privilege being so cyclically linked to victimization
The seder marks a global Jewish event—I wanted a book that felt as diverse
The master of horror talks Goosebumps, scaring kids, and his Passover Seders
Is Jewish rebellion really a form of submission? Two new novels and one political critic examine apostasy.
The incompatibility of Manichean moralizing and the modern Middle East
Instead of masking our ambivalence and discomfort, we should confront it
The Talmud is not a literary text, yet its role in maintaining the continuity of Jewish history is undeniable
Every Passover, my family makes me the Seder’s “wicked son.” I don’t mind—it’s a part I was born to play.
Do today’s Seders exist to remember the past, or did past events occur so that they could be remembered later?
The last chapter of the first tractate brings modern readers back to sex, bowel movements, and thunder
It has been quite enough
Forget Purim. Passover has a rich comedic tradition all its own, with parodies of the haggadah mocking everything from rabbis and the rich to Mussolini and Hitler.
Holiday smartphone apps offer everything from a simulated candle for ferreting out hametz to a Ten Plagues noisemaker that you never knew you needed
A critical edition of The Washington Haggadah, a 1478 manuscript housed at the Library of Congress, shows how much—and how little—Passover has changed since the 15th century
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