Jewish Learning

When does Passover end?

In Israel the three Festivals are 7 days long. The Festivals, Sukkot, Passover and Shavuot, were the times when the ancient Israelites traveled to the Temple in Jerusalem to make sacrifices, as commanded in the Torah (five books of Moses). In Israel today the Festivals are still observed for 7 days. When the ancient Temple…

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We need to make it a FAST Seder! Now what?

There is a 30 minute Seder that you can buy online — regular size, large type and downloadable. They even have music you can order. Look at the website and see if it works for you. The 30 Minute Seder Here’s a 10 minute Seder by Rabbi Yonah Bookstein A 5 minute Seder here. A…

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Thinking about Passover

Many people dream of writing their own Haggadash with their loved ones, but faced with the enormity of the task they never get around to it. Why not start with an in between step? Just have your family and friends illustrate your Haggadah. A few years ago Rabbi Creditor of Netivot Shalom in Berkeley sent…

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Purim shpiels everywhere!

Homemade Bollywood costume Purim is coming! Along with it comes the commandment to Be Happy, Have Fun and Get Drunk! OK, you don’t actually have to get drunk but you are supposed to really whoop it up. Every synagogue is holding a Purim Shpiel – that is telling the Purim story. Many synagogues pick a…

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