Holidays

7 sweet facts about Rosh Hashanah you may not know

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By Leah Kadosh Shanah Tovah, Happy, Healthy New Year! The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is nearly here. I can tell this coming year is...

Tisha B’Av and Tu B’Av. What’s the difference?

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The Jewish month of Av is home to two holidays that, due to their proximity to each other and their similar names, are sometimes...

Why count the omer?

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  When the Temple stood, the omer period began with the sacrifice of barley on the second day of Passover and ended seven weeks later...

The experience of Passover goes beyond flavor

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By Leah Holzel The pungent kick of horseradish on a fresh crisp sheet of matzah. The tender mouthfeel of a feather-light kneidel, moist with savory...

Passover foods with fiber — Is That Possible?

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By Linda Morel Most Jews look forward every Passover to their family’s traditional foods: matzah balls, briskets, kugels and rich desserts.They enjoy matzah with a...

Second-Night Seders — Serve Sephardi Symbolic Foods

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By Linda Morel Whenever I’ve hosted seders on the second night of Passover, I’ve worried — probably needlessly — that I should offer the family...

Congregation Olam Tikvah can turn a musical into a Purim story before you can...

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The Purim shpiel gave way to the Purim video this year at Congregation Olam Tikvah in Fairfax. Twenty-six members answered the call to make...

PHOTOS: Purim 2022 in the DMV

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Costumes, food and Purim shpiels. Games, kids and the book of Esther. Purim came in with an extra dose of joy in greater Washington last...

The painfulness of Purim

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Purim is a jovial holiday, but the holiday’s heroine, Esther, has a darker reality that is similar to what many sexual assault survivors experience. “Purim...

Unmasking the origins of Purim costumes

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By Sasha Rogelberg A hot dog, an emoji and Superman walk into a synagogue — and there’s no punchline. It’s the reality for Allan...