Helen Zegerman Schwimmer finds more than just the traditional story of the redemption from Egypt in her family haggadah.
The Deronda Review: Traversing new frontiers in Jewish poetry Sasson catches up with Esther Cameron, the editor-in-chief of The Deronda Review journal for poetry and thought, with a decidedly Jewish twist. What is the Deronda Review and how did it get its name? The Deronda Review is a literary magazine, mainly poetry though we print […]
Order in the playroom! I suppose it sounds oxymoronic to call for order in a playroom, something akin to witnessing the disorder of a basketball court in a courtroom (though considering the games sometimes played in a secular court, they might as well add that!). Nevertheless, during my young married life in suburbia, I wielded […]
How to conduct the Pesach Seder The Pesach Seder is often cited as the model of the quintessential educational experience as envisioned by our sages. It is interactive and stimulates all of our senses to create a profound impact on our core identities. A close look, however, reveals that the way it is currently practiced, […]
True Freedom We find a fascinating commandment in Parshas Bo, at this crucial moment, Hashem tells Moshe that He is bringing these plagues upon the Egyptians: “…so that you may relate in the ears of your son and your son’s son that I made a mockery of Egypt…that you may know that I am Hashem” […]
Silent Applause As a child, I always loved sports. I ranked running, jumping, and playing ball among my chief delights. We had a thick green hedge that skirted our front porch. Often, my mother would yelp in surprise when I came leaping over the bushes, instead of descending the three steps from the porch […]
So with no further ado, here comes NYS’s (in)famous ‘kabbalistic’* theory of cooking. The way I see it, cooking is all about the interplay of four elements that parallel the four primal mystic elements of creation. These are: Fire, Air, Earth, and Water. Creating a successful dish depends on nothing more than achieving a balance-point, […]
If the evidence for vaccine safety and effectiveness is so overwhelming and incontrovertible, then why are so many of the rabbinical and medical ‘experts’ on vaccines in the orthodox Jewish community trying to close down the debate before it even begins?
Book Review: Small Choices, Big Changes by Sarah Pachter (Targum Publishers 2017), 255 pp. Reviewed by Devorah Talia Gordon In Small Choices, Big Changes, Sarah Pachter explores fundamental facets of Jewish life with clarity and wit. From the seemingly mundane to the more elevated parts of life, Pachter draws rich lessons that the reader can easily integrate into […]
You taught that giving leads to love, so why is it that the more I give, the more exhausted and resentful I feel?”