Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Happy Passover!

As this page from the “New American Haggadah” (Little, Brown and Company) notes, Elijah the Prophet will herald the coming of the messianic era. Jonathan Safran Foer edited, and Nathan Englander translated this attractive new telling of the story of our exodus from Egyptian bondage and the birth of the Jewish people. The large-format book […]

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Does Torah teach morality?

The binding of Isaac, seen as part of the core of Judaism, may not be the best example of what is good or right By MOSHE GIT Rabbi Shimon Hurwitz of Aish Hatorah yeshiva asserts that “Torah teaches morality.” Thus, according to him, the study of Torah is vital to education; it would save those […]

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

What Judaism says about illness, loss and healing

The next session in Darchei Noam’s monthly lecture series will focus on end-of-life issues and hospice care By ERIN ELLIOTT BRYAN / Community News Editor The days of our years are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty years; yet their pride is but labor and sorrow, for it passes quickly, and we fly […]

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Idan Raichel, Vieux Farka Touré to play Dakota

International music stars from Israel and Mali will make premier local appearance in Minneapolis on April 16 By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Popular Israeli composer, pianist and bandleader Idan Raichel will join forces with acclaimed Malian guitarist and songwriter Vieux Farka Touré live onstage April 16 at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis Raichel has been dazzling […]

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Love and loss in Poland

Two Rings: A Story of Love and War, by Millie Werber and Eve Keller, Public Affairs, 272 pages, $24 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Millie Werber was fortunate to survive the Shoah, but like so many others, not without terrible misfortune. Werber lost her mother, brother, grandparents and her first husband, the all-consuming first love of […]

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

JFCS invites community to Adopt a Family for Passover

Through its Hag Sameach (Happy Holidays) program, Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis (JFCS) provides gift bags of Passover foods and other ritual items to help families in need celebrate the holiday. Often this is a family’s only opportunity to receive what they need to celebrate the traditions of Passover. Last year JFCS served […]

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Editorial: Opening the door for Elijah the Prophet

Everyone has his or her favorite part of the seder — apart from the meal. Polling my household, votes were cast for the “Hillel sandwich,” the Four Questions and singing “Dayenu.” How about the Ten Plagues, a climactic moment in the telling of the renowned story of the exodus? “These are the ten plagues that […]

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