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This Passover, Free Your Mind

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There is a well-known tension at the heart of the Passover holiday. The Haggadah contains a debate about whether the story of the Exodus is primarily a transition from slavery to freedom or from the worship of foreign deities to the worship of God. In other words, is Passover a holiday that celebrates autonomy or the...

Opening Teens’ Minds to Prayer

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NCSY and Legacy 613 are helping teens infuse prayer with meaning.

Before teens can effectively talk to God, tefillah needs to talk to them.

Tefillah is not only one of the core parts of Judaism, but of any solid yeshiva education, sometimes performed up to three times per day at school. Yet few schools devote any real time to educating students about its essential elements: the meaning behind the words, the awesomely transformative power prayer holds to connect with Hashem and the ability to plead for our basic needs and desires and be thankful for all that we have. Amid Tanach, Talmud and Jewish history, all too often, tefillah gets lost in the array of subjects young Jewish men and...

Scraping By

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As a writer, I tend to spend a lot of time cleaning, mostly to push off writing articles.  Except before Pesach, when I write articles to push off cleaning. So today, the plan is to write an article about cleaning. I think the universe is going to explode. But at least if it does, I can use that as an excuse to push off doing both of those things.

So this week, I’m presenting a bunch of cleaning tips, which you can read as long as you bear in mind that my cleaning methods aren’t so much about getting results as they are about pushing off doing other things.

1. Pesach cleaning may seem overwhelming, but the key is to remember that some people say that, for example, you don’t...

More Than Matzah: Pesach Associations From All Around the World

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Jews everywhere celebrate Pesach with the same familiar traditions. But you’d be surprised how many regional traditions there are. While we are joined by a common heritage, no two Jewish communities are the same. Israel is the ultimate Jewish melting pot with olim from around the world bringing their local customs with them.

Though you may be familiar with Pesach in your hometown, isn’t it interesting how Pesach is celebrated differently all around the world? To learn more about global Pesach traditions, 10 students at Naale Elite Academy in Israel, a high school program that brings Jewish teens from around the world to study in Israel on a full scholarship, were asked one simple...

For Kids With Reading Disabilities, Pesach Could Be a Recipe for Anxiety

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Here’s how to prevent uncomfortable situations during the seder when your child has dyslexia or another reading disability

There’s a lot of reading involved in a haggadah, which can make the Pesach seder exhausting for the average child. For the child with reading disabilities, it can be highly anxiety provoking.

“It’s a tricky situation,” sighs Dr. Rinat Green, who founded her organization, Kol Koreh, for children with dyslexia in Israel. (Note: Dyslexia is more common than you think. As one of the most under-diagnosed learning disabilities, it affects one in five children.) “Sometimes you can’t prevent certain things from happening, but you can certainly try to...
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