A New Question for Passover

A New Question for Passover

Apr 16, 2011 By Arnold M. Eisen | Commentary | Pesah | Shabbat Hagadol

The means to ultimate redemption—and a sure sign that redemption has arrived—is peace between the generations. We can’t hope for redemption of the world, the prophet says, if the hearts of fathers and sons (the literal translation of the prophetic verse) are not “returned upon” each other.

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A Call for Hope

A Call for Hope

Sep 10, 2011 By Arnold M. Eisen | Commentary | Rosh Hashanah

In the face of a litany of personal, societal, and global woes that has seemed particularly long this year; in the face of our nation’s inability to shake the economy loose or defeat our enemies or work together despite our differences, the Jewish calendar insists there is something new in store—or that there can be, if we together do as the Torah commands.

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The Whimsy, Confusion, and Hope of Purim

The Whimsy, Confusion, and Hope of Purim

Feb 11, 2012 By Arnold M. Eisen | Commentary | Purim

Purim is probably the most confusing of all Jewish holidays.

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The Bitter Truth

The Bitter Truth

Apr 8, 2014 By David C. Kraemer | Short Video | Pesah

This short video details the history of maror and suggests the possibility of a maror tasting to reflect on what best symbolizes slavery at a seder.

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For Our Students

For Our Students

Mar 31, 2012 By Arnold M. Eisen | Commentary | Shabbat Hagadol

I got valuable help this year in writing my annual Shabbat Hagadol message to teens and 20-somethings from six teens and 20-somethings who are studying at The Jewish Theological Seminary’s Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies.

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How to Love Yom Kippur

How to Love Yom Kippur

Sep 12, 2012 By Arnold M. Eisen | Commentary | Yom Kippur

The importance of “permission to pray with those who have transgressed,” recited immediately before chanting Kol Nidrei, is underlined in some congregations by the practice of repeating the words three times for added emphasis. The declaration clearly has enormous rhetorical power. But what does it mean? How can these words, this claim, help propel us forward into Kol Nidrei and beyond?

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The Family Story

The Family Story

Mar 20, 2013 By Arnold M. Eisen | Commentary | Pesah | Shabbat Hagadol

I asked what part of the seder you most enjoy; whether any aspect of it bothers you; which piece of the Exodus story, if any, means a lot to you personally; and how, or if, you relate to the seder as a religious ceremony. Here’s what I learned from what you told me.

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Taking Judaism Public: From The Maccabees To Adam Sandler

Taking Judaism Public: From The Maccabees To Adam Sandler

Dec 15, 2014 By Shuly Rubin Schwartz | Short Video | Hanukkah

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Hanukkah Amongst The Christmas Trees

Hanukkah Amongst The Christmas Trees

Dec 15, 2014 By Burton L. Visotzky | Short Video | Hanukkah

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Creating The Light Of Hanukkah

Creating The Light Of Hanukkah

Dec 15, 2014 By Eliezer B. Diamond | Short Video | Hanukkah

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