Four Questions to Make Your Seder Night Different from all Other Seder Nights

As Jews throughout the world prepare to sit down at their seder tables, the UK's Institute for Jewish Policy Research has prepared a discussion guide to add a different dimension to your seder. Using some of the data from a recent UK community … [Continue reading]

In Ukraine, Caring for Caregivers

by Alan H. Gill My first visit to Odessa - the “pearl of the Black Sea” - was in the 1990s after the Soviet Union’s collapse. The city, even after decades of communist rule, remained a historical gem with its Potemkin Steps and … [Continue reading]

The Seder’s Four Elements of Creative Education


As Jewish professionals, as educators, it is our job to immerse ourselves, deeply, in people’s lives, and strive to understand where Judaism most meaningfully intersects with their needs. by Maya Bernstein The Pesach Seder, perhaps the most … [Continue reading]

In Nepal, Piecing Together a Seder, Suitcase by Suitcase

Rabbi Chezky Lifshitz, right, gives Torah classes for visitors.

by Dovid Margolin It’s past 11 o’clock at night at the Chabad House in Kathmandu, Nepal, and a calm breeze wafts through the Jewish center’s courtyard. Rabbi Chezky Lifshitz is wrapping up a Torah class he has been giving to 30 Israelis, and … [Continue reading]

The “Wicked” Child of the Pew Study

by Rabbi Danny Burkeman Pesach is coming, and at sedarim across the Jewish community we will once again label four children as wise, wicked, simple, and the one who does not know how to ask. I have always struggled with this part of the seder for … [Continue reading]

What Does Pesach Teach Us About the Art of Giving?

Copyright 2006 The Lovell Haggadah, Rabbi Matt Berkowitz

by Rabbi Matt Berkowitz Next week, Jewish communities across the world will gather around festive seder tables to celebrate the festival of Passover. And if ever there were a Jewish holiday centered on the notion of giving and philanthropy, it is … [Continue reading]