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(C)leaning Toward Freedom

By: Yafo Mardakhayeva In my native language, the word for the holiday of Pesach is known as Nisonu, obviously taken from the month in which it belongs, Nisan. Even if the Soviet Union tried to dismantle Judaism for the far away Jews of the Caucasus’, our redemption will come from the frenzy that goes on…

Did Someone Say “Seder”?

By: Boris Braverman Do you remember your first Pesach? I do. I was a young child, 4-5 years old at the time. My family, like many of yours, had recently emigrated from the Soviet Union. We were getting by everyday with the dreams and hopes that your rigorous efforts to move were not in vain…

It’s no secret among those who know me well:

By: Fanya Donin It’s no secret among those who know me well, that Pesach (Passover), has never been on my list of favorite holidays. Yes, the Zionist story is a good one. Yes, the Jewish people overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds in order to become a nation is inspiring. But still, I don’t associate the same…

Purim Perspective from a Millennial

By: Fanya DoninRaje Manhattan 2018-2019 The Jewish holiday of Purim is quickly approaching, and I honestly couldn’t be more excited. We commemorate how the Jewish nation was saved from the wicked Haman who had planned to kill us all. And growing up, I always found the best part of the story to be that the…

Purim- Analysis of Haman’s Ten Sons

By: Danielle Ostrovsky Raje Manhattan 2018-2019 When one opens up any book of historical significance, one is not only putting him or herself in the context of a basic plotline; rather, one is immersing him or herself in the many layers and secrets that is contained within the period of time. One book that not…

Who was Two-Gun Cohen?

Who was Two-Gun Cohen?  by The Cape Jewish Chronicle The Chinese president’s Jewish confidant who mustered Chinese support of the creation of Israel. Despite the various accounts written of this powerful and colorful figure of the early part of the last century, few people have actually heard of Morris Abraham ‘Two-Gun’ Cohen. A glance into the…

Want Your Kids to Remain Jewish? Better Start Early

by Peter Lovenheim The growing field of attachment theory suggests that our religious affiliations later in life are determined chiefly in our first years. Many Jewish parents and communal leaders ask how can we increase the odds that our kids, when grown, will remain Jewish. Day schools, summer camps, and visits to Israel are important, of…

Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus

by Timothy P Mohoney What is the validity of history found in the Bible? Is it fact or fiction? What does the hard evidence really have to say about the foundational story of the Old Testament: the Exodus out of Egypt? An in-depth investigation by documentary filmmaker Tim Mahoney searches for answers to these questions…

Stalin and the Purim Miracle

by Barbara Penn Stalin had plans to murder millions of Russian Jews. Like Haman, the tables suddenly turned. Jewish holidays are not merely a commemoration of an event in time. The time of year in which the a miracle occurred was an opportune time for the conception of that miracle. As we make our way toward…