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Lag b’Omer can be as fun and yummy as a hole in the ground

Lag b’Omer can be as fun and yummy as a hole in the ground

BILL MOTCHAN, Special to the Jewish Light May 18, 2022

Lag b’Omer begins tonight (May 18) at sunset. It’s a bit of a weird holiday because it commemorates a number: the 33rd day of the Omer, the 49-day period between Passover and Shavuot. Lag b’Omer is also an oddity because there’s no real consensus...

Ultra-Orthodox Jews gather at the gravesite of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai at Mount Meron in northern Israel on April 29, 2021, as they celebrate the Jewish holiday of Lag BaOmer.
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What is the Lag BaOmer pilgrimage?

Joshua Shanes, College of Charleston May 17, 2022

The annual Lag BaOmer pilgrimage to Mount Meron in Israel – which in 2022 falls on Wednesday night, May 18 – until recently has attracted as many as half a million visitors every year. The annual gathering, which takes place at what is believed to...

Jewish Trivia: Lag BOmer

Jewish Trivia: Lag B’Omer

MARK D. ZIMMERMAN, Special For The Jewish Light May 16, 2022

Lag B’Omer will be celebrated this Thursday. The name of the holiday means “the 33rd day of the Omer,” a period that begins on the second day of Passover. Counting the Omer historically references the harvesting of the new barley crop to be brought...

Former Soviet Union natives celebrate Passover with a special seder at Crown Center

Former Soviet Union natives celebrate Passover with a special seder at Crown Center

Bill Motchan, Special For The Jewish Light April 21, 2022

A tri-lingual Crown Center Senior Living Passover event on April 21 combined food, wine, and memories. The occasion was a special seder for the Jewish Russian immigrants who call Crown Center home. A joyous group of 20 residents gathered at the [email protected]

Thanks to digitization, these centuries-old haggadot are now available for download to use at your Passover seder

Thanks to digitization, these centuries-old haggadot are now available for download to use at your Passover seder

April 15, 2022

(JTA) — A 13th-century Sephardic haggadah from Catalonia, Spain. A 15th-century haggadah from Prague. A 20th-century haggadah from Fez, Morocco. For the first time, a selection of some of the most historic haggadahs from the National Library of Israel’s...

Heirs of Holocaust victim sue Israel Museum over rare medieval hagaddah

Heirs of Holocaust victim sue Israel Museum over rare medieval hagaddah

April 15, 2022

(JTA) — Just days before Jews around the world gather with their families and friends to read the Haggadah as part the Passover holiday, one family of reunited Holocaust survivors filed a lawsuit to reclaim a 700-year-old haggadah that they say was...

My First Passover

My First Passover

Julia Silverberg Nemeth, Special For The Jewish Light April 15, 2022

Passover was on March 30 the first year I ever celebrated it. I remember it was a stormy spring in Los Angeles. Rainwater roared through the city aqueducts. I had never witnessed so much rain in Southern California before. Everything seemed to be moving...

Despite danger and disruption, Ukrainian Jews prepare to celebrate Passover in public seders

Despite danger and disruption, Ukrainian Jews prepare to celebrate Passover in public seders

April 14, 2022

(JTA) — Between air-raid sirens in Odessa, Svetlana Niselevitch, an 84-year-old Ukrainian-Jewish Holocaust survivor, has been preparing to join a Passover seder for the first time in her life. “We didn’t observe Jewish traditions in my family,”...

Among Ukraine’s refugees, I found new meaning in Passover’s open door 

Among Ukraine’s refugees, I found new meaning in Passover’s open door 

April 14, 2022

(JTA) —  When the war came, Galina Chornobyl fled so fast she left her teeth behind. That’s one of the first things she shared with me when I met Galina at the Siret border crossing in Romania late last month. Kyiv had become untenable —...

U City matzah maven takes his skills to Persian Gulf Jews

U City “matzah maven” takes his skills to Persian Gulf Jews

Bill Motchan, Special For The Jewish Light April 14, 2022

Ethan Schuman is a dentist, collector of Judaica, violinist, woodworker and, at this time of year, a matzah maven. The earthen matzah oven in his University City garage was the subject of a 2016 story in the Jewish Light. Baking matzah from scratch...

Who is this kid on the Haggadah? We (I) think hes a Hollywood star

Who is this kid on the Haggadah? We (I) think he’s a Hollywood star

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer April 14, 2022

Dear Jewish Light reader, Please help me put an end to a mystery. I'll just say it straight up, I think the kid, featured on the cover of my very own Maxwell House Haggadah, is now grown up and is a major Hollywood star. Many of his fans simply know...

Yes, Passover cocktails are a thing. Here are 6 straight from the seder plate

Yes, Passover cocktails are a thing. Here are 6 straight from the seder plate

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer April 14, 2022

You've heard it before. Purim is the Jewish holiday in which the imbibing large amounts of alcohol is practically mandated. But, don't forget about Passover. Four cups of wine? And while no one is suggesting you become farschnickert, Passover is certainly...

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