Just back from a highly problematic Passover program in Cancun, a large group of weary travelers is creating cyber-support groups on Facebook, What’s App and Jewish community forums such as DansDeals.com. They are swapping war stories about what was supposed to be a luxurious Passover trip, run by a travel outfit called Passover Paradise.
When guests attempted to check out of the Royalton Riviera Cancun hotel on April 19 — the last day of a Passover program hosted by a travel group called Passover Paradise — they were told that they couldn’t leave until they paid tens of thousands of dollars each.
In an unprecedented statement, a group of Orthodox rabbis around the world, members of Torat Chayim, a progressive Orthodox rabbinic group, have called upon the broader Jewish community to consider the moral and spiritual dangers associated with meat consumption. In this statement, these members of Torat Chayim have called upon Jews of all persuasions, but especially the Orthodox community, to consider the dimensions of halakhah and the Jewish ideal that reducing meat intake leads to a healthier and more ethically vibrant world.
Editor’s Note: To note the cannabis celebration of 4/20, we have invited prominent marijuana journalist Neal Pollack to offer his commandments with regard to the titular substance along with his textual commentaries.
“Now Moses was leading the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, because Jethro was practicing self-care and taking some ‘me time,’ and Moses led the flock to Horeb, the Mountain Of God where there was a place that served some decent cold brew. There The Angel Of The Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Strangely, the bush did not burn, but it did emit a pleasantly skunky odor. God called to him from within the bush, “Moses, Moses, check out this dank bud…You must tell the Israelites the truth about my magic weed, and follow these, my commandments”—Exodus 4:20