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
Smells of kreplach and challah wafted into the Rykestrasse Synagogue in Berlin on a rainy Friday in March, as Israel-born chef Itay Novick and his staff hurriedly worked in the nearby kitchen to prepare Sabbath dinner for nearly 100 guests. The dinner was part of the first-ever Jewish food festival in the city, Nosh Berlin, and it was sold out — as were the three other Shabbat dinners being prepared across the German capital.