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‘Chinese” and “Jewish” are words not often heard together (except during a conversation about Christmas Eve), but the recently published “Passover Haggadah-China” and the emerging Jewish community in China are changing that. Created by Israeli ex-pat Dvir Bar-Gal, the Haggadah tells the story of the Exodus from Egypt alongside tales of Jews in China dating to the 11th century. The text is accompanied by images related to Passover in China, some of which date to World War II.
William Davidson, a businessman and Jewish philanthropist for whom the Jewish Theological Seminary’s graduate school of education is named, died on Friday, March 13.
Once a generation, every 28 years, Jews recite the Blessing of the Sun, the same prayer that is said upon seeing majestic mountains, seas, rivers and deserts: “Blessed are you, our God, King of the Universe, who effects the work of creation.” This is the moment that Jewish tradition says the sun returns to the original spot in the cosmos as when it was created on the fourth day.
An employment dispute at a Midwestern state university has bubbled into a national cause célèbre in the world of Jewish studies, drawing in some of the field’s leading lights.
Jews who say they were sexually abused as children by their rabbis are seeking to tip the balance in favor of a long-stalled bill that would extend the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse in New York State — legislation that could have far-reaching impact on some Orthodox communities as they struggle with emerging allegations of child abuse.