Ivanka Trump will visit the Holocaust Memorial during a visit to Berlin on Tuesday in commemoration of Yom Hashoah, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Day, which begins Sunday night.
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Jimmy Kimmel took the ultimate pot shot at Jared Kushner, saying the top White House aide is less qualified to work on foreign policy than eccentric retired NBA star Dennis Rodman.
During the holiday of Passover, Jews must abstain from eating hametz. When any of the five grains, wheat, barley, rye, spelt or oats, comes into contact with water and leavening can occur, it is considered hametz. When the Jews left Egypt during the Exodus, they did not have time to let their dough rise, so they baked it in unleavened loaves. To remember the haste with which they left, we do not eat any products that may have leavened, and we eat matzo instead.
Shmura matzo is a special kind of matzo that meets a higher standard of kosher for Passover rules. The flour used in shmura matzo is supervised from the field to the factory to ensure that it does not come in contact with water that could begin the leavening process. Grains that have come in contact with water and may have become leavened, called hametz, are not allowed to be eaten on Passover. Shmura matzo is usually handmade in a round shape, although there are also some machine-made square shmura matzos available. Shmura matzo costs more than regular machine-made matzo. Some people partake in the custom of eating only shmura matzo throughout the holiday, while some partake in the custom of using only shmura matzo for the Seders.
Over the course of the Seder night, we drink four cups of wine in a ritual modeled after a Greek symposium. The four cups are meant to mirror the four phrases used in the Bible to describe God taking the Jews out of slavery. There has been a debate by the rabbis of the Talmud as to whether there should actually be five cups of wine, to mirror the fifth phrase that is used in the Bible. The debate hinges on whether that phrase, bringing the people into the Land of Israel, can actually be applied to the Exodus story, because it happened 40 years later. Since the debate remains unresolved, we pour a fifth cup of wine for Elijah the prophet, who is said to be the one who will settle all unresolved questions of Jewish law.