By Andrey Shlyakhter
The Ancient Tradition Of Counting Down Till The Seder Ends
Iosel first wrote down the time the Seder ended on March 30 or 31, 1911, at 10:35 pm. The numbers, scribbled coyly in the upper left-hand corner of the page, are nearly obscured by the crease of the binding. Defacing a Haggadah on Passover to register relief at reaching the end of the service was…
For Russian Jews, ‘Christmas’ Trees Reflect Tradition — Not Assimilation
Forget Chinese food. While American Jews nosh on sinful servings of moo shu, their Russian-speaking neighbors indulge in a syncretic Christmas ritual of their own, preparing for New Year’s celebrations. Over 1.7 million Jews left the Soviet Union since the 1970s, with some 500,000 settling in the United States. My own family arrived in 1989,…
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