As a black classical singer, I avoided singing negro spirituals—until Yiddish music helped me hear them in a new way as a JewRead more ›
My father used to share his harrowing childhood memories every year at the Seder. Now I make sure his memories will survive.Read more ›
There’s no excuse for serving canned macaroons and packaged cake mixes. These recipes are so good, you’ll serve them all year.Read more ›
With the right dishes and decorations—and a few special recipes—you can breathe new life into your family’s traditionsRead more ›
Every year, we sweep away crumbs from our cabinets. But we’re often afraid to sweep away stuff we’d be better off without.Read more ›
Does your typical holiday involve a huge Seder meal followed by a week of matzo and macaroons? You can do better. Here’s how.Read more ›
MORE Passover COVERAGE
In this week’s Daf Yomi, deference, privilege, and the appearance of impropriety from the rabbis of ancient Jewish society
Instead of asking us to passively agree with the rabbis, oral law engages the intellect in concrete problems of logic and interpretation
Daf Yomi: Could Judaism ever go back to now-alien-seeming rituals from before the destruction of the Temple?
One of many ancient local customs analyzed in this week’s Talmud study is the habit of separating Jews from gentiles
Most American Jews have effectively cast off rabbinic guidance. Would the Talmud’s rabbis have respected us for it, or disdained us?
By imbuing even the most mundane things—like vinegar—with importance, the rabbis find proof of sacred history
Daf Yomi: For generations, Talmudic training has meant exercising the mind in logical thinking, not just learning laws
Daf Yomi: In textual analysis, the rabbis found biblical bases for customs and rituals that lacked them