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The Sea Saw

Pesah Yizkor 5777 / 18 April 2017

I’m still thinking about קריעת ים סוף, the splitting of the Red Sea, which we read yesterday. The climax of the Exodus, it’s a vivid image — miraculous and mysterious — echoed in the verses we sang earlier this morning during Hallel. One of the delightful features of scripture is its habit of doubling back on itself,… Read More

Posted: April 19, 2017 by

A Love Supreme

Shabbat Hol Hamoed Pesah 5777 / 15 April 2017

Once, when asked to research the origins of playing dreidel on Hanukkah, I discovered that it is possible to date the origins of the game fairly precisely: toward the end of the 16th century, we suddenly find a large number of rabbinic rulings about the terrible disgrace of gambling during Hanukkah, emphasizing unequivocally that no one… Read More

Posted: April 19, 2017 by

Showing and Telling

Shabbat HaGadol 5777 / 8 April 2017

Maggid, the central story-telling part of the Haggadah, begins with a blatant falsehood: עֲבָדִים הָיִינוּ לְפַרְעֹה בְּמִצְרָֽיִם, וַיּוֹצִיאֵֽנוּ יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ מִשָּׁם בְּיָד חֲזָקָה וּבִזְרֽוֹעַ נְטוּיָה. וְאִלּוּ לֹא הוֹצִיא הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא אֶת־אֲבוֹתֵֽינוּ מִמִּצְרַֽיִם, הֲרֵי אָֽנוּ וּבָנֵינוּ וּבְנֵי בָנֵינוּ מְשֻׁעְבָּדִים הָיִינוּ לְפַרְעֹה בְּמִצְרָֽיִם. Sure it’s possible — however unlikely — that if God had not redeemed… Read More

Posted: April 19, 2017 by

Get Creative with Your Matzah with These Fun Passover-Friendly Recipes

It’s the third day of Passover and we hope everyone had wonderful Seders! While everyone loves Passover food and Seder leftovers, there’s no shame in admitting regular matzah gets a little bit old after a few days. Lucky for us, there’s no reason to spend the last few days of Passover craving hametz. BZBI member… Read More

Posted: April 13, 2017 by

Available 24/6

Vayakhel 5777 / 25 March 2017

If you took a time machine back to the first century and took a poll of average Romans on the street to find out what they know about Jews, Shabbat — along with kashrut and brit milah — would be right at the top.[1] Throughout history, Shabbat has remained a central feature of Jewish life, from comedy films… Read More

Posted: March 30, 2017 by