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So you can’t find a shankbone? – Washington Jewish Week

| April 2, 2020

By Rabbi Avi S. Olitzky Online ordering and expedited shipping have prevented COVID-19 from stymying all Passover preparations. Still, the procurement of fresh products is not as easy without significant lead time and now that window is just about closed

Siyum for Firstborns in the Age of Corona – Chabad.org

| April 2, 2020

Question There is an ancient custom for Jewishfirstborns to fast on the day before Passover (read why here)until they participate in a siyum(the completion of a tractate of Talmud) or another mitzvah celebration. It iscustomary to arrange a siyum in thesynagogue after morning prayers to allow the firstborns to eat for theremainder of this very busy day. With most synagogues shuttered and communitiesin lockdown, how is a firstborn to proceed?

‘Unorthodox’: The vagaries of victimization – People’s World

| April 2, 2020

Shira Haas in Unorthodox Esty Shapiro is being persecuted for being a Jew.

Why is this Passover different from all others? – The Jerusalem Post

| April 2, 2020

As the world is besieged by a spreading virus, our thoughts focus on our own health, the health of our loved ones, and the health of an ailing economy, and we experience fear, loneliness and isolation. For some, the nightmare began just as the holiday of Purim was celebrated, which unwittingly helped to spread the virus.For the past few weeks as the Passover holiday inched toward us, preparations for the commemoration and celebration of the holiday have given rise to growing angst. What in other years seemed simple packing our bags to spend the holiday in the home of family or friends or in a hotel, or cleaning, shopping for and preparing holiday treats has suddenly become immensely complicated

Creating Resilience in the Age of COVID-19 – Jewish Journal

| April 2, 2020

What is the secret sauce that holds a family together?

How Not to Get Overwhelmed by the Pandemic – Christianheadlines.com

| April 2, 2020

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‘Unorthodox’ a beautiful story about finding one’s place in the world – National Catholic Reporter

| April 2, 2020

Shira Haas plays Esther Shapiro or "Esty" in Netflix' new series "Unorthodox." (Netflix/Anika Molnar) In the first episode of "Unorthodox," a new original series from Netflix, Esther Shapiro or "Esty" (Shira Haas) as she is known in her family and ultra-Orthodox Yiddish-speaking Satmar Hasidic community in Williamsburg (Brooklyn), is 19 years old. She is on her way to meet her husband, Yakov, or "Yanky," (Amit Rahav) for Shabbat dinner at her in-laws' house, or so she says. She is carrying a small plastic bag when she meets some young mothers in the lobby of her apartment house

Im a Rabbi and a Physician Assistant. This is Why I Want You to Stay Home. – Jewish Journal

| March 31, 2020

Stay home. Save lives

Police break up second Lakewood gathering within 12 hours – New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio

| March 31, 2020

LAKEWOOD A large gathering was broken up on Monday morning for the second time in the township in 12 hours, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. Police responded to Bais Horaah of Lakewood, located at 401 Madison Ave.

Coronavirus and the Seder’s fifth question – Canadian Jewish News

| March 31, 2020

And here it is, the fifth question: How will this years Seder nights be different from all other seder nights, ever? On all other seder nights, we gathered with extended family and good friends to talk about freedom and Judaism, and debate the merits of heavy vs


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