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Weekly Torah Portion: What Is Freedom?

Parshat Pesach 8: Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17; Numbers 28:19-25; Isaiah 10:32-12:6. By Rabbi Mendel Polter Have you ever thought about the common use of the word freedom? America...

Passover Traditions: Strict or Not Strict?

Tradition varies about Pesach rules, yet some may benefit from a deep spring cleaning. A dialogue overheard in more than one Jewish household goes like...

Detroiters Experience Seders Far from Home

In faraway places, seders offer familiar yet also very different traditions. By Shari S. Cohen As families and friends gather for Passover, they look forward to...

Passover History in Detroit’s Jewish Community

The DJN Foundation Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History has plenty of Passover stories. By Mike Smith, Detroit Jewish News Foundation Archivist Featured Photo: Ilene...

Weekly Torah Portion: From Disgrace To Praise

Parshat Pesach I: Exodus 12:21-51; Numbers 28:16-25; Joshua 3:5-7, 5:2-6:1, 27. By Rabbi Aura Ahuvia It is interesting that our portion for Shabbat of Passover, Exodus....

This Week’s Torah Portion: Is Purity The Question?

Parshat Metzora: Leviticus 14:1-15:33; Malachi 3:4-24. (Shabbat HaGadol) By Rabbi Dan Horwitz The Torah goes into significant depth when exploring the categories of ritually pure (tahor)...

This Week’s Torah Portion: The Magic Of Words

Parshat Tazria: Leviticus 12:1-13:59; Numbers 28:9-15; Ezekiel 12:1-20 (Shabbat HaChodesh). By Rabbi Shragie Myers Harry Potter. The Wheel of Time. The Lord of the Rings. These...

Five New Passover Books for Kids

These five new titles will enliven the Passover holiday for the whole family. By Penny Schwartz (JTA) Four questions. Four cups of wine. Four types of...

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Bari Balbes Empowers Girls Through Photos

Photographer Bari Balbes from West Bloomfield uses her portraits to empower girls with respect and equality in her Girls Photo Project. If pictures are worth...

Bubbie’s Kitchen Makes its Debut

The JN’s latest video series, Bubbie's Kitchen, focuses on Jewish cooking and a tradition that resonates across generations. If you’re a dedicated Detroit Jewish News...