Remembering the Egyptians’ Suffering: Why We Dip Out Wine at the Seder

A Guest Post by Rachel LazerusOver a decade ago, one of my college classmates, who happened to be an atheist, asked me to read an essay she'd read online about the Passover seder and give her my opinion. The article was by someone raised Jewish who was a famous, bestselling author. It talked about how growing up, her favorite part of the seder was pouring out ten drops of wine to represent the Ten Plagues. Now, as an adult, she can't handle the seder because celebrated the death of the … [Read more...]


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Everything I Never Knew about Judaism: Introducing a Panel and Calling for Questions

I grew up reading stories from the Old Testament about the Jewish conquest of Canaan and the wickedness of King Ahab, and stories from the New Testament about the Pharisees or Jewish dietary requirements. As a result, I thought I was pretty knowledgeable about Jews and Judaism.At some point in college I put the label "tentative" on essentially everything I had thought I knew and set out to reexamine the things I'd been so sure of growing up. My knowledge of Judaism was one of those things, … [Read more...]


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