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20 Mar 2019

A highlight of the Purim celebration is the public reading of the Book of Esther. Unlike many other Jewish communities, in the S&P tradition the Megillah is not read according to t...

On Saturday night at the conclusion of Shabbat, we recite the Habdalah or “Separation,” including prayers over wine, fragrant spices, and the light of the candle, and mark the tran...

On Friday evening as we welcome Shabbat, we sing the beautiful 16th-century hymn by Rabbi Shelomo Ha-Levi Alkabetz, Lekha Dodi – “Come, my beloved, to welcome the bride.”  There ar...

9 Jul 2018


For 100 years, an original manuscript containing the year-round order of prayers of the Spanish & Portuguese Jews of Bordeaux went missing.

     But in 2016, a copy was unexpected...

21 Apr 2017

Ha Lahma Anya (This is the Bread of Affliction) is one of the introductory paragraphs of the Haggadah, discussing the matzah and expressing the hope of freedom in the Land of Israe...

9 Feb 2017

Two Torah readings -- Parashat Beshallah and Parashat Yitro -- contain some of the most dramatic scenes in the early national life of the Jewish people. In Parashat Beshallah, we r...

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