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Jewish Holidays

Why Rachel Berry deserves our compassion

Recently in The Forward, Jay Michaelson compared four characters from “Glee” to the “Four Children” from the Passover seder tradition. What I loved about the piece was Michaelson’s point that for young Jews, Jewish identity is one variable in a multi-variable identity that youth will embrace, when and if they find it meaningful. What bothered me about the piece was the language Michaelson used describing Rachel Berry, the analogous “Wise Child,” as an “irritating control freak” and “intolerable.” It was particularly difficult to read this because, well, I used to be Rachel Berry.

Rachel Berry from Glee

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Rachel Berry, played by Lea Michele, on Fox's Glee.
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Rachel Berry, played by Lea Michele, on Fox's Glee.

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The Wandering is Over Haggadah: Including women's voices

This Passover, the Jewish Women's Archive and JewishBoston.com have teamed up to bring you a downloadable, open source, fully inclusive Haggadah that weaves women's voices throughout the seder.

The Wandering is Over Haggadah: Including Women's Voices

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The Wandering is Over Haggadah: Including women's voices. Presented by the Jewish Women's Archive and JewishBoston.com.

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The Wandering is Over Haggadah: Including women's voices. Presented by the Jewish Women's Archive and JewishBoston.com.

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Why, on this night, do we include women's voices?

In collaboration with JewishBoston.com, JWA are putting the finishing touches on a new Haggadah that highlights women's voices. (Keep an eye out for it next week.) As we've been thinking about seders and traditions and the different ways we could include women's voices in the Haggadah we're creating, I wanted to hear more from you about your traditions and how you include women's voices.

JWA's Women's Voices Passover Poll

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People share their ways of including women's voices at Passover in JWA's Facebook poll.

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People share their ways of including women's voices at Passover in JWA's Facebook poll.

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Miriam and the Passover Story

I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that Passover is my favorite holiday.

Oznei Haman

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Haman's ears, or oznei haman, are a traditional dessert for Purim.
Photo by Katherine Romanow
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Haman's ears, or oznei haman, are a traditional dessert for Purim.
Photo by Katherine Romanow

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Eating Jewish: Oznei Haman (Haman’s Ears)

There are many Purim sweets that are modeled after Haman's anatomy or clothing.

Hadgi Badah

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Hadgi Badah.
Photo courtesy of Katherine Romanow.
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Hadgi Badah.
Photo courtesy of Katherine Romanow.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Jewish Holidays." (Viewed on February 6, 2016) <http://jwa.org/topics/jewish-holidays>.

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