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'Wonder of wonders, miracles of miracles'

The story of Passover, more than any other Jewish holiday, is all about miracles. A burning bush. A staff that turns into a serpent. Ten plaques, each one worse than the previous one. The parting of the Red Sea. Manna coming down from heaven. Moses...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    April 19, 2024 

Series finale of HBO's 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' reunites Larry David-Jerry Seinfeld Jewish comedy duo

(JTA) — Those who might have described “Curb Your Enthusiasm” as a kind of “Seinfeld” on steroids got a fitting conclusion on Sunday, as the last episode of Larry David’s landmark 12-season sitcom was essentially a reprise of the much-malign...

 
 By Paula Shoyer    Features    April 19, 2024 

For savoring after the seders

(JNS) - First, the vegetable main course. Then comes the chocolate. The main course is a tasty, room-temperature side dish that you should make in advance so that when you are ready to grill, most of...

 
 By Josh Hasten    Features    April 19, 2024 

Inclusive Haggadah aims to empower your Seder

(JNS) - A brand-new Passover Haggadah titled, "Empowering Seder Conversations," published just in time for the holiday, is designed to promote inclusion at the Seder table, making the special evening...

 

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Veterans benefits

There are numerous assistance programs available to veterans who need advanced in-home care. These include: • Aid and Attendance Benefits (A&A) — Available to veterans who receive a VA pension and meet certain other requirements, this program can...

 

To mark our brokenness this Passover, let's scale back the matzah on our seder tables

(JTA) — How might we celebrate Passover differently this year? With so many Israelis brutally murdered on Oct. 7, so many soldiers killed or wounded in battle, so many people — Palestinians and aid workers — dead or suffering in Gaza, we canno...

 

A book for tourists and locals

Local resident Myrna Ossin is the author of 10 books. She has lived in Central Florida for 56 years and has been active in many diverse activities in the area. When one of her friends who planned...

 

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Hearing aids versus cochlear implants

While hearing aids make sounds louder, cochlear implants make them louder and clearer. They work better in noisy environments than hearing aids. Cochlear hearing implant technology is very reliable and has been around for 40 years. It is not major...

 
 By Jacob Gurvis    Features    April 5, 2024

Jewish comedian Lena Dunham discovers her family's Holocaust story on PBS' 'Finding Your Roots'

(JTA) - Jewish actress and writer Lena Dunham is the latest Hollywood star to discover that her family has ties to the Holocaust on the PBS celebrity genealogy series "Finding Your Roots." Dunham,...

 

'Remembering Gene Wilder' documentary salutes a Jewish comedy legend

(JTA) — When Mel Brooks was filming “The Producers,” he recalled an executive approaching him and saying, “The curly-haired guy—he’s funny looking. Fire him.” Brooks said he would fire the actor, but never intended to actually do it. And when “The...

 

Hulu's 'We Were the Lucky Ones' uncovers a Jewish family's buried past under the Nazis

(JTA) — Georgia Hunter was 15 when she discovered that her grandfather was Jewish. The revelation took place a year after his death, while Hunter was interviewing her grandmother for a school project. “A high school English teacher said, ‘Go out a...

 

Throughout her career, novelist Charlotte Brontë drew on the Book of Esther

(JNS) — The 19th-century English novelist Charlotte Brontë is best known for her 1847 novel “Jane Eyre,” which is a staple of many U.S. middle and high school curricula. A new journal article addresses a different side of the Victorian writer...

 

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Laughter is the best medicine

The scientific definition of laughing is a “successive, rhythmic, spasmodic expiration with open glottis and vibration of the vocal cords.” That doesn’t begin to tell the story of what laughing does for us. The bottom line is that laughing is medic...

 

All the Jewish MLB players to watch in 2024

(JTA) - The 2023 MLB season represented a watershed moment for Jewish players and fans, as a record 19 Jewish players appeared in at least one big league game. That record, topping the previous high...

 

My traumatic yet joyous homecoming to Israel

Coming home to Israel after a trip overseas to anywhere, for any length of time, is always emotional. Choking back tears, in a matter of minutes I see the coast, cities with countless construction sites indicating growth and building for the future,...

 

The real Jewish history of Lt. Robert 'Rosie' Rosenthal, heroic pilot in Apple TV+'s 'Masters of the Air'

Spoilers ahead for "Part Nine" of "Masters of the Air" on Apple TV+. (JTA) - When Lieutenant Colonel Robert Rosenthal's B-17 bomber aircraft exploded during his final World War II combat mission on Fe...

 

What makes this Purim different?

(JNS) - Before you dress in a green headband or the Jason the Serial Murderer costume, the Ministry of Education is imploring Israeli citizens to think long and hard about how their choices may...

 

Check out PJ Library for activities, recipes and resources for Passover

From the evening of April 22 to April 30, Jews across the world partake in the annual celebration of Passover, a 3,300-year-old story of freedom and sacrifice, commemorating their liberation from slavery in Egypt. It’s one of the most widely c...

 

Local author's memoir captures the resilience of the human spirit

We don't get to choose when or where we are born. And it isn't until we are much older that we can begin to make our own life choices. In fact, most of our childhoods are spent doing what we are...

 

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: When to give up the car keys

There are certain signals that might mean it is time to give up the car keys. Unfortunately, very few seniors pay attention to these signs: • You are nervous behind the wheel. • Your reactions are too slow due to your vision. • You have troub...

 

IDF reservist flies home in plane's washroom seat

(JNS) - When a 27-year-old Israeli university student vacationing in Thailand on Oct. 7 was determined to fly home to join his military reserve unit, he was given an unusual seat on the sold-out and...

 
 By Pam Spalter    Features    March 8, 2024

Reflections on a JNF-USA volunteer trip in Israel - doing something tangible to help Israelis

Sitting in my comfortable environment in the United States, sharing discussions and expressions of upsets over what was happening in Israel left me with a deep pit of helplessness that could not be...

 

The pest in the attic

In October, on a miserable, windy, rainy day, Larry and I found a puddle on our kitchen floor. Looking up, we could see water coming from one of our recessed lights. Damn! We called a roofing company the next day. After spending an hour directing a...

 
 By Shira Dicker    Features    March 8, 2024

Remembering Ellen Bernstein, 70, the 'birthmother' of Jewish environmentalism

(JTA) — On Tuesday, Feb. 27, I was jolted awake at 3:30 a.m., wrestling with unwelcome consciousness until I eventually exhausted or bored myself back to sleep. Three hours later, I awoke to the news that my friend Ellen Bernstein — author, rab...

 
 By Jacob Gurvis    Features    March 1, 2024

Jewish teens are looking at a new factor in their college search: antisemitism

ORLANDO (JTA) — Ethan Smith ranks fifth in his New Jersey high school class, scored high on the SAT and aced a full slate of five Advanced Placement tests last year. On Oct. 1, he submitted his application to a nearby Ivy League school, the U...

 

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