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Author: Sagi Rudnick

Kitniyot: To Eat or Not to Eat?

Slider photo by Wikimedia Commons. Kitniyot is a Hebrew word which generally means legumes. During Passover, the word kitniyot takes on a broader meaning to include foods that may not be eaten according to traditional Ashkenazi laws and customs. However, the practice of refraining from eating kitniyot on Passover is not observed by Sephardic Jews, or Ashkenazi Jews who have adopted Sephardic customs. Certain minhagim, or traditions, and recent rulings have have provided the Jewish community with certain exceptions for the ban on  kitniyot. According to the Passover tradition, kitniyot include legumes, but also grains and seeds, such as...

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Our Role in Helping Refugees as Americans and Jews

Slider image from Imagine being forced to run away from home in order to be safe. If you are lucky, you would have time to pack a bag. If not, you would simply have to drop everything and run. The world today is in the midst of a refugee crisis. According to the United Nations (UN) Refugee Agency, there are currently 65.3 million forcibly displaced people worldwide. There are also 10 million people who have been denied a nationality and access to education, healthcare, and employment, among other basic rights. Every day, 32,972 people are forced to flee...

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Millions March Hoping to Trump Sexism in America and the World

Slider image by Margaux Renee. On Jan. 21 2017, the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, roughly 4,814,000 people around the world marched en masse to advocate for women’s rights. Collectively, the Women’s March on Washington and its sister marches across the United States constituted the biggest peaceful protest in our country’s history. 673 marches took place around the world in addition to the march in Washington DC . An estimated 500,000 people partook in the main march in Washington DC, and over 5,000 activists marched in Kansas City, Mo. Students from Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy (HBHA) attended various...

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President Obama’s Legacy Concerning Israel

Over the past eight years, President Obama and his administration has been significantly involved with Israel. He has met with key Israeli government officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the late Former President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres. He has spoken at policy conferences hosted by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a bipartisan organization of US citizens committed solely to strengthening, protecting and promoting the relationship between the U.S. and Israel. President Obama also facilitated peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) during his presidency. Some supporters of Israel claim that President Obama has...

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Changes in Upper School STUCO Help Shape New HBHA Traditions

  The Upper School student council is kicking off the 2016-17 school year with new programs and traditions that have proven to be a success in the past. Furthermore, STUCO is emphasizing the incorporation of the student body’s opinions into its programs. STUCO is committed to engaging the student body with fun and memorable activities. As it has done in previous years, “STUCO will continue to serve HBHA with its beloved staples like pep rallies, hot dog lunches, latke lunches, pizza lunches, school dances, upper school outings, weekly bagel and doughnut sales, fun family and holiday programming, creating and...

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