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  • Pesach in Baghdad

    by Joseph Samuels

    5 days ago

    Spring was always a welcome guest. The winter was wet and muddy and the nights were bitterly cold. The streets in Baghdad’s old quarter (Taht el Takia) where I was born in December 1930 were narrow, twisted and unpaved. Sanitary conditions were poor or nonexistent. There was no...

  • Redesigning the seder plate

    by Avishay Artsy

    1 week ago

    In addition to being a time of remembrance, Passover is a holiday for special foods, special dishes and family heirlooms, notably the seder plate. The most common is a porcelain plate with a Star of David or the Hebrew word Pesach —  for Passover — inscribed in its center,...

  • Three seder meditations

    by David Sacks

    1 week ago

    Who Teaches Whom?

    One the most famous questions asked on seder night is, “Why isn’t Moses’ name mentioned in the haggadah? He’s the one who took us out of Egypt! Surely, if anyone is featured, it should be him!”  

    The truth is, Moses’ name is mentioned, but only once, and it’s...

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  • Going green for Passover

    By Judy Zeidler

    1 week ago

    The mainstays of a traditional Passover seder, celebrating the Exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt, tend to be a carnivore’s dream: gefilte fish, chicken soup with matzah balls, stuffed turkey and lamb shanks.

    Today, though, more and more families are planning a vegetarian...

  • Matzah, en route to freedom

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    2 weeks ago

    Why matzah? It is an improbable symbol for such a grand holiday. With none of the embracing symbolism of a sukkah or the beauty of a Chanukah menorah, the unassuming cracker is the centerpiece of Passover. 

    The rabbis identify the matzah with humility. Unlike bread, which is...

  • Poem: This Passover

    by Esther Cohen

    2 weeks ago

    This Passover maybe we can liberate ourselves
    from holding onto what happened
    We don’t have to subscribe
    To Be Here Now but we can try
    letting go of all that happened
    that gets in the way
    of how pink Egypt is how much
    we loved one another before
    life intervened. This...

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