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  • Passing the kosher-for-Passover test

    By Tess Cutler

    April 8, 2015 | 3:19 pm

    On March 31, a Tuesday, it looked like a hurricane had swept through Shiloh’s Steakhouse, an abnormal scene for the otherwise-pristine, kosher fine-dining establishment on Pico Boulevard. Chairs were pushed to the side and tables were scattered,  as plastic bins filled with...

  • Visitors to Israeli park turned away for carrying chametz

    April 6, 2015 | 2:32 pm

    Visitors to a public park in Israel were turned away because they carried food that was not kosher for Passover.

    The security guard at the entrance to the park in Afula, in northern Israel, was checking visitor’s bags for weapons and for chametz, according to reports.

    Visitors...

  • A Seder Prayer and Seder Notes

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    April 3, 2015 | 2:16 pm

    Tonight we gather to experience the redemption from Egypt as we retell the story of the Exodus. The more we get into the mindset that we are also being redeemed from slavery, the more tonight can be a time of personal and communal transformation.

    Here is something to think and...

  • The chametz within

    March 28, 2013 | 8:17 am

    Rejoice! Spring has arrived, and Pesach is here. The time of our liberation is at hand. The Exodus from our narrow straits is re-enacted once more.

    To be sure, Pesach is about history — the story of the children of Israel leaving the oppression of Egypt, freed into the wilderness...

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  • The story of Passover Coca-Cola

    March 21, 2013 | 3:57 am

    It contains pure cane sugar, is chametz-free, may taste better than the year-round beverage — and is effectively off-limits in the state of California.

    While the story of kosher for Passover Coca-Cola may not be as riveting as God unleashing swarms of locust on the Egyptians or...

  • Rousseau, Civilized Man and Chametz in the Heart!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 23, 2013 | 10:33 pm

    It is generally viewed as a success of the Enlightenment that we have cast off what philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau called “homme sauvage” (the natural, free, wild man) and built up the “homme civilize” (the civilized, enlightened, modern man). As Rousseau, who paradoxically...

  • Singles at Passover saying so long to cell phone, Facebook contacts

    April 3, 2012 | 3:09 pm

    While Passover is the time to clean out chametz, single Jews apparently will be cleaning out their social lives.

    Jewish singles will use the holiday as an excuse to clean out their cell phone and Facebook contacts, a poll conducted by the Jewish dating site Jewcier found.

    In a poll...

  • Looking for chametz in car, coat and computer

    March 29, 2012 | 5:02 pm

    Who are the chametz seekers, those dutiful service technicians who in preparation for Passover, and for a fee, help us search and destroy the hidden, unexpected unleaven in our lives?

    Yes, for some, it’s not nearly enough to change over the dishes, scrub the kitchen, vacuum the...

  • Non-Jewish man returns chametz

    April 28, 2011 | 11:34 am

    A non-Jewish man who took possession of the chametz given to him by a haredi Orthodox community just before the start of Passover returned the goods shortly after the end of the holiday.

    The return of the chametz, including expensive liquor, was reported in haredi newspapers and The...

  • The Chametz search takes a new turn

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    April 5, 2011 | 6:53 pm

    Professor Plum in the library with a lead pipe? That might be the solution to a game of “Clue,” but in the new board game “Chametz: The Search Is On!” the more likely culprit is Professor Slivovitz,  who is sullying the house with bits of a dreaded cupcake.

    Professor...

  • Desperately seeking Chametz

    March 16, 2011 | 11:30 am

    When our ancestors fled slavery in Egypt thousands of years ago, they didn’t have an opportunity to plan for the trip: They gathered what they could, grabbed their unleavened bread and high-tailed it out into the desert.

    Today, when we prepare for Passover, which commemorates...

  • Save the beans, save yourself—free the kitniyot!

    By JewishJournal.com

    April 7, 2008 | 4:13 pm


    They call themselves the Kitniyot Liberation Front on Facebook, and they are fighting for beans.

    Name: Kitniyot Liberation Front
    Type: Common Interest - Religion & Spirituality
    Description: To all eaters of kitniyot during Pesach, and to all who believe that kitniyot are not...

  • Briefs: Carter condemns, Ban meets, students protest

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Carter: Israel backers demand 'subservience'

    Mideast peace is possible only with forceful U.S. engagement, former President Jimmy Carter said as he received the Ridenhour Courage Prize for speaking out on controversial topics. Carter -- whose recent book, "Palestine: Peace Not...
  • Chametz and matzah symbolize internal slavery struggle

    By Reb Mimi Feigelson

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When my student Adam confronted me recently with this question "In a post-Freudian world, how can we trust the honesty of our intentions?" my response was, "Our conscious and subconscious can be likened to matzah and chametz."

    There are two ways to describe the difference between...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Before Pesach, we get rid of all the chametz in our homes. Chametz is anything that rises, like bread. So the night before Pesach, after the whole house has been cleaned, we hide 10 small pieces of bread around the house and search for them by candlelight. You know, at the seder, we...

  • A Clean Sweep

    By Abby Gilad

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It's spring cleaning time! You know how lots of people throw stuff out in the spring? They clean out their houses and put everything back in order. Well, we do that for Pesach, too. Traditional Jews spend weeks cleaning chametz (anything that is not kosher for Pesach) out of their...

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