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  • Getting gelt was good as gold

    1 week ago

    What can a buck get you on Chanukah? Maybe a gold mesh bag of chocolate coins or a lighter for your menorah. But Jewish continuity?
     
    At a time, when we get so wrapped up in gift giving, I propose that it’s a single dollar of gelt (Yiddish for money) that has the power to keep...
  • Where’s My Brisket???

    By Revital Belz

    June 3, 2014 | 2:49 am

    So...On Rosh Hashana: broiled chicken. Succot: meat borsht and roast beef. Pesach: Grandma’s tongue and brisket. Shavuot: CHEESECAKE???

    In my house growing up, my mom would only make meat and chicken once a week on Shabbat, and besides for the cold leftovers we’d have Sunday...

  • No Wrong Way to End Yom Kippur Fast

    By Linda Morel

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I grew up in a family that never seemed to do anything right. Our approach to Yom Kippur, for example, was mixed: My father and I observed it; my mother and brother did not. Returning from synagogue at the end of the day, Dad and I were starving, so we grabbed a couple of slices of...

  • Not Your Grandma’s Honey Cake

    By Linda Morel

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It wouldn't be the second night of Rosh Hashanah if our friends didn't come for dinner, contributing a cornucopia of dishes, especially divine desserts. There are enough pastries covering the buffet to keep judges at the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest busy for a week.

    I always bake a...

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  • The Next Generation Adds Its Own Touch to Seder

    By Julie G Fax

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When newer, color versions supplanted the 1923 Union Haggadah Revised, Tamar Soloff's brother and father hoarded enough copies of the original to ensure that their extended families would have a supply of their own.

    "That was the haggadah from my childhood," Soloff said. After...

  • The Sedermakers

    By Julie G Fax

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It's not that Jeanne Weiner wanted Aunt Leonie's Indian Tree dishes for herself. She hadn't used the hand-painted china in five years -- since just before her husband died -- and last Passover she was on the verge of giving the entire service for 31 to her daughter Joelle Keene, who...

  • Seder at Bubbie’s

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Mah Nishtanah Ha Lila HaZeh Mikol HaLeilot?

    Why is this night different from all other nights?

    On all other nights I'm required to act like a 25-year-old adult, but on this first night -- being the youngest person at my seder table -- I get to be a kid.

    For the last seven years,...

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