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  • Matzah, en route to freedom

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    April 9, 2014 | 2:37 pm

    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...

  • Bringing handmade, organic trends to making matzah

    April 9, 2014 | 11:53 am

    In their small farmhouse bakery in Vermont, Doug Freilich and Julie Sperling work round the clock producing matzah during the period preceding Passover — a matzah that feels ancient and modern at once. 

    Using a mix of grains they grow on their own farm and wheat sourced from...

  • Happenings

    By Michelle Azar

    April 10, 2013 | 10:32 am

    I miss matzah. I actually miss it.  One would thing a week that dry piece of cardboard might be enough, so it makes me wonder… what am I really missing? The “food” itself or the surroundings?

    This Passover was spent with family, ALL family really, from the newly born to the super...

  • Killing Children and Eating Matzah

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 28, 2013 | 1:41 pm

    By M. Alexander

    Passover is one of the reasons I rejected Judaism.  How can a religion that claims to be a proponent of equality simultaneously have at its cornerstone of freedom the murder of children?  Instead of delving deeper, I turned away from Judaism as a holiday of...

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  • 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...

  • On slavery and memory

    By David Suissa

    March 21, 2013 | 2:19 pm

    Judaism is a religion that likes symbols. The Passover Seder table is full of them: There’s the salt that can represent tears or bitterness, the wine as metaphor for blood, the unleavened matzah as a symbol for humility, and so on.

    In the Passover story itself, one of the deeper...

  • Egyptian exodus comes to Westwood

    March 21, 2013 | 4:18 am

    With focused eyes and wide smiles, a sea of preschoolers in white baker’s hats worked slowly, carefully kneading and flattening the dough that would soon emerge from a brick oven as that classic Passover food: matzah.

    These little amateur cooks were part of the model matzah...

  • Matzah: Simple cracker, detailed story

    March 21, 2013 | 3:36 am

    The matzah aisle in any local kosher supermarket — even some nonkosher ones — is increasingly more likely to resemble a cereal aisle with its myriad options rather than the modesty and simplicity that is matzah itself. 

    A recent visit to Glatt Mart, one of Pico Boulevard’s two...

  • Save the self-pity, choices abound for Passover meals [RECIPES]

    March 11, 2013 | 10:05 am

    For the many who feel overwhelmed by Passover because of the demands of cooking without leaven, a word or two: That should not be an obstacle.

    After all, on this most celebrated of Jewish holidays, we are allowed to eat fish, meat, poultry, eggs, nuts, fruits, most vegetables and...

  • This year, more Angelenos than ever get Passover aid from local agencies

    By Ryan Torok

    April 11, 2012 | 12:45 pm

    This year, more than 1,000 Los Angeles families in need received food from organizations that provide assistance specifically for Passover.

    During the weeks leading up to the first seder, on April 6, visitors to distribution sites set up by agencies, synagogues and organizations...

  • Mishap leaves Israeli brigade with seder meal of matzah and salami

    April 9, 2012 | 10:18 am

    Israeli soldiers in the Kfir Brigade ate salami and matzah for their seder meal after a base chef heated up the real seder food inappropriately, rendering it unkosher.

    The infantry brigade returned to base from a mission at the start of Passover expecting a festive holiday meal, but...

  • Passover Rhapsody - A Jewish Rock Opera

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 5, 2012 | 1:49 pm

  • Liberation

    By David Suissa

    April 4, 2012 | 11:33 am

    It’s fashionable to look at Passover as a universal idea. This makes sense; after all, how much more universal can you get than the theme of human freedom? Also, it’s a lot easier these days to be outer-directed and feel outrage at injustice. Thanks to the Internet, millions can...

  • Questionable behavior for after the seder

    April 3, 2012 | 10:33 am

    Why is the day after the seder different from all other days? Is it because we are exhausted? Or our clothes no longer button? Possibly.

    More likely, I suspect the day after is different because of all the newly minted questions that drop into our brains like zuzim.

    Hearing the...

  • How not to feel like a matzah ball on Passover

    April 2, 2012 | 3:27 pm

    It’s April and steel shopping carts clang and collide like bumper cars in the kosher-for-Passover aisle of my local supermarket. Even in this mob I find soul mates, shoppers who share my angst about eating many of the hechshered-for-the-holiday packaged foods. Foods made with what...

  • Q&A with pastry chef Chris Hanmer

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    March 29, 2012 | 3:46 pm

    Award-winning pastry chef Chris Hanmer doesn’t let a little matzah meal scare him. Hanmer, who, in 2011, came in first in the second season of “Top Chef: Just Desserts,” has been pastry chef at catered Passover programs at Ritz-Carlton hotels in Lake Las Vegas, Nev., and...

  • Valentine’s Day: Use what you’ve got

    February 14, 2012 | 10:14 am

    Valentine’s Day can be a tough time for a young Jew. Fancy restaurants do not cater well to our people. The last time I took a lady to a snooty eatery, the special was baked swiss-cheese-topped-pork stuffed into a lobster served on a picture of Jesus.

    Why do we put ourselves...

  • Beyond matzah and couscous

    By Ryan E. Smith

    November 17, 2011 | 11:36 am

    Ataste of Israel is no farther away than your local grocery store — and not just in the kosher aisle.

    No one’s surprised to find Israeli matzah on a shelf, but what about sliced Mexican turkey from a company called Hod Golan (motto: “The Height of Good Taste”), which is...

  • Judge rules U.S. inmate has no right to matzah

    August 11, 2011 | 5:16 pm

    A U.S. federal judge has ruled that an inmate in a New York jail does not have a constitutionally protected right to matzah and grape juice.

    Christopher Henry, who was charged with first-degree sodomy, claimed permanent trauma and malnourishment and requested nearly $10 billion in...

  • Top 10 Uses for Leftover Matzah

    By Lauren Bottner

    April 25, 2011 | 2:32 pm

    We seek it out before Passover.  We sweep dark corners and peer under beds.  We get detailed car washes and scour our kitchens.  We have dinner parties with chametz smorgasbords before first Seder.  8 days later we groan over all of the leftover matzah.  Always aiming to help, here...

  • Passover in Prison

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 12, 2011 | 6:35 pm

    A few weeks before Passover, there was a moment when Shirley Friedman looked worried that there might not be enough food for everybody.

    Friedman, who calls herself “a full-time grandmother,” is expecting to feed three dozen people over the first two nights of Passover at her...

  • Hypochondriacs are We!

    By Julia Bendis

    December 6, 2010 | 1:05 pm

    I absolutely love being Jewish, I love everything about it, the food, the culture, the faith itself.  However, the terrible thing about being Jewish is that constant feeling that there is something wrong with you.  Seriously, worry is our “thing”!  That’s just what we do, what has...

  • RECIPE: The Fluffiest Matzah Balls

    By Judy Zeidler

    March 25, 2009 | 7:41 pm

    The Fluffiest Matzah Balls
    (Click here for the full article)

    I’ve been tweaking this matzah ball recipe over the years, and I’m now satisfied that it produces the lightest matzah balls you’ve ever tasted. If you don’t want to take the time to make them, boil some Passover...

  • Get ready to sing . . . Hatikvah!

    By Shoshana Lewin Fischer

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm


    This hiphop version of Hatikvah by France's Francky Perez was just released


    Get Ready to Sing

    In 1886, Naphtali Herz Imber, an English poet originally from Bohemia, wrote the words to Israel's national anthem, "Hatikvah." Samuel Cohen, an immigrant from Moldavia, wrote the melody.

    ...

  • L.A. Jewish girl joins the African Jewish matzah dance

    By Nili Salem

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    My Pesach preparation, like that of so many Americans, usually involves walking to my local supermarket and loading a cart full of Manischewitz products ... you know, the chocolate-covered jellies, the matzah-pizza sauce and, of course, the kosher cheese that rarely melts. The...
  • Missing Matzah? It’s a Chain Store Problem

    By Adam Wills

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The hunt for matzah stretched beyond the afikomen this year. A matzah shortage this week left many Southern California shoppers driving to multiple supermarkets in search of the unleavened bread, which plays a leading role during Passover seders and is used throughout the week.

    Linda...

  • The matzah challenge…VideoJew’s blind taste test

    By Jay Firestone

    April 10, 2008 | 10:23 am

    video by Jay Firestone


    Can you taste the difference between two different matzahs? 

    For some, it may be quite a feat to positively identify one matzah from another.  But I know that each matzah is unique in texture, flavor, scent and shape.

    Here are a few tips to follow, in...

  • 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...

  • Japanese video—- ‘Improve your matzoh handling technique’

    March 23, 2007 | 10:23 pm

    Breaking matzoh cleanly. Hat tip to Mobius.

  • I Ate the Whole Thing!

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I Ate the Whole Thing!

    Rap music and matzah balls? Hey, Jews can rap. Just ask the group, Chutzpah, which showed up in full rapping gear for the weighing of the 26-pound-matzah ball at Canter's Deli last week to celebrate the DVD release of "When Do We Eat?" The weights and measures...

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