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  • As Passover approaches, longtime OU kosher supervisor sounds alarm on Manischewitz

    By Jared Sichel

    April 21, 2016 | 9:30 pm

    Three days before the beginning of Passover, Rabbi Yaakov Horowitz, a veteran mashgiach (kosher supervisor) for the Orthodox Union (OU), filed a lawsuit against Manischewitz and the OU, saying he can no longer stand behind the kosher status of the Manischewitz products he has...

  • Passover is a family business for the Streits

    By Gerri Miller

    April 20, 2016 | 10:56 am

    There are just two ingredients in matzo: flour and water. But as filmmaker Michael Levine discovered while making his documentary “Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream,” a lot more goes into making — and telling the story of — the Passover staple. 

    Levine, a resident of New...

  • “Rhapsody in Schmaltz”: Matzah and Michael Wex

    April 14, 2016 | 9:56 am

    'There are those who say that God gave us cardboard so that we could describe the taste of matzoh, but taste is what matzoh is not about,” Michael Wex writes in his new book, “Rhapsody in Schmaltz: Yiddish Food and Why We Can’t Stop Eating It.” 

    “Rhapsody” is Wex’s provocative...

  • Cruz takes a shot at matzah baking in Brooklyn

    April 8, 2016 | 9:15 am

    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Thursday tried his luck at baking matzah as he seeks to earn the support of the Jewish community and compete for delegates in the New York primary later this month.

    Flanked by Jewish community leaders and guided by Rabbi Moshe Winner...

  • Chametz: The Good, the Bad and the Holy

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    April 5, 2016 | 2:27 pm

    Can we claim we don’t want something in our lives when we still own it?

    When my wife Rebbitzen Rachel asked me to write something about selling chametz on Passover, I realized that if I don’t try to explain chametz in all it’s perplexing glory and ignominy, I would be letting...

  • Matzah Matta You?

    By Deena F. Greenberg

    April 2, 2015 | 3:29 am

    I love Passover.  It’s a special, historic time of year for Jews, and the seders are always beautiful. But I have to admit (O.k., I don’t have to. I want to, because I love to kvetch.), matzah starts to get on my nerves long before the holiday is over.  I was going to devote this...

  • Gluten-free matzah

    March 25, 2015 | 1:03 pm

    Although matzah is a symbol of our exodus from Egypt, it is, for some, a literal bread of affliction. Traditional matzah is made of flour milled from wheat, rye, barley, spelt or oats. All of these grains — except oats — contain high levels of gluten, a protein that, if ingested by...

  • In eastern Ukraine, a unique matzah factory puts food on Jewish tables

    March 23, 2015 | 11:49 am

    With one eye on a digital countdown timer, Binyamin Vestrikov jumps up and down while slamming a heavy rolling pin into a piece of dough.

    Aware of his comical appearance to the journalist watching, he exaggerates his movements to draw laughs from a dozen colleagues at the...

  • At Streit’s 90-year-old Lower East Side factory, ‘the men’ turn out their last matzah batch

    February 25, 2015 | 1:25 pm

    Seated in his Lower East Side office, in front of a large portrait of company patriarch Aron Streit, Alan Adler avoids becoming too nostalgic.

    “It’s like I tell my family members: none of you own a car from 1935, why do you think a matzah factory from 1935 is what we should be...

  • Operation Passover: Israeli Rabbi smuggles matzah to Syria’s Jews

    By Simone Wilson

    February 25, 2015 | 10:36 am

    By the morning of Feb. 19, Rabbi Abraham Haim had collected more than 300 pounds of Jerusalem-made matzah for delivery to Syria. Boxes of the traditional Jewish crackers were stacked up to the ceiling of his cramped apartment in Bnei Brak, a religious suburb of Tel Aviv.

    A few...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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