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  • Letters to the editor: Lamb stew, Passover, Jon Stewart and more

    2 weeks ago

    Lamb Stew Not Kosher

    The Jewish Journal recipe for lamb stew (“Our Dad’s Lamb Stew,” March 27) clearly mixed milk and meat. Not only was this a poor selection for a Passover recipe, it is just flat-out not kosher. The garbanzo beans would also only be for the Sephardic. Hopefully...

  • Beyond Chocolate Bunnies and Passover Baskets

    By Diana Emuna

    3 weeks ago

    As I prepared for Passover last week, one of my co-workers asked me if I made “Passover baskets” for my kids.  When I replied no, she asked, “You mean your kids don’t get bunnies and Easter eggs?”

    And so it begins.

    Soon, my co-workers file in and the questions begin.  I am...

  • Up-cycle a matzah box into a mini photo album

    By Jonathan Fong

    April 10, 2015 | 12:34 pm

    I hate to throw away boxes. Cereal boxes, toothpaste boxes, gift boxes — you name it. It’s not that I’m a hoarder, just that the cardboard used in packaging can be a valuable crafting resource. It’s thick, durable and can be used for myriad DIY projects. I pay good money in paper...

  • The fast-food guide to a post-Passover bread binge

    April 10, 2015 | 11:48 am

    Passover ends on Saturday, and let’s get real for a second: no one wants to end their week-long bread banishment with something…healthy. Sure, pizza and beer are the go-to foods to break the bread-fast, but real troopers commit themselves to more extraordinary options. Here’s a...

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  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 10, 2015 | 11:36 am

    On the last day of Passover, you're invited to sit back and enjoy some of the best Israeli-made Passover clips:

    Dayenu, Coming Home - The Fountainheads Passover Song

     

    Passover Pesach 2015 Seder Rube Goldberg Machine from Technion in Israel

     

    Amazing Pesach Video Hand in Hand in Israel

     

    Let Us Go - Passover "Frozen" Parody

  • Hebrew word of the week: Bne-Horin

    April 9, 2015 | 11:11 am

    In the haggadah, bne-Horin, literally “sons of freeborn, noblemen” (Nehemiah 2:16), are contrasted with avadim “slaves.” The mishnah recognizes cases of half-slave, half-freeman — for instances when a slave who had two masters is freed by one but not by the other (Gittin 4:5).

    ...
  • Maybe Obama knows what he’s doing

    By Rob Eshman

    April 8, 2015 | 2:29 pm

    At our seder this year, one guest, an Israeli of Iraqi origin, told me her family has a very different way of recounting the Ten Plagues God sent to Egypt.

    Instead of spilling a little wine at the mention of each plague — blood, boils, hail, frogs, the likeher father would...

  • My Passover lesson: Don’t wait for God

    By David Suissa

    April 8, 2015 | 1:57 pm

    The Jewish people didn’t bring down the Ten Plagues on Pharaoh, nor did they split the Red Sea, which enabled them to escape Pharaoh’s soldiers some 3,300 years ago. These were God’s miracles, which we all celebrate during Passover.

    This year, I found those miracles a little...

  • Self-Determination and Passover

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 8, 2015 | 12:46 pm

    While many of us are still eating matzah (much to the dismay of our digestive systems), there’s still time to think about the underlying theme of liberation from slavery. Also known as the Festival of Freedom, Passover’s essence is about transformation from living a life with no...

  • If God took the Jews out of Egypt…

    By Dennis Prager

    April 8, 2015 | 11:52 am

    If God took the Jews out of Egypt, why didn’t he take the Jews out of Europe during the Holocaust? Or out of Ukraine during the Khmelnitsky pogroms? Or out of Germany when Crusaders annihilated entire Jewish communities there?

    What Jew hasn’t asked such questions?

    There may be...

  • Some Passover reflections

    April 7, 2015 | 12:30 pm

    I love Passover. It's one of my very favorite Jewish holidays. For more than 3 score years I have enjoyed the richness of the rituals, the exotic and tasty food, and the story about a struggle for freedom, some would say a never-ending struggle, and I won't argue...
  • 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...

  • Chabad Merkos 302 fighting the good fight

    April 6, 2015 | 12:43 pm

    We all recall how our community felt after the news of the Pew Research Center’s “A Portrait of Jewish Americans” was released. The question was continuously posed. What should be done to combat this troubling trajectory? What can be done? As the Pew study revealed, the...

  • How your Seder should conclude

    April 6, 2015 | 12:34 pm

    Passover is the beginning….

    Do you know the concluding words in the Passover Haggadah?  In many ways, they are more important than the beginning words.

    The central message of Passover is that God liberated Israel from 430 years of Egyptian slavery, and that all humans have the...

  • 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...

  • My Passover Prayer

    By Ilana Angel

    April 3, 2015 | 7:38 am

    I wish you all a very Happy Passover. May you have peace, health, and joy today and always. Passover is a time for family and since I am unable to be with my family in Canada this year, I have spent two days cooking all my mother’s holiday dishes and now my home smells as if she is...

  • Let my people stay

    By Rob Eshman

    April 2, 2015 | 7:44 pm

    It’s spring, and fear is busting out all over.

    In the past three weeks, I’ve been to two events memorializing the Holocaust. The speakers alternated between the necessity of remembering the Nazi genocide even as its last surviving victims die, and confronting the current rise of...

  • Redemption: The good, the bad and the ugly

    April 2, 2015 | 7:41 pm

    It should have been that our ancestors’ redemption from slavery meant they were finally free. That was what they had cried out for, after all: freedom from their enslavement. 

    Nothing else bad should have happened. They had suffered for years, but finally, God liberated them with...

  • Imagining a seder in my home a century ago

    April 2, 2015 | 7:14 pm

    With 30-minute seders, food drives for the hungry and boxes of perfectly baked matzah, we like to think that in 2015 we have finally achieved a modern, socially relevant and easy-to-observe Passover. But in Los Angeles, if we were to travel back 100 years to 1915, in any way-back...

  • Exodus, my very own experience

    April 2, 2015 | 6:44 pm

    On Passover eve, seder night, Jews from all over the world gather at their homes with family and friends to recite the story of the Exodus. For thousands of years, as children, we were told to tell our children and to tell their children about our ancestors’ slavery and their...

  • How the wicked son became wise: a Passover parable

    By Ryan Torok

    April 2, 2015 | 6:43 pm

    I’ve spent too many Passovers to count preoccupied with the two choices: the wise son or the wicked son. Was I wise, or was I wicked — hacham or rasha? Wanting desperately to be the wise son, in my heart, in my kishkes, I always knew that I was more wicked than wise. 

    After all,...

  • How do I make a seder?

    April 2, 2015 | 6:31 pm

    Passover, as we all know, is a key religious holiday. The problem is, the seder often lasts more than two hours. Too long for our active toddler. My solution: Host a toddler Passover. I suggested the idea to my husband several months ago. He agreed. We invited another couple with a...

  • Who foots the bill for freedom?

    April 2, 2015 | 6:29 pm

    The Gordons were a Modern Orthodox family. My parents and I weren’t sure what that meant, except that they “kept the Sabbath” (Where? How?) and knew way more about Judaism than we did. They had two daughters — Tamar, who, like, me was 4 years old, and Ilana, who was a year older....

  • The Cask serves up kosher wines for connoisseurs

    By Jeff Smith

    April 2, 2015 | 6:12 pm

    In the past, trying to put together a kosher wine tasting was a challenge because it seemed the major stores offered so few choices. A quick look at the inventory of some of the more sympathetic non-kosher wine shops around Los Angeles reveals a mere page of choices, but if you...

  • Chocolate: a delicious holiday dilemma

    By Rabbi Debbie Prinz

    April 2, 2015 | 4:39 pm

    A gentleman in a sweater bemoaned the fact that chocolate was forbidden at his childhood seders. Others of his generation attending a presentation about my book, “Jews on the Chocolate Trail,” recalled the same prohibition during Passover: No chocolate allowed. I was stumped. I had...

  • Jews combating modern slavery, and an anti-trafficking bill that stalls in the Senate

    By Jared Sichel

    April 2, 2015 | 4:37 pm

    Rabbi Debra Orenstein’s seder this Passover will look and feel somewhat different from those in most Jewish homes in America. As one of the leading figures in American Jewry raising awareness about modern slavery and trafficking, Orenstein and thousands of other Jews are making...

  • By any medium necessary, Dr. Drew, celebrity M.D., treats America’s ailments

    By Jared Sichel

    April 2, 2015 | 4:03 pm

    Dr. Drew Pinsky is a busy, busy man. 

    Hurriedly walking into his office in the CNN building on Sunset Boulevard for an interview, Pinsky offered a quick greeting, sat down at his desk, typed away on his computer and recorded an audio introduction for that evening’s upcoming HLN...

  • At seder, don’t bite the hand that serves

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    April 2, 2015 | 3:47 pm

    At your seder, you just might be the Egyptian.

    Consider what it means to be an Israelite and an Egyptian in the Passover story. The Israelites have no power and are at the whim of those they serve. And what about the Egyptians? They have all the power, but their morality is...

  • On Pesach, to resort or not to resort?

    By Jared Sichel

    April 2, 2015 | 3:13 pm

    God miraculously rescued the Jews from Egypt — so the old joke goes — only to see Jewish mothers slave around the house cleaning and cooking in preparation for eight days of Passover.

    Or not. 

    At least not anymore, not for the many Jewish families who can afford to have someone...

  • Bringing new questions to the seder table

    April 2, 2015 | 1:57 pm

    With Passover upon us, an almost universal association with the biblically based holiday is the reciting of the four questions, commonly chanted by the youngest person seated at the seder table. Our tradition has long emphasized the importance of asking good, probing questions. The...

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