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  • Preparing for Pesach - Yesterday and Today

    By Revital Belz

    2 days ago

    Our first year married we thought we could swing the Pesach cleaning ourselves in 2 days- boy, were we wrong!

    The second year, with a six-month-old-baby, we had just moved into a new apartment, which was basically clean already. A friend of my husband’s, who had helped us with...

  • Protecting a Life is Always a Priority

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    6 days ago

    The Torah commands us protect our lives, and those of others. Based on the verse, "Guard yourself and guard your soul very much" (Deut. 4:9). According to Jewish law, it is a duty to take all due precautions and avoid anything that may endanger life. “Anyone who violates such...

  • Easy floral arrangements for your Passover table

    By Jonathan Fong

    1 week ago

    You’ve been cooking for days. You got the good dishes out of storage. The silver is polished. And in the midst of getting all the preparations ready for the big seder dinner, the last thing you probably want to think about is a floral centerpiece. 

    The reality is, centerpieces...

  • 65 Years of favorite Passover desserts

    By Judy Zeidler

    1 week ago

    This year, I gathered together all of the Passover dessert recipes I have made, dating back to our first seder in 1950 — more than 125. This was in anticipation of compiling them into my new project, a Passover dessert cookbook.

    I thought it would be fun to share some of my...

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  • Gluten-free matzah

    1 week ago

    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...

  • Chaos and Charoset: A story of Pesach

    1 week ago

    The Persian seder begins the same way every year: A plate of matzah, veiled with an ornamented white cloth, gets passed around the table until everybody has sung the schedule of the seder. While whoever holds the tray sings, the remaining audience claps or slaps the table in unison...

  • Ben & Jerry’s charoset and 10 more Passover ice cream ideas

    1 week ago

    A few weeks after Ben & Jerry’s founders indicated that marijuana-infused ice cream may one day join its product line, the company’s kosher-for-Passover charoset flavor has been generating buzz.

    In case your memories of last year’s seder are blurred by too many cups of wine, ...

  • Passover: A lesson in political science

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    1 week ago

    Decades ago, before the creation of the State of Israel, David Ben-Gurion gave a brief lesson in Jewish history: 

    “Three hundred years, ago a ship called the Mayflower set sail to the New World. This was a great event in the history of England. Yet I wonder if there is one...

  • What is SEDER2015?

    By Ryan Torok

    1 week ago

    Passover is the most family-oriented of the Jewish holidays, the ultimate dinner party, the Thanksgiving of the Jewish community. 

    That is the belief, anyway, of Michael Hebb, creator of Seder2015, an interactive smorgasbord of Passover-related audio clips of famous thinkers...

  • Raspberry swirl chocolate torte with pecan crust

    1 week ago

    Passover desserts can really be the worst. Canned macaroons. Dry cake. And while I know many people who love it, super rich flourless chocolate cake is just not my thing. I don’t enjoy how dense it is, even if i love chocolate. And I do love chocolate.

    Instead of the traditional,...

  • Arugula Matzo Lasagna

    1 week ago

    Ingredients

    • 4 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 small onion, chopped
    • 6 cloves garlic, 3 minced and 3 sliced thinly
    • 1 medium-size carrot, peeled and minced
    • 1 to 2 sprigs fresh oregano or thyme (optional but nice)
    • 1⁄4 cup red wine of choice (optional)
    • 1 (23- to...
  • Tips for hosting a disabilities-friendly seder

    1 week ago

    I knew when we got to the drawing of the sad-looking lamb that I had exactly one page before showtime.

    As the youngest daughter and cousin on both sides of my family, reading the Four Questions was always my job at the Passover seder. Since my severe obsessive-compulsive disorder...

  • Bartenura, a kosher-for-Passover wine, not just for seders — or Jews

    1 week ago

    Joeann Wallace sweeps down the right-hand wall of Wells Discount Liquors on a recent weekday afternoon, grabs a bottle of Bartenura Moscato without breaking stride and steams three aisles over to snag a fruity vodka she likes to mix with her wine selection.

    Wallace, who works in...

  • For Reform, new gay-friendly High Holidays prayer book keeps up inclusivity trend

    1 week ago

    The Reform movement’s rabbinic association unveiled its new High Holidays prayer book — one that continues the movement’s trend toward inclusive liturgy — at the group’s 126th annual convention.

    Mishkan HaNefesh, the Reform’s first High Holidays prayer book, or machzor, since...

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

    1 week ago

    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...

  • How to make a fresh herb wreath for Passover

    By Jonathan Fong

    3 weeks ago

    As you welcome friends and family to your home this Passover season, decorate your front door with this beautiful and fragrant herb wreath. Although some people associate wreaths with Christmas, wreaths actually predate Christianity, and the Mishnah even mentions wreaths made from...

  • Vegan Passover recipe: Chocolate matzo brittle

    March 2, 2015 | 12:06 pm

    My favorite Passover treat is Matzo Brittle—a sweet and festive way to end the meal. Try out this recipe below from VegKitchen:

    Chocolate Matzo Brittle

    • 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
    • 2 Tbsp. agave nectar or maple syrup
    • Pinch of cinnamon
    • 2 matzos, broken into...
  • 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...

  • Seder2015 hopes to bring millennials to the Passover table

    By Ryan Torok

    February 23, 2015 | 12:07 pm

    Millennials, what are you doing this Passover? If you’re not sure, perhaps look to Seder2015.

    Seder 2015 is the latest brainchild of Michael Hebb, 39, a self-described “food provacteur” who last grabbed national attention for launching “Death Over Dinner,” a movement that brought...

  • Are Gluten-Free Matzo Balls a Thing? Yes they are!! [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    December 16, 2014 | 5:20 pm

    I will first address those of you who are sick of hearing about everything being gluten free:

    I know you think the rising hype of a “no gluten diet” that has taken our country by storm is some sort of psychological weakness emblematic of a consumer society that is easily seduced...

  • Why Chanukah matters

    By Jared Sichel

    December 12, 2014 | 2:21 pm

    There’s a certain narrative about Chanukah that has become near conventional wisdom among American Jews, and it goes like this:

    Chanukah is a fun holiday that is big in America, thanks to its proximity to Christmas. But really, it’s a “minor” holiday that is more impactful...

  • Freedom has its costs, emotional chains in ‘The Face in the Reeds’

    September 10, 2014 | 2:33 pm

    Closely held secrets, resentments and hidden pain are uncovered at a contentious family Passover dinner in the play “The Face in the Reeds,” now onstage at the Ruskin Group Theatre. In the play, the seder has been carefully arranged by Christina (Stacey Moseley), the wife and...

  • What would Leonard Fein say?

    By Rob Eshman

    August 25, 2014 | 10:24 am

    I was hunting around for a writer who could dive into the chaos that is Ferguson, Mo., and emerge with a thoughtful column.

    That’s when I realized how much I miss Leonard Fein.

    I have no doubt that had Fein not died on Aug. 14 at the age of 80, I would have had an email in my...

  • Plenty of clowning around at Lag b’Omer parade

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    May 21, 2014 | 11:37 am

    Clowns, chickens, children and thousands of Chabad Chasidim crowded West Pico Boulevard on May 18 for the Great Parade, an annual celebration of Lag b’Omer in Pico-Robertson. 

    The event, which was made up of floats from Chabad schools and synagogues around Los Angeles, local...

  • WATCH: Refugee Passover Seder in Holot

    By Jeremy Elster

    May 13, 2014 | 5:01 am

    Last month, Jews around the world celebrated the holiday of Passover. At our Seder tables, we retell the story of the Israelites exodus from Egypt and liberation from slavery and oppression. Since 2007, Israelis and Internationals have organized annual "Refugee Seders" to recognize...

  • WATCH: English Language Social Order Magazine Edition 4

    By Jeremy Elster

    May 12, 2014 | 5:00 am

    In this edition of Israel Social TV's English langage Social Order Magazine, we examine:

    1. In response to Israeli fears over the Palestinian Authority acceding to 15 international treaties before becoming a state, Israel Social TV wonders who else asked to join international...

  • Refugee Social Order Edition 2014

    By Jeremy Elster

    May 5, 2014 | 5:43 am

    Every year Jews gather around Seder tables to tell a defining origin story of our people - our deliverance from bondage and oppression at the hands of the Egyptians. Contained in this story is the source of Jewish ethics, reflections on history and dreams for the future. But the...

  • Post- Passover celebration, TLV’s new title, basketball history and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 28, 2014 | 6:20 pm

    Go, Maccabi!

    On Wednesday night (Israel time,) after a roller-coaster season of highs and lows, basketball team Maccabi Tel-Aviv scaled the highest summit in European basketball and earned itself a ticket to the Euroleague Final Four, for the first time since 2011. Maccabi...

  • Killing it in Mexico

    By David Suissa

    April 24, 2014 | 8:39 am

    I confess that I’ve felt a little guilty luxuriating in a Mexican resort during this Passover holiday instead of finding ways to connect with the long and painful journey of my ancestors. But I did spend the first part of the holiday in freezing Montreal, so maybe that compensates...

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