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  • 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...

  • Pharoah said ‘no.’ You won’t believe what God did next.

    By Marty Kaplan

    April 2, 2015 | 12:22 pm

    Once, at our seder, our friend Ira gave a running commentary on the haggadah, offering a scientific explanation for every miracle and wonder in the Exodus story.    

    The parting of the Reed Sea was a meteorological event. The burning bush was a glowing carbonized acacia bramble...

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  • This Passover, raging anti-Semitism, ascendant Iran stand between Jews and the promise of Elijah the Prophet

    April 2, 2015 | 11:20 am

    This post originally ran on Fow News.

    On Friday night Jewish families in Israel and throughout the world will celebrate our Passover Seder, a wondrous interactive event remembering we were once slaves unto Pharaoh and celebrating our freedom and first baby steps as a nation. In...

  • 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...

  • Rabbi Yael Buechler, the nail maven

    April 1, 2015 | 4:45 pm

    Of all the Jewish holidays, Passover affords itself best to a manicure. 

    “Ten Plagues for 10 fingers!” Rabbi Yael Buechler, founder of the nail art company Midrash Manicures, said with enthusiasm.

    Every week since 1996, the 29-year-old Buechler has given herself a manicure...

  • Preserving Yiddish in the seder

    By Avishay Artsy

    April 1, 2015 | 4:41 pm

    Nowadays, it’s rare to find a Passover seder that doesn’t deviate from the traditional haggadah. But the Erev Shabbos Discussion Group, formed in the San Fernando Valley about 50 years ago, has been doing it its own way for decades — keeping the story secular, social...

  • Easy tips for stylish Passover place settings

    By Jonathan Fong

    April 1, 2015 | 3:40 pm

    Setting the Passover table can be overwhelming. Does the seder plate have all the right elements? Where is the afikomen? Did we put out Elijah’s cup? 

    So when you reach the point of arranging the individual place settings, you want things to be quick and easy, without a lot of...

  • Meal and a Spiel’s Passover Recipe Bible

    By Elana Horwich

    April 1, 2015 | 9:00 am

    I remember the agony of sitting through Passover seders as a child.

    I learned the suffering of the Jewish People through the intense and seemingly infinite boredom of these evenings. And on top of all that, when we finally did get to the meal, the food was never that good.

    ...
  • Preparing for Pesach - Yesterday and Today

    By Revital Belz

    March 29, 2015 | 11:47 pm

    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

    March 26, 2015 | 7:28 pm

    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

    March 25, 2015 | 2:33 pm

    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

    March 25, 2015 | 1:11 pm

    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...

  • 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...

  • Chaos and Charoset: A story of Pesach

    March 25, 2015 | 12:47 pm

    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

    March 25, 2015 | 11:38 am

    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

    March 25, 2015 | 11:00 am

    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

    March 25, 2015 | 10:26 am

    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

    March 24, 2015 | 12:15 pm

    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

    March 24, 2015 | 10:39 am

    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

    March 23, 2015 | 12:05 pm

    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

    March 23, 2015 | 12:01 pm

    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

    March 23, 2015 | 11:58 am

    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

    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...

  • How to make a fresh herb wreath for Passover

    By Jonathan Fong

    March 11, 2015 | 3:30 pm

    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...

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