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  • One man’s mission to end modern slavery

    By Jared Sichel

    April 9, 2014 | 12:39 pm

    Aaron Cohen resists the label “slave hunter.” It smacks of Civil War-era racism, the name used for people who tracked down runaway slaves and returned them to their owners. They were the bad guys in a very dark time, as Cohen wrote in his 2009 memoir, “Slave Hunter: One Man’s...

  • Uncomfortable seder table talk

    April 9, 2014 | 12:22 pm

    We had just closed our haggadahs to begin the dinner portion of the Passover seder when the conversation abruptly, yet not surprisingly, turned to my singlehood.

    There is a curiosity to some about a single, childless woman in her early 40s, and a guest at the table, a married...

  • A survivor’s Passover tale

    April 9, 2014 | 12:06 pm

    I learned about Passover from my parents, from my teachers, but most of all from my uncle, Henry Kolber. The Nazis took Uncle Henry from his village in Poland at the very beginning of the war. For more than five years, he survived Nazi captivity. He was young. He was strong. He was...

  • 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...

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  • Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis: What do we owe the stranger?

    By Susan Freudenheim

    April 9, 2014 | 11:42 am

    Thirty-six times the Torah talks about caring for the stranger,” Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis said. 

    “That is so unusual. It doesn’t talk about the love of God 36 times!” 

    A student of two of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century — Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan and Martin Buber —...

  • Let my people go ... to Hancock Park

    April 9, 2014 | 11:34 am

    With an entire kosher section stocked with Passover foods in the Ralphs market on La Brea Avenue and Third Street, one might think that Hancock Park always has been a very Jewish neighborhood.

    The presence in the area of Yavneh Hebrew Academy, Congregation Etz Chaim, plus minyans...

  • What makes this book different from (most) other books?

    April 9, 2014 | 11:23 am

    Maybe it is appropriate that books created by the People of the Book are just as complex and varied as the people themselves. Our Torah contains multiple versions of the same stories. In the Talmud, interactive commentaries spiral out from original texts. Our prayer books feature...

  • Birthright initiative keeps seders on next gen’s tables

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    April 9, 2014 | 11:17 am

    This Passover, hundreds of young Birthright alumni will be hosting seders — many for the first time — thanks to an initiative from NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation.

    Adam Pollack, senior director of NEXT’s Western region, said the Passover project encourages young...

  • In music, tracing the 600-year odyssey of the Sarajevo Haggadah

    April 8, 2014 | 2:00 pm

    Growing up in Bosnia, Merima Kljuco was familiar with the Sarajevo Haggadah.

    The medieval, illuminated manuscript was considered a treasure of the Bosnian National Museum for more than a century. Its 600-year journey from Spain through Italy and then Sarajevo, and its survival...

  • My Charoset Live on KTLA: Video + Recipe

    By Elana Horwich

    April 8, 2014 | 9:00 am

    Watch me make "the best charoset in the world." Yes, that's what I said live on television with the KTLA 5 Morning News. What chutzpah!

    Watch me Live on KTLA here!

     

    Charoset (pronounced cHa-roset, with an almost silent “c” like cHa-nnuka) is the delicious chopped fruit,...

  • From Alsatian town, France’s oldest matzah-maker sells to the world

    April 8, 2014 | 8:46 am

    For most Jews, matzah season comes once a year. But for Jean-Claude Neymann, matzah, or “pain azyme” in French, is a defining family tradition.

    Neymann runs the oldest matzah bakery in France, located in the town of Wasselonne near the German border. The family company,...

  • Everyone has Special Needs at Passover

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 7, 2014 | 8:04 pm

    The Passover seder can be an anxiety-producing holiday for many parents of children and teens with special needs. Often there are family or friends present you haven’t seen for while, and they may not understand the accommodations your child needs to feel comfortable and fully...

  • Bechol Dor Va’Dor: How You Can Make a Difference this Passover

    By Maya Paley

    April 7, 2014 | 3:52 pm

    In every generation one is obligated to view oneself as though one personally came out of Egypt.” –Haggadah

    Bechol dor va dor chayav adam lir’ot et atzmo ke’ilu hu yatza mi’mitzraim.

    I sing that song every year during the Passover Seder. It has always had an effect on me,...

  • A reminder: Don’t pass over the post-seder meals

    April 7, 2014 | 2:47 pm

    Planning Passover meals is always a wonderful challenge. For the seders, most of us focus on traditional family recipes because they are tried and proven, and because everyone likes them (and often asks for these favorites dishes).

    But what about the remaining six days of meals?...

  • Western Wall cleaned for Passover

    April 7, 2014 | 10:22 am

    The Western Wall was cleared of notes in advance of Passover.

    Workers used sticks Sunday to remove the hundreds of thousands of prayers and requests written on slips of paper that worshippers stuff into the cracks between the wall’s stones.

    The papers will be buried out of respect for their contents.

    The Western Wall also is cleared of the notes prior to Rosh Hashanah.

  • The ironic ma nishtana

    By Marty Kaplan

    April 7, 2014 | 10:05 am

    There are two ma nishtanas – one adorable, and one ironic. 

    They both mean the same thing in Hebrew: “What is different?”  “What has changed?”

    The adorable one gets its charm from being sung by the youngest child at the Passover seder.  Ma nishtana starts the sentence setting...

  • Bibi’s matzo trashed?

    April 3, 2014 | 3:44 pm

    Was Benjamin Netanyahu’s handcrafted shmura matzah thrown out after he so publicly rolled it, patted it and put it in the oven this week?

    That’s what several Israeli media outlets are claiming, with some speculating that the Kfar Chabad matzah bakery that hosted the prime...

  • Holiday tales will tantalize tots and parents

    April 2, 2014 | 3:24 pm

    The best of this season’s new Passover books include an old European folktale reimagined, an enthusiastic nod to experiential Judaism with the “Adventure Rabbi,” a beautifully illustrated retelling of the story of Moses, and a cute affirmation of what it means to be the youngest in...

  • Community Seder round-up

    By Melissa Weller

    April 2, 2014 | 3:19 pm

    Discover the eternal meaning of the haggadah and enjoy a seder complete with hand-baked matzah, wine/grape juice and your favorite traditional meal at Chabad of Simi Valley. RSVP by April 9. Suggested donation ($30 adult, $18 child). April 14. 7:30 p.m. 4464 Alamo St., Simi Valley....

  • Make your Seder pop

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    April 2, 2014 | 3:08 pm

    Every year, millions of men, women and children gather at the seder table and read from the haggadah in what seem to be a million different ways.

    Some use the familiar Maxwell House version; others find the Four Questions in “The Family Haggadah.” Recent years have offered...

  • Evan Kleiman revisits her Passover traditions

    April 2, 2014 | 2:57 pm

    In an environment that’s all too familiar with short-lived businesses and perpetual change, the sound of a collective, disappointed sigh spread through Los Angeles in January 2012 when restaurateur and chef Evan Kleiman announced she was closing Angeli Caffe after more than 27...

  • Infusing roasted meats with Mediterranean flair

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 2, 2014 | 2:29 pm

    On a recent Monday afternoon, chef Todd Aarons was mixing ground rib-eye beef that he had aged as much as 28 days in his custom aging box at 26 Restaurant, Aarons’ high-end kosher meat restaurant in Pico-Robertson. Pastrami was in the smoker, and a pastry chef was lighting the...

  • Cooking with wine for Passover

    By Judy Zeidler

    April 2, 2014 | 2:19 pm

    Wine is an important part of the observance of Passover — at least four cups are poured during the seder service. I’m sure we all have noticed how our wine tastes have changed since childhood, when only the sweet, syrupy wines were available.

    But these days, our family and...

  • Passover: The season of freedom and chocolate

    By Rabbi Debbie Prinz

    April 2, 2014 | 2:11 pm

    Passover’s causes have always included freedom, peoplehood and monotheism, and Passover’s chocolate layers new concerns onto these age-old themes. 

    In the mid-20th century, Bartons Candy bundled kosher-for-Passover treats such as chocolate matzah, matzah balls, and Almond Kisses...

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

    By Elana Horwich

    March 25, 2014 | 12:45 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...

  • On Emil Jacoby’s 90th birthday, a tribute to a life well lived

    November 26, 2013 | 3:50 pm

    In late March 1945, a young Czech Jew hiding in Budapest organized a Passover service for escapees from the Nazis and for those working in the rescue efforts. Most of the people who gathered that day had worked and lived together in hiding. When a stranger appeared, the young Czech...

  • Iraqi-American Jews oppose planned return of Jewish artifacts

    By Jared Sichel

    November 13, 2013 | 4:09 pm

    The last remnants of Iraq’s once-vibrant, 2,500-year-old Jewish community left that country long ago. (Only five Jews remain, according to a recent New York Times op-ed.) But some Iraqi Jewish manuscripts, community records and holy books may soon be sent back from the United...

  • Sharing the love, handling the holidays

    September 3, 2013 | 10:27 am

    Every day in my office, I see parents, embittered by divorce and so grateful to finally be physically and legally apart from a partner they once loved and now hate, struggling to co-parent and jointly make decisions about their children.

    Every day, adults who once loved each...

  • People of the Vine: Rob Eshman talks Jews, wine and history with Jeff Morgan

    By Rob Eshman

    August 28, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    Jeff Morgan is winemaker and co-owner of Covenant Wines, based in Napa Valley, where he makes kosher wine under the Covenant, RED C and Landsman labels.


    Rob Eshman: To start, let’s put aside, for a moment, the distinction between kosher and non-kosher wine and pose a more...

  • Best place to avoid a zombie apocalypse?

    By Ryan E. Smith

    July 2, 2013 | 11:36 am

    Max Brooks, son of the comedian behind “Blazing Saddles” and “The Producers,” is convinced that Jews are uniquely positioned to face a zombie apocalypse. And he’s not joking.

    “Gentiles don’t understand how truly dangerous the world is. Jews do. It’s part of our national culture,”...

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