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  • Pesach, Shavuot, and all that’s in Between

    By Revital Belz

    May 7, 2014 | 4:47 am

    The Game

    Counting the Omer is one of those things that has become a game. The longer I stay in the game, the more of a chance I have of winning. If I forget to count a day, I’m out. Me and my siblings have a contest every year of who can ‘stay in the game’ for longer. But we...

  • My First Passover Memory in Iran

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    April 16, 2014 | 9:56 pm

    A gasp.  The door flings open.  A stranger walks in.  The crowded room falls into silence.  Hunchbacked, cane in hand, covered in a white Arabic sheet head to toe, only eyes piercing and an imposing white beard, he carries a young child on his back.  The service stops for a...

  • A Passover’s Promise

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    April 14, 2014 | 8:02 am

    Every morn, a wedding proposal
    Out of shackles of bondage
    A procession on golden sands
    A tamed sun, lashes softened by clouds
    A shimmering night, audienced by flickering stars
    Sweet mana showering our covered heads.

    The cracklings of  matzha beneath my molars
    Resonate as...

  • Passover Favorites [Recipes]

    By Elana Horwich

    April 9, 2014 | 9:00 am

    Look no further. All the recipes you need for Passover.

    The Best Brisket Ever. with potatoes It really is the best brisket ever. Cooked in red wine and tomatoes with rosemary, it tastes like Italy but feels like Shabbat. Start a day in advance. And read the spiel of the recipe…it...

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  • The Seder’s Innermost Secret—Charoset:  Earth & Eros in the Passover Celebration

    By Rabbi Arthur Waskow

    April 8, 2014 | 9:52 am

    There it sits on the Seder plate: charoset, a delicious paste of chopped nuts, chopped fruits, spices, and wine.

    So the question would seem obvious "Why is there charoset on the Seder plate?"

    That's the most secret Question at the Seder – so secret nobody even asks it. And it’s...

  • Chick-Sa Soup and Matzo Balls [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    March 21, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    The Matzo Ball

    Put a little schmaltz in your balls.

    Those unschooled in Yiddish might suspect that I am suggesting you add a little fire to your life, a spring in your step, a little chutzpah to your decisions. Yes, that too. However, schmaltz is the yiddish word for chicken...

  • Rosemary Almond Cake with Olive Oil and Orange Zest [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    March 19, 2013 | 9:00 am

    For years I had a recurring nightmare that I find myself in the Sienese countryside where Chianti grapes display themselves in Bacchanalian rows, inviting an aimless wanderer, me, in to taste a bite of their intoxicating deep purple fruit.

    With a bunch of grapes ripped off the...

  • Holiday of Freedom Spent Behind Bars

    By David Finnigan

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The high concrete walls of the little-used cafeteria at the Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles hardly spoke to Passover’s concept of freedom found and bondage ended. But this is where a dozen inmates gathered for their seder, in a setting that cried out Egypt rather than the...
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