Holidays

A Passover miracle

A Passover miracle

By Lian Caspi, Special to the Jewish Sound “SAVE ME, OH LORD” are the words that are boldly painted on the back of the bouncing van in front of us. That’s not far from what I’m thinking. Dearest God, it’s not enough that you brought the Jews out of Egypt for Passover. Please bring Lian(…)

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

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

By Penny Schwartz, JTA World News Service BOSTON (JTA) — 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 through persecution(…)

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Quinoa leaps onto your seder table with three savory dishes

Quinoa leaps onto your seder table with three savory dishes

By Mollie Katzen, JNS.org Vegetarians, and especially vegans, need some high-protein plant food with a bit of heft to keep them going during Passover, especially if observing the Ashkanazic tradition that forbids eating kitniyot — a category that includes legumes, most grains, and some seeds. Meat eaters also might want to break the monotony of potatoes(…)

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Your seder in an hour: Two haggadot go head to head

Your seder in an hour: Two haggadot go head to head

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, The Jewish Sound When “The Sixty Minute Seder” came across my desk a few weeks back, I didn’t give it much thought. When, not much later, a bigger, prettier “The 60 Minute Seder” landed in roughly the same spot, I thought maybe the publishers had, curiously, printed a larger version. Once(…)

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What to do with all those leftover eggs

What to do with all those leftover eggs

Eileen Goltz Special to JTNews I had the most interesting conversation with my neighbor’s 4-year-old granddaughter. She explained to me that during the seder at her grandfather’s house you find the afikomen, and then you eat chocolate because — according to the book Grandpa got her that’s all about a crazy seder in outer space(…)

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Why is it relevant to me?

By Rabbi Elie Estrin, Chabad at the University of Washington A schoolchild approaches his father, who is deeply engrossed in his newspaper. The kid asks, “Dad, what’s the difference between ‘ignorance’ and ‘apathy?’” Responds the visibly annoyed father: “I don’t know and I don’t care!” That joke might be old hat, but it’s one worthwhile(…)

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Why is my God different from your God?

Why is my God different from your God?

By Amy Hirshberg Lederman, Special to The Jewish Sound Ever since I can remember, I have been in a relationship with God. Despite growing up in a family of agnostics, I always believed in, and even felt, the presence of God in my world. My idea of God as a child was that of a(…)

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Celebrating Passover — outdoors and in

Celebrating Passover — outdoors and in

p5rn7vb By Rita Berman Frischer, Special to the Jewish Sound Seder in the Desert (Lerner Publishing) shares a new vision of holiday celebration written by Rabbi Jamie S. Korngold, founder and spiritual leader of The Adventure Rabbi: Synagogue Without Walls. Korngold lives in Boulder, Colo., with her husband, noted photographer Jeff Finkelstein, whose stunning cover(…)

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Frogs were everywhere. But where was Shirley?

Frogs were everywhere. But where was Shirley?

Ann D. Koffsky Special to JTNews One morning King Pharaoh woke in his bed / There were frogs in his bed and frogs on his head / Frogs on his nose and frogs on his toes / Frogs here, frogs there, frogs were jumping everywhere! If you’ve been to any seder with children in attendance(…)

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When escaping Egypt, think Spain

When escaping Egypt, think Spain

A Spanish tortilla is nothing like a Mexican tortilla. In Spain, a tortilla is a thick potato and egg omelet. Tortilla is perfect for Passover because it is parve, and can be made well ahead and served cool or quickly rewarmed for an easy lunch or appetizer. The most common tortilla uses sliced potatoes and(…)

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Drink this, not that — wines for Passover

Drink this, not that — wines for Passover

Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound Passover’s coming. What will you be drinking? If only this were the most pressing question as we move into the weeklong love-hate holiday of matzoh (with butter? Tuna? Cream cheese? In the form of soggy pizza?), family table drama that rivals only Thanksgiving, frenzied cleaning that rivals(…)

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Seder habits of highly effective people

Seder habits of highly effective people

Rivy Poupko Kletenik, Jewish Sound Columnist Dear Rivy, There’s no getting away from it. Pesach is up next. I’ve been known to embrace the “Pesach denial attitude” in past years — closing my eyes as I pass the Passover aisle in the supermarket, delicately stepping away from the over-the-top, gung-ho Passover preparers’ braggadocio around how(…)

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