Julie Wiener's In the Mix
Posted: Fri, 04/02/2010 - 14:59 | Julie Wiener's In the Mix

 Monday night we attended a very informal seder in the neighborhood in which most of the families were intermarried and/or the children of intermarriage. I was impressed with the Haggadah, “The 30-Minute Seder,” which cleverly packs in all the key seder components, including the third and fourth cups and opening the door for Elijah, BEFORE the meal.

Posted: Mon, 03/29/2010 - 14:30 | Julie Wiener's In the Mix

With Passover just a few hours away, I’m feeling a bit guilty for not doing more to prepare. In particular, I have not done (nor will I do) anything even resembling the traditional Passover cleaning, in which the home is purged of all chametz, the forbidden leavened products and grains.

Posted: Thu, 03/25/2010 - 10:29 | Julie Wiener's In the Mix

In Joseph Reyes’ ongoing crusade to turn his ugly divorce battle into a broader cultural war, he and his lawyer are now depicting him as the persecuted dad who (because of his estranged Jewish wife Rebecca Shapiro Reyes) can’t take his daughter to church on Easter, the holiest day on the Christian calendar.

Posted: Tue, 03/23/2010 - 16:11 | Julie Wiener's In the Mix

 With Passover coming, I wanted to point out a few interesting articles about non-Jewish guests at the seder.

This humorous essay on Tablet chronicles one man's attempt to prepare an appropriate seder appetizer. My favorite part:

Posted: Thu, 03/18/2010 - 15:47 | Julie Wiener's In the Mix
My initial reaction last week upon reading the press release/announcement from the Central Conference of American Rabbis’ Task Force on the Challenges of Intermarriage for the Reform Rabbi, was, “It took three years of study of deliberation to come up with THIS?”

Posted: Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:05 | Julie Wiener's In the Mix

 The last Super Bowl I watched was in 1980, when I was in third grade. I know the Steelers won, but that’s about all I can tell you.