Yemenites here marking first Passover in America, but the adjustment isn't easy.
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This is the first Passover when Temia and her daughters won't be grinding wheat by hand and baking matzah in special wood-burning ovens, as they did in Yemen. Instead, they'll be tasting their first matzahs sold in a box, celebrating the holiday in their new homes in upstate Rockland County.
Lauren put on her makeup the other day. She dressed appropriately for her meeting, left her apartment, and showed up on time at an office near Greenwich Village.
It sounds like an ordinary day.
But for Lauren, a 39-year-old artist who lost most of her business on 9-11 and was displaced for several months from her home near the World Trade Center, it was extraordinary.
When Danielle Zeiler began seriously dating her husband-to-be, Scott Greenwood, she made it clear that if they married, their children would be raised Jews.
"He said fine, but then when we became engaged, he said he wanted his religion represented in the marriage also," recalled the 26-year-old. "I said we had a problem."
Another problem surfaced over the question of who would officiate at the marriage.