Passover

Praise And Pain On Passover

03/24/2010

A well-known custom at the Passover seder instructs us to take a drop of wine from our cups for each of the plagues. We should not rejoice in the suffering of others, even our enemies.

What Passover Tells Us About Peoplehood

03/24/2010

 For the longest time, Jewish peoplehood was lived rather than discussed. But no longer.

Ever since the Israelites fled Egypt and crossed the Red Sea in miraculous fashion — a seminal act in Jewish history commemorated and celebrated in the upcoming Passover seders — the Jews have been a nation and a people.

Gary Rosenblatt

There’s An App (Or Two) For Pesach

03/24/2010

For Jews who already intend to partake in Passover festivities, there are several iPhone applications released within the past year that can serve as teaching tools, before and during the seder.

Before the holiday begins, families can prepare their houses properly by downloading the simplistically designed but informative black-and-white “apps” called “At Our Rebbes’ Seder Table” and “Pesach Guide,” both free and published respectively by Sichos in English in Crown Heights and JewishContent.org.

Parents can use smartphone apps like iMah Nishtanah to help refresh their kids before the seders.

Let My People ... Tweet

Welcome to the Tweder. Can Twitter and the Passover seder coexist?

03/24/2010
Staff Writer

 Last Passover, Dan Berkal spent the first seder dining with family and friends at the James Hotel in Chicago — chanting the prayers and songs of the Haggadah, sipping the four requisite glasses of wine ... and updating his Twitter status.

“Suddenly four children enter the room,” he tweeted at 4:53 p.m. “Nobody seems to like the wise child,” he added a minute later, followed by the 4:55 p.m. announcement: “We tell the wise son, ‘No dessert for you!’”

Screenshot from last year’s Tweder, featuring a matzah background on Dan Berkal’s Twitter page.

Terrorists Likely Targeting Trains, Not Shuls, Says NYPD

At Passover security briefing, officials say al Qaeda recruits are sent to attack ‘symbols of capitalism,’
and they often act fast; Iran threat also on radar. Officials "tracking this threat very closely."

03/23/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

The Jewish community faces no specific threat as Passover approaches, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told local Jewish leaders on Tuesday.

But New York City faces the continued threat of an al Qaeda-linked terror attack, likely aimed at mass transit, he said at the police department’s annual pre-Passover security briefing.

“We’re tracking this threat very closely,” said the commissioner. “We rely on an alert public to be our eyes and ears.”

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly

Passover For Gentiles

 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:

Service-Learning Project Brings Hillel Students Here

Program includes work in Harlem and the Jewish community, but raises questions for some.

03/23/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Thousands of Jewish students in recent years have spent their winter, spring and summer breaks building homes in New Orleans, working with the rural poor in Guatemala and helping staff human rights groups in Asia and Africa. It’s all part of an upswing in community service opportunities offered by organizations like Hillel, the American Jewish World Service, Jewish federations and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

Hillel students assemble Passover packages in Queens.  TOP PHOTO: Doug Chandler

Looking For A Seder In Baghdad?

"I happen to be in Iraq and am looking for a place to spend Passover," read the e-mail message I received Monday night. That got my attention.

It was from a Jewish woman from Washington, D.C., who said she had arrived in Baghdad two days earlier as a consultant for USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development). She wrote she had come on short notice and had "no time to plan for Passover, aside from bringing a couple of boxes of matzah ball soup mix. No one else who is here is Jewish."

Gluten-Free Kosher

Passover businesses find a new market niche among Celiac-afflicted and other wheat-averse consumers.

03/23/2010
Associate Editor

Before “gluten-free” became a household word, Passover was eagerly awaited by many a non-Jew.
 
It was not uncommon for the Celiac disease-afflicted, along with others adhering to a gluten-free diet, to consult Pesach recipes year-round and, come spring, to flock to kosher supermarkets.
 

 Author Shauna James Ahern: ‘When there weren’t many gluten-free products, people would go straight for the Passover section."

Unlock The Doors Of Cynicism This Pesach

03/23/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

On Monday night Jewish children all over the world will open their Haggadahs and ask “why is this night different from all other nights?” This classic inquiry focuses on how the seder meal differs from all other festive family dinners. But how it does so is not the only question upon which to focus at the seder. 
 

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