Band-Aid For Israel

02/19/2004 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The weeks following Purim are some of most tense for me. It’s not the third-quarter homework that has suddenly piled up or the post-holiday letdown or the sugar crash or the fact that I suddenly realize I’ve run out of Smarties, but the dread of the impending doom of the event lying before me: Pesach.

From Plates To Plagues

Staff Writer
03/16/2010 - 20:00

 From the asking of the Four Questions to the search for the afikoman, Passover is undoubtedly a holiday geared toward children. So this Passover, choose a gift for the host that will delight the children at the table. Attending an adult-only seder? These children-friendly gifts will bring out the curious kid in all of us. 



Enchanted Evening

Special To The Jewish Week
03/16/2010 - 20:00

 On a night that is different from all others, I’ve been known to hop like a frog, pitch a tent in the living room, and whack relatives in the rear with a bunch of leeks.

True, these ploys don’t completely aid in re-experiencing the Exodus at our seders, or understanding the lives of slaves (though we do, of course, also journey through the Haggadah). 

A collection of plush and plastic frogs helps bring the Ten Plagues alive. Elicia Brown

Kosher Wine Bouncing Back

Special To The Jewish Week
03/16/2010 - 20:00

 Raise a glass (part way up, anyway) to 2010. 

Covenant Wines has released its first white wine, Covenant Chardonnay Lavan, this year.

Freedom From Fat

Editorial Intern
03/16/2010 - 20:00

 Two cups of oil. Thirty-two eggs.

This is the beginning of my mother’s matzah ball recipe — and while it serves for the entire week, we still eat two at every holiday meal.

Against The Grain

Special to the Jewish Week
03/16/2010 - 20:00

 If you live with a vegetarian on Passover and you also happen to be allergic to nuts, the week’s meals quickly become oppressively similar. And so, when I learned that several respected kosher authorities have declared quinoa to be not only the ancient “wonder grain” of the Andes, but also fit for consumption on the holiday of Passover, I thought it time to celebrate.

Quinoa: 'wonder grain' of the Andes?

The Macaron: Dessert Liberation

Associate Editor
03/16/2010 - 20:00

 Finally, a trendy dessert that is kosher for Passover.

Parisian macarons, delicate and chewy cookies made from egg whites, nut flour or coconut, and sugar, are being touted as the heirs to the “Sex And The City”-fueled cupcake craze.

Touted as heirs to "Sex and the City" - fueled cupcake craze

Is Facebook Chametz?

Crossposted to Blog.RabbiJason

Is Facebook kosher? If so, is it kosher for Passover? I'm not posing the question of whether it is acceptable to log on to Facebook on the first and last days of Passover, when observant Jews refrain from using computers or the Web.  Rather, is Facebook activity allowed at all during the Jewish Spring festival?

 Rabbi Shir Yaakov Feinstein-Feit

Hunters, Highways & Bears in Catskills Forest

With the warmer weather, and the coming of Passover, thoughts turn to the Catskills, where dozens of hotels were once open for the holiday, and the beginning of “the season.”

How many bears do you think there are, walking around in the Catskills woods?

An 18-minute Pesach Preparation

03/10/2010 - 19:00


In the Torah, shmura matzah — watched or guarded matzah — is one of the primary mitzvot of Passover. “You shall guard the matzot” (Ex. 12:17) is the commandment that guides the production of unleavened bread, protected from harvesting to baking, to ensure that the combination of water and flour do not remain together beyond 18 minutes, when forbidden chametz forms.

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