Telling The Story Of Freedom

03/30/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The Passover table is a place of joy. It takes a lot of work to get there. And when the table is set with ritual food and tableware, it seems like an excellent platform for a great story and conversation to unfold. We’re all ready. We’re equipped with texts that share the majesty and miracles of our ancient days. We powered our way to freedom as an underdog against a large and tyrannical force that sought to destroy us. We know the plot lines all too well. It’s not hard to say, “In every generation a person is obligated to tell the story of the exodus from Egypt…” It seems that sadly and happily, it is always a relevant theme, either for our people or for someone else under the hand of oppression, on the brink of liberation.

Erica Brown

Matzah Ball Soup Success In 10 Tips

Secret ingredients for the dumplings: baking powder and whipped egg whites. Shhhh …

03/29/2015 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

It isn’t Passover without matzah ball soup (and Bubbe nagging you why you aren’t married yet, and your little cousin sneaking too much Manischewitz). But mostly, it’s about the soup. You can argue how to spell it (matzah, matzoh, matzo, matza), but everyone agrees Jewish penicillin has a special place on the Seder table.

Amy Kritzer/JW

The Four Children, Without Judgement, In The New Gateways Haggadah

Rachel was, by turns, enthusiastic, grumpy, silly, listless, sunny and full of pre-teen attitude. As the result of her childhood stroke, she used a bright pink wheelchair to get around, and she communicated through hand gestures, vocalizations, facial expressions and a communication device called a Dynavox (also pink). Rachel’s love of Judaism was unmistakable, but her parents told us they had always hated the Four Children in the Hagaddah.

If Elijah Arrived In A Wheelchair, Could You Welcome Him To Your Seder?

If Elijah had a disability would he be welcomed at your Seder? During Passover we traditionally have a cup of wine at our Seder table for Elijah and we open the door to let him in. Could he get into your home or the place in which you celebrate the Passover holiday? If Elijah used a wheelchair or had other ambulation challenges could he get in?  Would you invite him in if he looked different or sounded unusual when he spoke? Could he participate in the rituals of Passover if he could not read the Haggadah? (For people who do not read or read well there is now an adapted Haggadah.)

Seder2015 Brings Passover Into The Digital Age

03/25/2015 - 20:00

An appreciation for classics and architecture does not necessarily foster interest in the Passover seder.

Participants at one of Michael Hebb’s “test” seders use the resources from (Scott Macklin)

Ben & Jerry’s Charoset And 10 More Passover Ice Cream Ideas

03/24/2015 - 20:00

A few weeks after Ben & Jerry’s founders indicated that marijuana-infused ice cream may one day join its product line, the company’s kosher-for-Passover charoset flavor has been generating buzz.

Imagine if this Ben & Jerry’s truck were filled with 10 flavors of kosher-for-Passover ice creams. Wikimedia Commons

A Seder In ‘Paradise’

03/23/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, I first came to Bonaire, a Dutch Caribbean island near Curacao, more than 30 years ago. I was treating myself to a vacation where no one knew me and I was far away from the stressful life in the “big city.”

Let My Pantry Go

Paula Shoyer’s ‘New Passover Menu’ strives for liberation from perceived culinary slavery.

03/23/2015 - 20:00

For those who feel that Passover cooking can be as restrictive as their ancestors’ enslavement in Egypt, pastry chef and author Paula Shoyer says her new book “has arrived to set you free.”

Paula Shoyer

The Remix: Borscht

Not your Bubbe’s borscht, yo.

03/23/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

This is the next installment in our series The Remix, in which we seek to gently rework the more challenging dishes in the Jewish culinary canon. With a little bit of love, we’re convinced we can make any dish delicious, even ones that seem a bit bizarre to the modern palate.

8 Easy Tips To Help Your Child Know What To Expect During Passover

Passover is coming in just a few weeks! With changes to routines and food, children with special needs may need some extra support for these changes and be able to enjoy the holiday. Here are some easy tip to help your child get ready.

1. Use a calendar to count down the days until Passover.

2. Show your child pictures of friends and family that will be at your Seder. Discuss your relationship with each person. Suggest a possible topic your child can use to start a conversation with each person. 

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