Passover

Passover Videos and Apps

Passover is just about here and this year has seen more holiday themed videos and apps than ever before.

Even iPhone apps have entered the Passover preparation business

As Need Grows, Passover Packages On The Rise

Requests for free seder food spike throughout the city; elderly, working poor, sandwich generation hit hard.

04/18/2011
Staff Writer

For thousands of New Yorkers this week, there was no freedom from want at Passover.

At seders from Marine Park, Brooklyn, to Cedarhurst in the Five Towns, more of the ritual food that lined the dining room and kitchen tables was in the form of handouts than at any time in recent memory, say social service providers. And the food is coming from a growing number of Jewish communal agencies trying to cope with increased need levels as the recession drags on.

The 11th Plague, it turns out, is a sputtering economy.

Project Eliezer’s Gideon Bari and Ellen Warshall of the Greater Five Towns Kosher Food Pantry.

IDF Closes West Bank for Passover

04/18/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Israel Defense Forces have imposed a general closure on Palestinians in the West Bank during Passover.

The closure went into effect Sunday night at one minute to midnight and will remain in place until late on April 26, following the close of the holiday, according to the Israeli military.

Mix-And-Match Holidays

Despite all the buzz about Chrismukkah a few Decembers ago, no one has yet, as far as I know, proposed Eastover or Passter (or would that be Eastach or Pester?). Since I’m no fan of mixing religious holidays, I think that’s a good thing.

But for those who do like to mix and match, a kosher gift basket company, The Challah Connection, is actually selling “Passover and Easter Traditions in a Box." The company also sells products for Muslims under the name The Halal Connection (I swear I’m not joking!)

Breaking Passover: Worse Than Illicit Sex?

04/15/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

 

Q: A friend told me that in Jewish law, breaking Passover is considered as wrong as illicit sex. Can that possibly be true?

A: If you're insinuating that eating a bagel on Passover is akin to forcibly raping someone, exactly what planet do you live on?

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Two Passover Cookies That Will Delight

You’ll forget you can’t have flour with these delicious desserts.

04/14/2011
Editorial Assistant

Last week I shared some classic Nosh Pit recipes that are easily updatable for Passover. Chicken, salads, roasted vegetables – there are still so many things that are easy to prepare.

Passover cookies; photo by Amy Spiro

Rites Of Spring

Ah, the telltale signs marking the arrival of Passover and Easter.

The matzah and other kosher-for-Passover foods (if matzah counts as food) piled high in the supermarket. The drugstore aisles devoted to pastel-colored candy, egg-dying equipment, stuffed bunnies, baskets and synthetic grass.

And the annual Passover-Easter survey from InterfaithFamily.com.

Passover Reflections and the Four Cups of Wine

04/14/2011
JInsider

How can we better understand the lessons of Passover in the context of our experience as Jews in the 21st century? To do this, Rabbi Irwin Kula uses the four cups of wine to offer insights into the Exodus story and help us grasp our identity and obligations in this modern age. Your Passover seder may never be the same after reading this inspiring and thoughtful commentary.

Cup One: The Slaves

Preparing for Passover: Keeping Perspective Amidst the Madness

04/14/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

It is often said that if it were possible to remember pain, no family would have more than one child. And yet, year in and year out, we Jews engage in this annual ritual of completely subverting the normal order of our kitchens, and often our furniture, and willingly subject ourselves to the very arduous task of preparing for Passover.

By the way, it is also often said that if the ancient rabbis ever set foot in their kitchens, such that they were, the laws of Passover would look quite different. But we won't go there…

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

A Different (Second) Night

How do you make the second seder distinctive? Readers offer a variety of suggestions.

Staff Writer
04/13/2011

You sit down at the seder table, start the holiday meal with Kiddush, then déjà vu hits you: didn’t we do this last night?

For many people, the second seder — Yom Tov Sheni Shel Galiuot, which takes place only in the diaspora — is a challenge. Going through the same readings and rituals seems repetitive. Those who already asked “why is this night different from all other nights?” strain to make the second seder different from the first.

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