Passover

What Were Your Passover Firsts?

02/14/2012

For our upcoming Passover editions, The Jewish Week is seeking memories of our readers' holiday firsts. Do you have a poignant or amusing story of a first seder, the first time you led a seder, the family's first seder after a death in the family, the first time after you converted to Judaism, the first time after you kashered your home, etc.?

Please send your vignettes and anecdotes to Steve Lipman, staff writer, The Jewish Week, 1501 Broadway, Suite 505, New York, NY 10036; the paper's fax number is (212) 921 8420; or send the stories to

Goodbye Broner: In Memory of Esther Broner

I'll admit I did not know who Esther Broner was until she died on Monday.  But I certainly knew what she is most famous for: the feminist haggadah.  Though her professional life was devoted to academia--a professor of literature at Wayne State, Sarah Lawrence College and sometimes the University of Haifa--to say nothing of writing her many novels, Broner will be forever associated with feminist seders. 

All Kinds Of Mothers

A belated Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, Jewish or not, who are raising Jewish kids!

And so as not to seem parochial, I will also add a belated Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, regardless of what religion they are raising their children in, with the exception of monstrous child abusers like this family profiled in today’s New York Times.

A Bittersweet Seder In Poznan

In Poland today, non-Jews rival Jews in interest in tradition.
04/28/2011
Staff Writer

Poznan, Poland — The eyes of Poland’s Jewish history are upon me when I come here for Passover.

Three years ago I led the seders, as a volunteer, in the Lublin yeshiva that that been renovated and returned to the Jewish community, in the eastern part of the country. It was established about 100 years ago by Rabbi Meir Shapiro, the scholar better known as founder of the Daf Yomi Talmud study project. As I moved around the meeting hall where the seders took place, a framed portrait of Rabbi Shapiro hung on the front wall, his eyes, I imagined, watching me.

Hebrew Language students at Adam Mickiewicz University, a number of whom took part in the author's seder. Steve Lipman

Post-Passover Posting

Our Passover (which coincided with the kids’ spring vacation) passed pleasantly — three lovely seders to which I contributed cooking, but didn’t have to host; lots of time with family; various excursions and lots of culinary experimentation with quinoa. No major news developments on the home front.

Flourless Hazelnut Cake with Chocolate Ganache

A light, airy cake with a decadent filling.
04/22/2011
Editorial Assistant

There are a few days left of Passover, and either your fridge is full of leftovers, or you’re thinking desperately about what to eat for the rest of the week. But if you fall in to either of those categories, this cake is for you.

Flourless Hazelnut Cake with Chocolate Ganache. Photo by Amy Spiro

The Jewish Weeks's Grand Wine Tasting at the City Winery 2011 and Burning Chametz

Aaron Herman reports fromThe Jewish Weeks's Grand Wine Tasting at the City Winery and looks at the expanding universe of Passover wines. Also: an interview with Rabbi Ari Israel  about the custom of burning chametz.

 

 

The Splitting Of The Sea, 1943

An aging righteous gentile recalls ferrying Danish Jews to freedom from the Nazis.
04/18/2011
Associate Editor

If God had divided the sea for us, even if we didn’t pass through on dry land, it would have been enough, Dayenu.

Christiansen being honored by former Israeli Consul General Arye Mekel.

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.
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