Passover

Seder Shopping On the Upper East Side

04/05/2011
Staff Writer

It’s easy to predict which seder items — from tables full of toys, crafts and books — will attract children.

“Kids love the frogs best,” says Marga Hirsch, coordinator of the annual Haggadah Fair at Park Avenue Synagogue that runs until the Friday before Passover. “Little kids love the inflatable frogs.”

Students browse Passover books at Park Avenue Synagogue

Why Is This Restaurant Different?

Few kosher eateries jump through the necessary hoops to open for Passover,
but those who do are rewarded with good PR and new customers.

04/05/2011
Editorial Assistant

What’s a hamburger without its bun? Well it’s what’s on the menu at kosher restaurants across New York City, as they scrub down their kitchens and revamp their menus for the Passover holiday.

While most kosher eateries shut their doors for the week, a handful of restaurants will brave the trials and tribulations of opening for Passover.

“I find it one of the easiest holidays to cook for,” said Jeff Nathan, owner and chef at Abigael’s restaurant in Midtown, which will be open for Passover this year.

Chef Jeff Nathan finds Passover “one of the easiest holidays to cook for” at his Midtown restaurant, Abigael’s.

Passover 5771

A Jewish Week Special Section - The Taste of Freedom: Passover 5771

04/05/2011

Passover 5771: Retelling the Story, Haggadah publishing trends, tweeting the seder, keeping the second seder fresh.

 

Passover 5771

To Every Food There Is A Season

Jewish eating connects us, literally, to our roots in the land.

04/05/2011

It was on a trip to the Sinai many years ago around the time of Shavuot that my eyes were opened to the fascinating cycles of the year. Kids and lambs were everywhere, nursing from their mothers. Bedouins were busy making cheese from the leftover milk, which they later dried and salted to save for the long winter when little milk would be available. Little tufts of green herbs — what we would call weeds — peeked out through the earth, to be consumed by the animals and people in the area. In the desert where so little grows, life is so deeply appreciated when it finally appears.

Israel, c. 1955. Courtesy of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee .

Text Context April 2011

How do we measure the moments, the hours, the days, months, seasons and years of our lives? In this issue on the calendar -- which heralds the beginning of spring and the arrival of Pesach -- we explore how cycles of Jewish time are marked and experienced

04/05/2011
Text Context April 2011

25 Questions that Can Dramatically Improve Your Relationships (Even in Time for the Seder)

The Four Questions? Feh!

04/01/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Hanukkah makes me happy. Purim drives me to drink (but in the best way possible.) Simchat Torah makes me want to dance in the streets. Pesach? Well, Pesach makes me feel… enslaved. Bitter. Unleavened.

What makes this holiday different from all others - and so dreaded?

Deborah Grayson Riegel

Is it Cruel to Force Dogs to Keep Passover?

03/31/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Q - I've heard that pets are supposed to keep Passover. I'm fairly traditional regarding Passover and just got a dog. Isn't it cruel to force an innocent animal to change its entire diet for a whole week? It's hard enough for humans!

A- As the proud owner of two adorable standard poodles, one of whom is extremely neurotic, I can sympathize with you.

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Jewish Leaders Fast Against Budget Cuts

03/28/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Leaders of two Jewish groups are joining an organized fast to protest proposed congressional budget cuts to poverty programs in the United States and abroad.

The fast, initiated by HungerFast, a group led by anti-hunger activist Tony Hall, takes aim at proposed substantive cuts now under consideration in Congress that would target overseas food aid and domestic programs that provide food stamps, subsidized meals for preschoolers and their mothers, and subsidized heating for the poor.

Good To The Last Dayenu

Iconic Maxwell House Haggadah gets a modern makeover.

03/22/2011
Staff Writer

In 5771, the “King” was overthrown.

As part of a revolution in both linguistics and religious practice, the Maxwell House Haggadah, a staple of countless Jewish homes on Passover for 80 years, has been given a modern makeover. The new version, which was distributed in stores nationwide last week, drops the familiar phrase “King of the universe” in blessings, in favor of the gender-neutral “Monarch.”

New cover, new contents: Revised Maxwell House Haggadah is available for seders next month.

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