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.
04/17/2011 - 20:00
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.
04/17/2011 - 20:00
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

04/17/2011 - 20:00

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?

04/14/2011 - 20:00
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.
04/13/2011 - 20:00
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

Passover Reflections and the Four Cups of Wine

04/13/2011 - 20:00

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

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