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Is It Really Kosher?

Staff Writer

 Is quinoa acceptable for Passover dining? Not everyone agrees.

The Orthodox Union doesn’t give it a green light but suggests that “individuals ask their own rabbi for guidance on home use.”

Against The Grain

Special to the Jewish Week

 If you live with a vegetarian on Passover and you also happen to be allergic to nuts, the week’s meals quickly become oppressively similar. And so, when I learned that several respected kosher authorities have declared quinoa to be not only the ancient “wonder grain” of the Andes, but also fit for consumption on the holiday of Passover, I thought it time to celebrate.

Quinoa: 'wonder grain' of the Andes?

The Macaron: Dessert Liberation

Associate Editor

 Finally, a trendy dessert that is kosher for Passover.

Parisian macarons, delicate and chewy cookies made from egg whites, nut flour or coconut, and sugar, are being touted as the heirs to the “Sex And The City”-fueled cupcake craze.

Touted as heirs to "Sex and the City" - fueled cupcake craze

Endless Highway

Managing Editor

“Away, I’m bound away,  ‘Cross the wide Missouri.” — “Shenandoah,” American folk song

'A Web of Affection'

Managing Editor

E.B. White, the lyrical New Yorker writer and children’s book author, knew a thing or two about heroes, especially the unsung kind. He knew the power of the small, yet profound, human gesture, the tender mercies extended from one person to another in need. And he suggested that in the realm of human relations, only one metaphor really mattered: the web. Our differences aside, we are all tethered to one another, as if to a web, tied by invisible — even mystical — strands. Heroes understand this more clearly than the rest of us.

On South Beach Florida's Jewish Past Is Present

Managing Editor

The elderly Jews are gone now, the ones who carried their  Yiddish cadences and stories of the rag trade and the Old Country with them down to the tip of Miami Beach. Throughout the ’50s and ’60s and ’70s and even into the ‘80s, they sat in rickety, rainbow-striped folding chairs on the warm sand, sweet Atlantic breezes tousling their white hair. Or they sat on the front porches of the many small Art Deco-style hotels and apartment buildings they called home in their autumn years, whiling away the hours in their Southern shtetl.

Downtown: A Tale Of Redemption

Managing Editor

In a high-lonesome twang right out of the piney woods of the Ozarks, rock and roll Americanist Levon Helm sings of “a sorrow in the wind / blowin’ down the road I’ve been / I can hear it cry while shadows steal the sun.” Helm was the soulful, Arkansas-raised drummer in the pioneering ‘60s roots rock group The Band, and the song is an old gospel tune “Wide River to Cross” on his new CD, “Dirt Farmer.” It’s a prayer, really, a poignant hymn to loss but also a declaration that life rambles on, that “I’m only halfway home,

Kosher Wine Guide 2010

Looking for great wines for the Passover seder? The best kosher wines sorted by price? The best from Israel? You'll find all that and more in the Jewish Week's inaugural list of top kosher wines.


The Jewish Week's first Kosher Wine Guide  features articles about an up-and-coming Israeli winemaker, a four-hour scramble to taste 170 wines, and tips on what wines to serve during the Passover seder.

Kosher Wine

Top 18 between $19-$50


1. Chateau de Parsac Grand
   vin de Bordeaux – montage saint emilion $21.95* 2007
2. Chateau Rollan de By – Cru Bourgeois Medoc 45.99 2003
3. Dalton Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 31.95 2006
4. Ella Valley Vineyards Merlot  24.95 2005
5. Four Gates Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains 35.00 2006
6. Four Gates “M.S.C”
   Merlot Santa Cruz Mountains 40.00 2005
7. Four Gates Syrah Santa Clara Valley  40.00 2004
8. Galil Mountain Yiron  21.95 2006

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