Passover is a time of stories.
In the Haggadah we tell the story of the Jewish people, and at the seder table the people often tell their own stories.
More than any other time in the Jewish cycle of holidays, Passover spurs stories — of preparing for yom tov, of memories at the seder, of lessons learned at school.
At West Side Judaica, seder plates are the hot item these days. A little south, at Manhattan Judaica, a new Haggadah by the late philosophical leader of the Modern Orthodox movement is a best-seller. Further south, at J. Levine Books & Judaica, novelty items like a Pharaoh punching bag and a where-did-the-wine-go? Elijah’s Cup are popular.
In this national time of recession, in the Jewish period before Passover, business is off for many merchants – but it’s not as off as expected for businesses selling goods for Pesach.
In Mick Fine’s classroom, the sixth-graders are creating cartoons and board games and posters for their family’s upcoming seders. In the classroom of Nicole Levy and Vanessa Miller, the kindergarteners are putting the finishing touches on artworks that will be bound together into mini-Haggadot to be shared with their families next week. Throughout the classrooms of the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan, the K-8 students are learning about the traditions of Passover in other non-traditional, hands-on ways.
Tying the knot at 50: The romance, the run-up to the wedding and the post-wedding reality. For my 16th birthday, my father gave me a yellow toolbox filled with screwdrivers and wrenches. For my 18th birthday, he gave me an electric drill. For my 21st birthday, he gave me a book, "You Don’t Need a Man to Fix It!" Is it any wonder I didn't the end of the wedding ceremony it is customary for the groom to break a glass. Some say it represents a dose of reality being introduced into the marriage bond. Like many never-been-married 50-year-old women, I was self-sufficient.
Almost every movie about a wedding has the scene where the bride is about to walk down the aisle, and the camera pans to the groom’s face, which tells all: about the groom, the marriage, the movie. From "Late Marriage" to "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," from "Bride Wars" to "The Syrian Bride," new wedding films from Israeli and American directors are released almost every season. These romantic comedies, dramas and ethnic tales untie the knot and tie it again.
1. Don’t blow your wedding money on a cruise or any other short-term purchase; invest it so that one day you’ll be able to use it to put a down payment on a home. If you plan to buy in the next year, keep it liquid by stashing it in a CD or a high-yield online savings account. If buying a house is three to five years away, consider investing in no-load index funds through a company such as Vanguard or Fidelity.
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If they’d met a generation ago, Shayna Peavey, a cantor, and Melissa De Lowe, a first-grade Judaic studies teacher, might very well have fallen in love. They might have waltzed across Israel together, setting off for little-known destinations in their leisure time — as they did when they first met as Hebrew Union College students abroad in Jerusalem. They might have regrouped in New York City, where Peavey, now 30, finished her cantorial studies, and De Lowe, 27, moved after dating Peavey for three months in Israel.
When planning her wedding, the Jewish commitment to the concept of ba’al tashchit, of not wasting unnecessarily, was paramount to Miriam Brosseau. Brosseau is a songwriter for Stereo Sinai, a socially responsible and environmentally conscious band whose "Biblegum Pop" fuses traditional gospel music with Hebrew verses from the book of Judges.
She and fellow band member Alan Sufrin were married on Tu b’Shvat, the New Year for the trees. "We liked the idea of getting married on a day associated with growth and renewal," she says.
One of these days, probably in the dark of winter’s early evening, Rabbi Regina Sandler-Phillips, a “fast approaching 50” native of Manhattan, with a large knit kipa atop her closely cut gray hair, will walk up the front stairs of a Jewish funeral home on the edge of Borough Park.