Enslavement, Redemption, and the Arab World: A Passover Unlike All Others

04/06/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Each and every year, at precisely this time of year, I find myself struggling with the question of who owns Jewish history.

It sounds like an odd question, I know. In a sense, it is. But what I mean is that there are some chapters of our history that are so imprinted on the broader consciousness of western civilization that it often feels as if we have handed over our historical experience to the rest of the world, to use as it pleases.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

MJE Honors Michael Wildes

04/05/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

It was a family affair on March 29 as Manhattan Jewish Experience held its 12th annual dinner at the Museum of Jewish Heritage with Amy and Michael Wildes as guests of honor.

Rabbi Mark Wildes, founding director of the wildly popular outreach organization, paid tribute to his brother Michael as their father, Leon Wildes, beamed with nachas.

Michael recently completed two terms as mayor of Englewood, N.J. He is now a managing partner at his father’s office, Wildes and Weinberg, a leading immigration law firm in Manhattan.

Leon Wildes (center) with sons Rabbi Mark Wildes (left) and Michael Wildes at MJE event. Photo by Tim Boxer

Cokie And Steve’s Unity Haggadah

04/04/2011 - 20:00

With intermarriage increasingly pervasive and accepted in American Jewish life, it should be no surprise that the No. 1 best-selling Haggadah on Amazon.com right now is Cokie and Steve Roberts’ “Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families.” The user-friendly book incorporates all the standard elements of the Haggadah, along with additional readings, explanations and recipes.

Cokie and Steve Roberts: Intermarried couple produces first-ever Haggadah geared for mixed-marriage couples.

Passover Good Eats

Adapting year-round recipes for the food-challenging holiday - plus an extra surprise.
04/07/2011 - 20:00
Editorial Assistant

All year long, I've been offering up soups, salads, entrees and desserts that are easy and delicious. With Passover coming up soon, Jewish cooks everywhere are in a panic, looking for recipes and ideas that work for the week-long holiday. Well, look no further. Here are seven Nosh Pit recipes that are perfect for Passover, with little or no changes made at all. Plus, stick around until the end and I'll share a recipe for something that will become a Passover (and year round) staple. 


Butternut Squash Soup. Photo by Amy Spiro

Seder Shopping On the Upper East Side

04/04/2011 - 20:00
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

Taking Japan Personally

04/04/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

My friend’s jaw dropped in disbelief. “You’re going back? What?! Why?”

She turned to her new husband, her eyes twinkling, her voice teasing. “Japan is Elicia’s Israel,” she said. By which she meant, Japan is Elicia’s homeland. By which she meant: how absurd.

Elicia Brown

A North Sea Spring

04/04/2011 - 20:00
Travel Writer

Deep in Scotland’s wild and craggy north, Aberdeen is a springtime destination that’s evergreen.

This is a region that is timeless in its wide verdant expanses, its year-round drizzly chill, the awesome history in its forbidding stone castles and their awesome history, and its cheery corner pubs.

It’s a corner of Europe — literally — that manages to be both stoic and warmly welcoming. Even in a place where the all-time record high temperature is 85 degrees Fahrenheit, there’s plenty of fun to be had amid the misty Scottish gloom.

An aerial view of Aberdeen and the North Sea, top. Above, a downtown street in the “Granite City.”

How Steve Met Sara

04/03/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

A New York comedian is likely to say clever things. Here's one from Steve Hofstetter: “It’s a scary thought when you’ve known the condiments in your refrigerator longer than your fiancée.”

Steve Hofstetter and Sara Tenenbein

Aaron Herman Interviews 'Peep World' Director Barry Blaustein

What happens to a rich, neurotic Jewish family when one of their own writes a tell-all exposing their dirty secrets? The Meyerwitz family is about to find out. And the timing couldn't be more hilariously awful.

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

The Four Questions? Feh!
03/31/2011 - 20:00
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
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