Special Holiday Issues

Liberation, Then And Now

Humanistic Haggadah celebrates ancient, modern message of Jews seeking freedom.

Special to The Jewish Week
04/19/2016 (All day)

In the memorable seders of my childhood, which rotated among relatives’ homes in New York City and Westchester, we used “The Seder Service for Passover Eve in the Home” Haggadah, first issued in1904, arranged by Mrs. Philip Cowen, a descendant of a family of Jewish-Irish scholars. It was a small, thin book, 5-by-7 inches, with a section of notated music at the back.

Liberation, Then And Now

Humanistic Haggadah celebrates ancient, modern message of Jews seeking freedom.

Special to The Jewish Week
04/13/2016 (All day)

In the memorable seders of my childhood, which rotated among relatives’ homes in New York City and Westchester, we used “The Seder Service for Passover Eve in the Home” Haggadah, first issued in1904, arranged by Mrs. Philip Cowen, a descendant of a family of Jewish-Irish scholars. It was a small, thin book, 5-by-7 inches, with a section of notated music at the back.

Peter Schweitzer

On ‘Guard’ For Shmura Sticker Shock

Here’s the real reason the handmade matzah is so expensive.

04/13/2016 (All day)

It costs more per pound than filet mignon. It might be burnt or taste like cardboard. It’s so delicate it often breaks in the box, rendering it unfit for Passover ritual use.

Every shmura matzah is inspected for quality and adherence to kosher standards before it’s boxed. Uriel Heilman

Festival Of Delights

Our annual guide to cool, arty and meaningful gifts for Passover.

Culture Editor
04/13/2016 (All day)

The best new tool for all the spring cleaning that has to happen before Passover is a Swedish-inspired eco-friendly dishcloth, designed and printed in the U.S. Each cloth replaces 17 rolls of paper towels and will last for more than nine months — and can be cleaned in the washing machine or dishwasher at least 200 times. Made of cellulose and cotton and pleasant to touch, these newfangled cloths feature cheerful designs

$7, Magpie, 488 Amsterdam Ave. (between 83rd and 84th St.), Manhattan, 646 998-3002, Magpienewyork.com.

Matzah trays made from rolled and woven newspapers by Desy Mei-Dan.

The Old Story, Forever New

This year’s crop of Haggadahs features old commentaries and original artwork.

Staff Writer
04/13/2016 (All day)

With all the changes in many aspects of Jewish life and observance in recent decades, one constant remains: the Passover Haggadah is the most-published book in Jewish life. And new ones crop up every year. Some are traditional in form, with the 2,000-year-old text virtually untouched. Others add passages, or subtract them, to reflect the leanings of some Jews. Still others feature modern translations, with creative commentaries and political-theological-historical readings. Sometimes they appear with original artwork; sometimes they are reprints of centuries-old illuminated Haggadahs.

New World Haggadah.

Seven For The Eight Days

Satisfying new kosher wines for Pesach.

Special To The Jewish Week
04/13/2016 (All day)

For the kosher wine industry, the run-up to Passover is what the run-up to New Year’s Eve is for the sparkling wine industry — a time of big sales and bigger hype. Not surprisingly, this is also the time of year the greatest number of new kosher wines tend to be released. Here are seven that you may wish to put on your shopping list.

The Crack In Our Matzah Really Matters

Brokenness, and wholeness, on Pesach.

Special to The Jewish Week
04/12/2016 (All day)

How can a broken cracker transform not only your seder, but your life? And maybe even the race for the presidential nomination?

Brad Hirschfield

Slavery, Then And Now

The seder can be a reminder that the practice did not end 3,000 years ago.

Special to The Jewish Week
04/12/2016 (All day)

A few years ago, in the weeks leading up to Pesach, my 5-year-old daughter and I joined the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) in Florida for part of its annual massive mobilization in support of its Campaign for Fair Food. The action was a 150-mile March for Fair Food from Fort Myers to Lakeland, where Publix, a Fair Food holdout, is based.

T’ruah anti-slavery activist Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster has brought her family into struggle for freedom. Courtesy of T’ruah

Passover 5776

Freedom's Bounty; Tasty wines, arty gifts, new Haggadahs, pricey matzah.

04/12/2016 (All day)
Passover 5776

Honeyed Glasses

Four decadent dessert wines for the New Year.

Special To The Jewish Week
09/15/2014 - 20:00

One of the most venerable culinary customs in Judaism is eating sweet foods on Rosh HaShanah, particularly ones flavored with honey: honey on challah, honey on apples and even honey cake. Adding a few sips (or glasses) of a honey-like dessert wine can make a wonderful supplement to the holiday meal.

The new crop of sweet kosher wines are a fitting accompaniment to holiday meals.
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