Special Holiday Issues

Let Freedom Ring, Again

Staff Writer

 Like buds on a tree, new Passover Haggadot are a sure sign of spring. The most-published book in the Jewish community, the Haggadah appears in a variety of forms every year, appealing to the scholar and the beginner, the artist and the historian, the child and the senior citizen.


Rabbi Norman Lamm’s Haggadah, above, presents a philosophical look at the seder’s dual themes of slavery and freedom.

A DIY Passover

Staff Writer

 You’re already spending a fortune on matzah — no need to empty your wallet on small trinkets to ensure the kids stay up long enough to find the afikoman. Here, moms, grandmothers, and educators share their favorite low-cost and even free ideas for spicing up the seder experience. 

From Plates To Plagues

Staff Writer

 From the asking of the Four Questions to the search for the afikoman, Passover is undoubtedly a holiday geared toward children. So this Passover, choose a gift for the host that will delight the children at the table. Attending an adult-only seder? These children-friendly gifts will bring out the curious kid in all of us. 



Enchanted Evening

Special To The Jewish Week

 On a night that is different from all others, I’ve been known to hop like a frog, pitch a tent in the living room, and whack relatives in the rear with a bunch of leeks.

True, these ploys don’t completely aid in re-experiencing the Exodus at our seders, or understanding the lives of slaves (though we do, of course, also journey through the Haggadah). 

A collection of plush and plastic frogs helps bring the Ten Plagues alive. Elicia Brown

Kosher Wine Bouncing Back

Special To The Jewish Week

 Raise a glass (part way up, anyway) to 2010. 

Covenant Wines has released its first white wine, Covenant Chardonnay Lavan, this year.

Passover Recipes


 Matzah Stuffed Chicken Cutlets:

10 boneless chicken breasts
2 teaspoon olive oil
2 cup chopped onion
5 whole wheat matzah boards, crushed
2 cup medium dry Concord wine
2 cup low-sodium chicken broth

1 egg white
2 tablespoon paprika
4 teaspoon pepper
3 cup low-fat mayonnaise
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon honey
Sauté the onion in olive oil until tender, but not browned.


Freedom From Fat

Editorial Intern

 Two cups of oil. Thirty-two eggs.

This is the beginning of my mother’s matzah ball recipe — and while it serves for the entire week, we still eat two at every holiday meal.

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?
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