Special Holiday Issues

Let Freedom Ring, Again

Staff Writer
03/17/2010

 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
03/17/2010

 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
03/17/2010

 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. 

 

Frogs

Enchanted Evening

Special To The Jewish Week
03/17/2010

 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
03/17/2010

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

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

Passover Recipes

03/17/2010

 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
03/17/2010

 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
03/17/2010

 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
03/17/2010

 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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