Special Holiday Issues

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?

The Macaron: Dessert Liberation

Associate Editor

 Finally, a trendy dessert that is kosher for Passover.

Parisian macarons, delicate and chewy cookies made from egg whites, nut flour or coconut, and sugar, are being touted as the heirs to the “Sex And The City”-fueled cupcake craze.

Touted as heirs to "Sex and the City" - fueled cupcake craze

Light Reading

Jewish Week Book Critic

“There are many lights in light,” according to a line in the Talmud. Hillel’s words refer to the blessing over the Havdalah candle, but can be applied no less to Chanukah.

Owning The Seder

Staff Writer
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.
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