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  • Matzah for Passover
    Passover Hotels
    When I was a kid, everyone either stayed home or visited relatives for the Passover holiday. But some time between around a decade or two ago, the tend of going to a hotel for Passover gained popularity. Starting in January, we start seeing...
  • Baking for the holiday yourself assures fresher and tastier cakes
    Passover cakes
    You may have noticed that certified kosher for Passover cakes started appearing in stores as early as 6 weeks ago. That means that by the time they are served on the Passover holiday, they could well be over 2 months old. Don't worry, they'...
  • My crocuses are already set for spring
    Spring is on the way
    The shop around the corner from me has a small sign in the window that counts down the days until spring. Now we're down to 15, as the spring equinox arrives on March 20th (on some years it falls out on the 21st). But in the Jewish calendar,...
  • my passover sedar
    passover sedar
    So now that the first two Passover sedarsareover and were looking foward to a week of matzoa withthis and matzoa withthat, I ask the typical queation "how was your sedar".I want to share my sedar story because this yearwe had three young...
  • Easter and Pesach (Passover)
    Easter and Pesach (Passover)
    This year, Pesach[1] (Jewish Passover) and Easter fall on the same weekend (for those of us in the West, Eastern Orthodox churches will be celebrating it a week later). Since most of us know that they are, at least theoretically, the same, why is...
  • sedar plate
    PASSOVER 2012
    The holiday Passover is celebrated every year, it is an 8 day event, that tells of a struggle between Moses and the Jewish nation, and the ruler of Egypt. But let’s go back a few hundred years , when Joseph was sold to a caravan of traveling...
  • Jesus our Passover lamb
    Passover and Easter
    We are entering into a season that started this week. It is called Passover or Pesach. It consists of three of the celebrations that God said to celebrate during the year. The first is actually Passover, the day celebrating the rescue of the Jews...
  • Dr. Susan Block's Speakeasy Seder
    Speakeasy Seder This Monday
    Nowadays there are all kinds of Seders: White House Seders, Christian Seders , Islamic Seders, Buddhist Seders, Feminist Seders, Vegetarian Seders, the Gossip Girl Seder; there’s probably even a Prison Seder being held somewhere, at least in...
  • Blood of the Passover lamb
    Passover 2011 in Tampa Bay
    Passover (Pesach, Pesakh), also called the “Festival of Unleavened Bread,” is a Jewish holiday commemorating the Israelites’ freedom from bondage from ancient Egypt and their subsequent exodus. It begins on the fifteenth day of...
  • Kosher for Passover sodas are distinguished by yellow caps
    Where the bargains are for Passover shopping
    Stop and Shop circulars contain coupons for 5 lb. boxes of matzah. The choices are free for Yehudah brand and $2.99 for Streit's brand with a $25 purchase. Trust me, it is all too easy to hit $25 in purchases when grocery shopping for the...
  • one of the 3 vegetables that are the main ingredients in this recipe
    Great recipes that just happen to be kosher for Passover
    Signs of spring and upcoming Passover holiday are everywhere in New York. Many specialized foods are sold for the holiday because of the restriction on using leavening and legumes. Some people make and buy cakes made with potato starch that they...
  • Surviving Passover
    Surviving Passover: Jewish Survivors of Childhood Abuse
    There are many issues surrounding holidays and child abuse that have rarely, if ever been addressed in any community, including those living in the Chicagoland area. One of those issues pertains directly to surviving Jewish holidays.It's not...
  • Sefirot
    In preparation for Pesach: escaping from the slavery of ego
    The kabbalists explain that Pesach is a universal, 24-hour opening in time where we can remove huge chunks of chaos in our lives from the root level. Whether we are aware of it or not, this window exists. During this time we hold the power to...