Passover

Tens of thousands hear priestly blessing at Western Wall

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Tens of thousands of Jewish worshippers gathered Monday at the Western Wall in Jerusalem for the traditional priestly blessing.

The crowd – estimated by the office of the rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Sites in Israel at 50,000 – converged on the Old City for...
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Poor, overworked Elijah

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF

“Is it time already?” said the slim, gray-haired man in jeans and the “Pesach Is Coming” T-shirt.

“Certainly,” boomed the voice from the cloud. “TRADITION, you know. Tomorrow night is the first night of Pesach.”

“But sir, I’ve been doing this for...
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Passover books for one kid — or many

By PENNY SCHWARTZ

(JTA) — Afikomen hunts, a rambunctious pup and the catchy classic “Dayenu.” All are featured in a half-dozen new Passover books for children that will inform and entertain even the littlest kid — or a whole herd of ’em.

The eight-day holiday kicks off this year on the...
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Creamy Non-Dairy Asparagus Soup Recipe

By LIZ RUEVEN (The Nosher via JTA) — Veering off the matzah path toward plenty of fresh veggies is an easy way to stay healthy and feel satisfied during the eight days of Passover. I like to serve vegetable soups to take the edge off that inevitable and inexplicable hunger...
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5 seder supplements to make your Passover relevant this year

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — We get it: Most Jewish families don’t yearn to make their Passover seders longer.

But there’s an entire world of seder upgrades and supplements out there providing myriad creative ways to freshen up the age-old tale of the Jews’ liberation from slavery in Egypt and —...
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Making Grandma’s charoset (or how I learned to love Passover)

By EDGAR M. BRONFMAN

(JTA) — When I walked into the house through the back door one day as a young man, I was shocked to see my mother in the kitchen. To put it mildly, this was not one of her favorite places. When I asked her why she...
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Rabbis expand the Passover menu — but will Conservative Jews bite?

By DAVID HOLZEL

ROCKVILLE, Md. (Washington Jewish Week via JTA) — On Passover, Lynne Sandler will be passing on the beans and rice.

Sandler, a member of Conservative Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria, Virginia, said she won’t take advantage of her movement’s ruling in December that permits eating a category...
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Passover 5776

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“IMAGINE THAT!“

 There was a time when I would only go out of my way to listen to speakers who were older and more experienced than I. Recently, however, I have changed my preferences and have begun to seek out...
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Person in the Parsha: First Day of Passover

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

IMAGINE THAT!

There was a time when I would only go out of my way to listen to speakers who were older and more experienced than I. Recently, however, I have changed my preferences and have begun to seek out speakers, rabbis and...
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Shredded Brisket Cumberland Pie for Passover

By TAMI GANELES-WEISER

Savory meat pies have been everyday fare in Britain since the early Middle Ages, and Cumberland pie is a variant that doesn’t get as much notice. It is not only delicious, but it is a great way to use cooked meat.

With the accessibility of so many...
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