Passover

President Trump, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are White House seder no-shows

(JTA) — President Donald Trump and the Jewish members of his family did not attend a Passover seder held at the White House.

The seder, held Monday on the first night of Passover in the Indian Treaty Room of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, continued a custom begun by President Barack...
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3 popular humorists write a Haggadah for the ‘when do we eat?’ crowd

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By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL

(JTA) — Of making many Passover Haggadahs there is no end.

If the Maxwell House version doesn’t cut it for you, there are Haggadahs for vegans, for children, for chocolate lovers and even for Christians. There’s the “Santa Cruz Haggadah” for hippies and the “New American Haggadah” for hipsters. There are annotated Haggadahs...
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The 5 (or so) habits of successful seder leaders

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By EDMON J. RODMAN

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — What kind of leadership style works best for a seder? During a period when we are experiencing a shake-up in national leadership, you may want to re-examine the relationship that exists between leader and participants at the Passover meal.

Though seder leaders...
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How to survive political arguments during the first seder of the Trump era

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By BEN SALES

NEW YORK (JTA) — After Donald Trump won the presidential election, Sheila Katz wasn’t sure she wanted to come home for Thanksgiving.

As the politically liberal member of a conservative family, she had been comfortable sparring with her relatives during the Obama administration. But as Thanksgiving approached, she...
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10 easy tips to avoid a boring seder

By RABBI REBECCA ROSENTHAL

(Kveller via JTA) — If your Passover seder is anything like mine, it can resemble the world’s most difficult classroom: different ages, ranging from 3 to 93, and varying levels of interest. Some want to read and discuss every word in the Haggadah, some just want...
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With our freedom from slavery, what are Jews free to do?

By RABBI RACHAEL BREGMAN

(Rabbis Without Borders via JTA) — At Passover, Jews over the world gather to celebrate “zman cheirutenu,” the season of our freedom. We will read all about freedom from slavery. We drink four cups of wine to rejoice in the four freedoms given to our ancestors...
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Gluten-free matzah: Here’s what you should know

By GABE FRIEDMAN

NEW YORK (JTA) — Gluten-free matzah might sound like a bad joke — after all, regular unleavened bread tastes pretty cardboard-like already.

But for Jews with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that can damage one’s intestinal lining, or gluten intolerance, which involves icky reactions to that pesky...
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Remembering That Carp in My Grandparents’ Bathtub

By LYNNE DAROFF FOOSANER

(Kveller via JTA) — My grandmother was a super shopper even before the advent of supermarkets and coupons. In those days, each food group had its own store, so that every neighborhood had a butcher shop, fish market, dairy, deli and grocery.

Shopping with Grandma was...
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9 must-watch TV shows about Passover

By LINDA BUCHWALD

(JTA) — Everyone has their own way of celebrating Passover, from silly seder customs (Ten Plagues finger puppets, anyone?) to enjoying the same meal year after year, to, yes, commemorating the festival alongside beloved TV characters.

The eight-day remembrance of Moses leading the Jews out of slavery...
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10 tips for a less stressful Passover

By DUBY LITVIN

(My Jewish Learning via JTA) — Passover requires a great deal of preparation, especially if you are making your home kosher for Passover.

These 10 tips will help you organize and prioritize, so you can enjoy the holiday.

1. Don’t wing it, plan it

Planning is imperative....
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