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Rabbi Lau sends Shalit ‘Passover kit’

… held by Hamas in Gaza for four and a half years.

The package, which includes matzot, wine and a Passover Haggadah, was handed over to the head of the Red Cross delegation to Israel, Juan Pedro Schaerer.

Lau, the former chief rabbi of Israel, told Kol Hai Radio that he had visited the Shalit family’s protest tent in Jerusalem and was constantly looking for ways to “penetrate the wall of those holding onto Gilad.”

Read More: @ ynetnews.com

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Crumbs Cupcakes: A Passover Tease

Crumbs Bake Shop has a line of Passover inspired cupcakes this year. Passover inspired, which is apparently very different from Kosher for Passover. Here’s their description of the cupcake teases:

Our collection of flourless cupcakes for Passover includes the Holy Moses – Chocolate Cake, fudge filling, chocolate cream cheese frosting covered in chocolate fondant and sprinkles, two Chocolate and Vanilla Commandments …

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Make Some Fun Doodle Frames—A Passover Craft For The Whole Family!

… for that which is really procrastination? And of course some readers have started to ask for Passover crafts, so this meets their needs as well, since I really can’t bear to let down my gracious readers!

These cute little doodle frames will hang on the doors of each room in our home and hopefully be filled with messages like “Clean and Ready for Pesach” or “Kosher L’Pesach” or “Sparkling Clean for Pesach”.

Read More: @ creativejewishmom.com

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Kosher Wines For Passover

Trader Joe’s is carrying a new line of kosher wines.  I have never heard of anything like them before.

For red wines they have some Tempranillo blends from Spain under the Terrenal brand for $3.99 They also have a blend of Chardonnay and Macabeo for $3.99 (also Spanish also Terrenal). They also have Sara Bee Moscato $5.99 (Italian) and Banero – Prosecco $7.99 (Italian). Also beibg sold …

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Millet & Quinoa Vegetable Casserole (A Healthful Alternative To Potato Kugel!)

We are finally getting some winter weather, and I haven’t been able to photograph some of the projects I’ve been working on for Tu B’Shevat, so I thought I’d share with you some of my creative adventures in the kitchen! (This photo was taken very quickly on the sill outside my kitchen window as the clouds parted for just a few minutes…..)

I have always been a firm believer in …

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The Passover Table: New and Traditional Recipes for Your Seders and the Entire Passover Week

Susan R. Friedland

Publisher: Harper Collins

An illustrated Passover cookbook features forty-five recipes for traditional favorites and unusual new dishes, offering menu suggestions for satisfying seders and the meals for the other eight days of the holiday.

Available in softcover

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Healthy Cooking for the Jewish Home: 200 Recipes for Eating Well on Holidays and Every Day

… to home cooks, it’s never been easier or more satisfying to prepare delicious, wholesome, and healthful kosher meals. In this new collection of exciting recipes, acclaimed journalist, cooking teacher, and cookbook author Faye Levy presents a progressive, upbeat approach to nutritious kosher cuisine that highlights the pleasure of preparing and eating mouthwatering dishes that promote well-being.

Kosher foods are being used in more and more American homes, and their abundance and …

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Manischewitz Cook-Off National Finals 2011

The Fifth Annual Man-O-Manischewitz National Cook Off just finished, and, man, I’m still buzzing. There was some serious high-octane, high-pressure, high-quality cooking, and I don’t think I expected to see any of that. I mean, this is Manischewitz you’re talking about — the matzah and wine people.

But this wasn’t your bubbe’s Manischewitz. Not only was the competition a …

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A Good Looking Pastrami

… telling you, you’ve never truly had good deli.

And for all the great things that are on their menu, nothing, not even the matzah ball soup, tops their pastrami. It’s mouth watering. The greatest thing that has ever touched my fair lips.

Read More: @ myjewishlearning.com

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A New Haggadah to Get Excited About

… your Haggadah collection this year, I recommend the brand new JPS haggadah, Go Forth and Learn: A Passover Haggadah written by Rabbi David Silver with Rachel Furst.

There’s two parts to this Haggadah–the traditional Haggadah text with commentary, and then a section of essays and longer commentaries on the Exodus story.

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Brilliant New Edition of the Classic Szyk Haggadah

… Over the years I have come to appreciate the extensive talent that Szyk brought to the text of Passover seder.

Read More: @ tvzee.blogspot.com

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Oh Boy! GPS Tagged Photos on Our Samsung Epic 4g Sprint Phone

… inside Carnegie Hall and when we went to view them in the Gallery app on the phone and clicked on Menu > More > Show on Map, lo and behold there was the map showing the Carnegie Hall location for each picture.

Read More: @ tzvee.blogspot.com

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What Do You Eat On Shabbat?

… a kabbalistic importance to these meals. And many of us are very much set on a particular menu for Shabbat.

This is not a deep post. Yet the Torah we live encompasses all aspects of our personal and communal culture; and so this, too, is relevant in some way.

Read More: @ beyondbt.com

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Eating Jewish: Moroccan chicken with olives and lemons

… work concerning the Moroccan Jewish community of Montreal.

My research focuses on the food of Passover within this community in order to understand the ways in which these foods and the practices surrounding them influence the identity of Moroccan Jews in Montreal. Through a series of interviews, I will examine the ways in which these practices have both changed and remained the same after having been transplanted to this new environment.

Read More: @ jwablog.jwa.org

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Tips in Planning Your Shabbat Menu

… and a festive meal are traditionally eaten. Here are some steps to preparing a traditional Shabbat menu:

Plan your menu days before Shabbat. This will give you ample time to buy ingredients and plan your meals.

If you don’t have time to prepare elaborate kosher meals, stick to simple yet delicious dishes for your Shabbat dinner.

Serve kosher foods. Pork is not an acceptable food in Judaism. Stick to kosher beef, chicken or lamb. You can also serve fish. For dessert, you can serve …

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Why on This Night?: A Passover Haggadah for Family Celebration

The rich traditions of Passover come alive in this contemporary family haggadah. As children and adults gather at the seder dinner to remember the Israelites’ journey from slavery to freedom, this creative yet authentic haggadah will guide and engage them. It takes children beyond the Four Questions and the search for the afikoman, encouraging them to enjoy every step of the seder.

Through stories, songs, poems, …

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Make Your Own Passover Seder: A New Approach to Creating a Personal Family Celebration

Alan Abraham Kay, Jo Kay

Publisher: Jossey-Bass

Make Your Own Passover Seder gives you the information needed to create a customized seder that expresses your and your family’s particular spiritual, political, and personal values and sentiments. No matter what your religious persuasion – Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, Renewal, or not Jewish at all – this guide provides a wise and learned approach that is filled with warmth and …

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Passover Splendor: Cherished Objects for the Seder Table

… Stewart Tabori & Chang

“Why is this night different from all other nights? The festival of Passover, which commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, is the most widely observed home holiday in the Jewish calendar. The central event of this week-long celebration is the seder feast, held at a table laid with beautiful ritual objects. Crafted especially for festival use, these splendid wine goblets, plates, cloths, and haggadahs offer compelling testimony to the …

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The Women’s Passover Companion: Women’s Reflections on the Festival of Freedom

… Lights

A powerful—and empowering—gathering of women’s voices transmitting Judaism’s Passover legacy to the next generation.

Women’s seders have emerged as one of the most meaningful and popular new rituals in contemporary Jewish life, allowing us a unique avenue for exploring our Jewish identity and deepening the spirituality of our Passover celebration.

In this groundbreaking volume, Jewish women from diverse backgrounds explore questions at the heart of this unique …

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Judaism in a Nutshell: Passover

… Judaica Press

If you’ve ever wondered…

What’s the big deal about the Seder?

What does Passover have to do with me, anyway?

And what’s with all those frogs?

…then this book is exactly what you need. Read it and you will experience Passover like never before.

“Apisdorf has the unique ability to communicate the practical wisdom of Judaism and show how it relates to everyday life.”–The Jerusalem Report

Praise for the Judaism in a Nutshell Series:

“The ideas [in …

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A Night of Questions: A Passover Haggadah

… contemporary use!

Rooted in tradition, yet accessible to all. This is a rich resource for the Passover holiday and for your seder. In one attractive, beautifully illustrated volume are the traditional prayers, biblical text, historical notes, song lyrics and a play for children to perform. Translations and transliterations included, and additional readings and commentaries offer varied perspectives. Special feature: four suggested outlines for seders with older children, young children, …

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The Journey Continues: Ma’yan Passover Haggadah

… R. Cohen, Tamara R. Cohen, Deborah L. Friedman (editor)

The Journey Continues: The M’ayan Passover Haggadah is a celebration of a vibrant Judaism that draws its strength from being fully inclusive of women and women’s roles in Jewish history, ritual life and community leadership. Designed to create a Passover seder that is thoroughly enjoyable, participatory and educational, the haggadah weaves songs, poetry and readings that are both traditional and new. Special features include: …

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The Santa Cruz Haggadah: Kids Passover Fun Book

… maze, word games and tons of cartoons from The Santa Cruz Haggadah to color – and all relate to Passover.

Because many traditional haggadot are translated directly from the Hebrew, they do not include the complete story of Passover. The story is included in this book and can be read at your Passover Seder irrespective of the haggadah you use.

Several key details have been left out, ‘voids’ have been created: (1) I have found that kids whose family’s tell the complete traditional …

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Light of Redemption; A Passover Haggadah Based on the Writings of Rav Kook

Gideon Weitzman

Publisher: Grow Publishers

This Passover Haggadah presents the ideas of the great Israeli rabbi and thinker, Rabbi Kook, on the Haggadah and on Passover in general, making them available to the English speaking public for the first time.

The full text of the Passover Haggadah appears in the original Hebrew with English translation. The commentary is in English.

When the Jews left Egypt they achieved more than just physical …

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The Traditional Egalitarian Passover Haggadah

… S. Green

Publisher: Norlee Publishing Ltd.

Beautifully written, The Traditional Egalitarian Passover Haggadah, by Leona S. Green, offers a comprehensive guide to the Passover Seder along with explanation and commentary that both the novice and the “veteran” Seder leader will find helpful and informative. A unique feature of Green’s Haggadah is an easy to follow abridged version within the text, a “Haggadah within a Haggadah”. This highlighted version contains the essential …

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The Bird’s Head Pop-Up Haggadah of Passover

… baking of Mazzot”, “The Ten Plagues”, “The Crossing of the Red Sea”, and other Bible and Passover scenes.

The Haggadah is in both Hebrew and English. It is sure to become a family keepsake for young and old to enjoy.(65 Pages)


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Women at the Seder: A Traditional Passover Haggadah

Joel Wolowelsky

Publisher: Ktav

Women at the Seder is a traditional Passover Haggadah whose commentary celebrates of one of the great transformations of the Torah community during this past century: the emergence of women from the privacy of their home “tents†to the public arena of the synagogue and Torah study halls, without abandoning in any way their central traditional role as the cornerstone of the home and family. The Rabbis had long ago …

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A Passover Haggadah: As Commented Upon by Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel, Elie Wiesel, Mark Podwal (editor)

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

With this Passover Haggadah, Elie Wiesel and his friend Mark Podwal invite you to join them for the Passover Seder — the most festive event of the Jewish calendar. Read each year at the Seder table, the Haggadah recounts the miraculous tale of the liberation of the Children of Israel from slavery in Egypt, with a celebration of prayer, ritual, and song. Wiesel and Podwal guide you through the Haggadah …

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The Passover Seder Table Companion

… and prayers, this book is a complete and easy guide to creating and following an authentic Passover Seder.

Whether at a family Seder, a model Seder, or a community Seder, this plain-language guide leads you step-by-step through the Seder and all its preparations. Includes clear instructions, the entire Hagaddah in its original Hebrew along with English translation and easy-to-read transliterations, plus a concise overview of Passover and a super collection of over 50 popular holiday …

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A Mystical Haggadah - Passover Meditations, Teachings, and Tales

… there is very little published about the rich and fascinating subject of the Jewish holy days. Passover, the first religious holiday of the Jewish people, particularly deserves to be reviewed from a mystical perspective. A Mystical Haggadah is the first book to provide just that. Featuring a spiritual interpretation of the Seder, the book includes an easy-to-read transliterated text new translations, and commentary. the book also uses a reader-friendly format to examine the Passover ritual …

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