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Eating Jewish: Mufleta - Breaking Passover the Moroccan way

The way in which people choose to break Passover varies enormously and that first taste of chametz can be the non-traditional, but ever popular sushi, or something more rooted in Jewish culinary history like bagels. However, the Moroccan Jewish community ends Passover with a distinctive celebration known as the Mimouna.

This is a tradition that developed in Morocco, where on the afternoon …

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Andy Samberg: Jewish Feminist

Andy Samberg: Jewish Feminist

Four years ago, when “Saturday Night Live” comic Andy Samberg wore a National Organization of Women shirt to a Spike TV event, feminists wondered whether he was just ribbing us. Best known for the satirical rap videos he produces with his comedy trio, The Lonely Island, Samberg trades in dick jokes and fake vomit – not in feminist theory. So when Samberg said that his sartorial …

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Is Bel Kaufman Jewish?

Is Bel Kaufman Jewish?

Yes, Bel Kaufman is a Jew, the granddaughter of Sholom Aleichem, author of Up the Down Staircase, and is 100 years old. Happy Birthday!

At 100, Still a Teacher, and a Jokester

Bel Kaufman, author of “Up the Down Staircase,” the seminal book on the hardships and joys of teaching in New York City, celebrated her 100th birthday.

By JOSEPH BERGER

At 100 years old, Ms. Kaufman is …

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Moroccan Mofleta…..The First Leavened Bread After Passover

If you happen to mention  mofleta to a Moroccan, the response will very likely be something like “ahhhh,  mofleta , my Savta’s  mofleta is the best!” Mofleta is made from dough very similar to pita dough, with just a touch more oil, and it is cooked in a frying pan like a large pancake. Good mofleta must be made from very thin dough, and is quite tasty when eaten with butter and …

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Remembering Rabbi Stern at Passover

A Jewish American treasure was lost last week as we prepared to retell the story of our freedom.

Rabbi Jack Stern, past president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, passed away a week ago tomorrow after living an extraordinarily full and passionate life.

Rabbi Stern’s passing right before Passover reminded me of when I first met the Stern family, as a student at Hebrew Union …

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Over 50,000 visit Hebron on Passover

More than 50,000 people visited the West Bank city of Hebron during the  Passover mid holidays, sources in the city’s Jewish community estimated Thursday.

Hebron’s Jewish community celebrates twice a year, on  Sukkot and on Passover, when the Cave of the Patriarchs is fully open to Jews, including the sacred room of Isaac, which is located on the side which is usually open to …

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$2M help needy Jews mark Passover

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ), headed by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, has provided $2 million to help as many as 200,000 needy Jewish people throughout  Israel and the former Soviet Union receive packages of food for their Passover celebrations.

Unfortunately, in Israel today one in three children lives below the poverty line, and there are thousands more …

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Slice Of Life: Passover, The Chocolate Spread Holiday!

It’s now Passover, and we’ve just finished celebrating the first day of our beloved 7 day (8 days outside of Israel) holiday. Though we eat matzo to remind us of our liberation from slavery in Egypt, we also happen to love it! The hand-made round matzos that we generally eat, arrive in very large boxes, since the matzos themselves are about 14 inches wide, much larger than the …

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Obama hosts Passover seder at the White House

U.S. President Barack Obama hosted a Passover seder at the White House Monday night together with his wife Michelle and a small group of Jewish and non-Jewish staff and family. This is the third year in a row in which Obama has hosted a seder.

The tradition started in 2008 when, after a long day on the campaign trail, then-Senator Obama gathered a group of staff members for an impromptu …

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Slice Of Life: Getting Ready For Passover!

We’re almost there! Tonight begins the week long holiday of Passover, and we’ve been working very hard preparing for this special time on the Jewish calender. The silver has been polished, (and in particular our large goblet for Eliyahu), nuts have been cracked (in our case using a hammer covered in a plastic bag!), three hundred eggs have been washed (yes, that’s right, three …

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Falashmura immigrants celebrate first Passover in Israel

Over a thousand new immigrants from the Ethiopian region of Falashmura will celebrate their first Passover in Israel.

The newly Israeli citizens will either celebrate the Jewish exodus at home with their families, or alongside thousands of Ethiopians at seders organized by the Jewish Agency and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, to be held at 16 absorption centers …

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Eating Jewish: Charoset medley

Although most, if not all, Jewish holiday meals use certain foods and dishes to symbolize various elements of the celebration, the seder meal does so in a way that is integral to the ritual of the meal itself. From the  maror to the zeroah , each has its place in the structure of the seder. Of all these symbolic foods, charoset is definitely my favorite and I have to agree with Gil Marks …

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Possibilities for Passover

Yes, a Passover seder is the Jewish custom most observed by Jews.  On the other hand, when surveyors asked that question they didn’t ask about the seder itself.  For some people, it’s enough to get some Jews together and eat dinner.  For others, add some Manishewitz and they’re Passover good to go.  Here are some interesting alternatives enjoy.

Tablet has some great ideas for the …

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Passover Kid’s Craft: A Dancing Wine Goblet Paper Chain!

A simple and cute Passover craft to decorate your home—a dancing wine goblet paper chain! You do the cutting and let the little ones do the decorating with markers or even glue and collage materials. I love the results however I must tell you that given the light-weight paper I used and the pattern I cut, the chain is top heavy and can’t be hung from just the two ends as I’d …

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Passover Kid’s Craft: Decorate Pillowcases For The Seder!

A super simple and fun Passover crafts for the kids: seder pillowcases! With all the fancy art supplies out there, it’s really important I do believe to also incorporate some not so perfect looking crafts into the family repertoire, and to praise them. This year my three little ones will have their own custom pillow cases for the seder, and when we recline while drinking the four cups of …

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Ten Plagues Passover Craft: Fun Placards For The Seder!

Here’s a fun ten plagues Passover craft that you can make now and use at the Passover seder to create a little bit of excitement and keep the kids involved. Either you can make them as a surprise, or better yet, get the kids involved in the crafting, and they’ll be even more excited. I’ve never actually done a craft for the ten plagues, as I just couldn’t think of anything that …

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Is Passover Catholic?

No, Passover is not a Catholic holiday. Even so, a new book certainly shows how important Passover is to the essences of Catholicism.

Brant Pitre’s, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper , is a work of immense and approachable scholarship. It is a constructive theological treatise that surely will influence how Catholicism understands …

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

It’s now official— one really can put off spring cleaning by crafting these cute little doodle frames, since they may just come in handy during and after the cleaning! How’s that for some crafty justification 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 …

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Eating Jewish: Moroccan chicken with olives and lemons

My inspiration for the dishes I write about on Eating Jewish come from a variety of places that range from the numerous cookbooks that I have around my apartment, articles concerning Jewish food in newspapers and magazines, or simply the ingredients that I happen to have on hand at the moment. However, for this dish my inspiration came from my own academic work concerning the Moroccan …

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History Timeline of Jewish People in America

History Timeline of Jewish People in America

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1630 Holland captures Pernambuco, Brazil from the Portuguese and invites Jewish settlement. A significant Jewish community develops in Recife.  (Recife is the 4 th largest metropolitan area in Brazil with 4,136,506 inhabitants.

1649 Solomon Franco was a merchant, who was granted a weekly stipend by the Puritan authorities on the condition that he leave on …

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A Handbook for the Jewish Home

Rabbi Alfred J. Kolatch, celebrated author of The Jewish Books of Why, has helped a generation understand the reasons behind Jewish law, custom, and ritual. Now, in A Handbook for the Jewish Home, he provides us with a practical guide that explains precisely and concisely how to conduct ourselves both in our homes and when interacting with the Jewish community at large.}}Without …

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Inventing Jewish Ritual: New American Traditions

Inventing Jewish Ritual: New American Traditions

Vanessa Ochs

Publisher: JPS

Vanessa Ochs invites her readers to explore how Jewish practice can be more meaningful through renewing, reshaping, and even creating new rituals–blessings for newborn daughters, Miriam’s cup, becoming an elder, and more.

We think of rituals — the patterned ways of doing things that have shared and often multiple meanings — as being steeped in …

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Laugh for God’s Sake: Where Jewish Humor and Jewish Ethics Meet

Stanley J. Schachter

Publisher: Ktav

Jewish humor is a venerable part of the Jewish historical experience. It has been a constant companion of Jews, as individuals and communities, accompanying them in many lands and and expressing itself in a number of languages. Jewish jokes penetrate virtually every aspect of human relationships, sparing neither Jew nor non-Jew. Stanley Schachter’s …

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

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 …

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Passover Splendor: Cherished Objects for the Seder Table

Barbara Rush

Publisher: 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. …

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

Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld (editor), Tara Mohr (editor), Catherine Spector (editor)

Publisher: Jewish 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 …

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Judaism in a Nutshell: Passover

Shimon Apisdorf

Publisher: 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 …

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Inviting God In: Celebrating the Soul-Meaning of the Jewish Holy Days

Rabbi David Aaron

Publisher: Trumpeter

This warm, inspiring look at the Jewish holidays—by one of the most dynamic and accessible teachers of Jewish thought today—shows us how each holy day empowers us to recognize God’s loving presence in our life everyday.

There are many books that discuss how to celebrate the holidays; Inviting God In explains why we should celebrate. Using …

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The Jewish Family Fun Book

The Jewish Family Fun Book

Roni Sarig, Danielle Dardashti, Avi Katz (illustrator)

The essential guide to Jewish family life and fun activities at home and on the road!

Want to put a new spin on dreidel games? Or a new twist on making challah? Well then roll up your sleeves, put on your dancin’ shoes, and get out your thinking caps, because The Jewish Family Fun Book will help you find something fun in everything …

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Jewish Holidays: A Brief Introduction for Christians

Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky, Rabbi Daniel Judson

Publisher: Jewish Lights

A window into Judaism’s sacred days—throughout history and today.

Written especially for Christians.

Holy days and holidays provide the peak experiences of Jewish life. These moments speak deeply to the Jewish soul and animate Judaism’s culture. They encourage Jews to participate in their shared historical …

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