Even Better the Second Night: The Passover Ha-Haggadah

For more than a decade, I’ve been hosting Passover seders with a twist: We laugh. Not that oppression and bondage and brick-shaping are particularly funny. But after years of arid ceremonies and pasty matzoh balls and the same old same old, I struck out with my own Passover haggadah, which I called the Ha-Haggadah. Besides, I’ve had mostly Reformish Jews, non-Jews, and kids around my table, and we needed some kind of “hook” to keep folks engaged....more

A Very Shiksa Seder

Raised in South Dakota, the only Jewish person I was familiar with was Anne Frank and, of course, Jesus. The third Jewish person I knew, I married. His family was mortified and had to muster every “good sport” molecule they had to accept his choice of me as his fiancée: a SHIKSA, a non-Jewish woman. Oy Vey! ...more
What a wonderful article! Absolutely laughed out loud more then once. Loved reading an article ...more

Skyping into the Seder: When Technology and Holidays Meet

Jack and Estelle and their family unofficially "adopted" me about 30 years ago, and we have became family. I have participated in almost every Passover seder with their family since then. These have largely been in NYC. This year (for a variety of reasons) I am unable to join them all at their son Daniel and his wife Leora's home in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I put on a brave face, but my heart was hurting. ...more

So for two nights we did it! I loved it. It worked perfectly -- I could see everyone -- and ...more

Don't Pass-Over this one

 Don’t be thrown by the title: this is for people of all faiths.   Jewish or not—-  if you love chocolate you’ll thank me or blame me for this.When I’m not cooking, the approach of Passover kind of rolls by me.  And speaking of bread, until my son in college called today for the recipe, I completely forgot the best the only part of my Passover repertoire I’m known for.   (Does anyone actually eat sponge cake?)...more

Pig Out Healthily This Passover

Passover is all about the Seder. And the Seder means a giant feast with family. What better way to commemorate family and tradition than by a delicious yet healthy meal? Be sure to try some if not all of the following vegan versions of Passover favorites!Matzoh Ball Soup ...more

Make It A Green Passover

Since Passover is a Spring holiday, why not to your best to keep it green and bright? Whether you're traveling to be with family or hosting a seder of your own, don't forget to make it healthy and green! There are tons of ways to make this Passover healthy, eco-conscious and delicious!Let’s Start With The Matzah – There are a bunch of options for organic spelt and organic whole-wheat matzah. Like the following:...more

Passover: A Travel Story About Finding the Way Home

First, there's a long expat stint in Egypt. But things go badly, a change in administration isn't great for immigrants -- the only jobs the people can find have bad conditions, low pay, and there's the distinct possibility of getting crushed under a rock. And, the contracts are bad, too. What seemed like crappy work turned out to be crappy work with ridiculous terms - impossible to get out of. ...more

Love this, Pam. Passover's my favorite Jewish holiday, too. I'll always remember the one where ...more

Passover Traditions: Do YOU Know Where to Find B'nei Berak?

Passover is coming! I love this holiday. My extended family is Jewish, and they have given me the gift of including me in so much that is beautiful in their lives ... especially Passover. This year, we won't be together due to illnesses and other unavoidable unusual circumstances. I find myself mourning the loss of this gathering this year. So instead of being sad, I want to share with you some treasured memories, and I ask you to share with me your memories -- or those moments that you would miss if you couldn't connect with your family this year. ...more

I agree! There is such comfort in an annual experience that grounds us in who we are -- in ...more

One Death and a Seder

First off, I need to apologize for my extended absence. I cannot believe it's been two weeks since my last post. In my defense...A lot has happened in those two weeks, and I fully intend to catch everyone up within the next couple of days... First up...Passover. As any Jew knows, last week marked the beginning of Passover. My husband and I had planned to have a quiet first Seder at home on the first night with just the two of us, followed by a second Seder the next night with three other friends coming over to our place. ...more