RELIGION
04/14/2011 04:58 pm ET | Updated Jun 14, 2011

Passover 2011: Five Kosher News Clippings To Share At Your Seder

Who says you need to tell the same Passover story each year?

The traditional tale of the Exodus from Egypt is certainly a classic -- Jews across the world will tell it twice next week -- but there's always room for a few anecdotal supplements.

Here's the best of the off-beat Passover news floating around the Web.

1. Why on this night, do we drink sweet wine?
The Atlantic's Yoni Appelbaum has the answer, tracing the history of the often-unpalatable alcoholic beverage back over 150 years to the first Concord grapes and an old Jewish tradition involving non-alcoholic raisin wine.

2. Passover, fiesta!
Upscale restaurant chain Rosa Mexicano is offering patrons a Passover-themed menu straight from south of the border, begging the question "Do salsa and Gefilte fish mix?"

3. Rabbi sues city board
D.C.-based Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld is suing the city’s elections board for scheduling an upcoming special election conflicting with the final day of Passover, The Washington Post reports.

4. Gin and Jews
According to The New York Times, Distillery No. 209 in San Francisco is selling a kosher for Passover gin distilled from sugar cane to ensure that Jews can still have their tonic mix over the holiday.

5. If you're worried about spending Passover with extended family...
The JDUB blog Jewcy has you covered with the "Top Ten Ways to Make Your Seder Not Suck." Precaution number 7: "Eat Early!"