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Passover 2013

The Four Grown Ups: A Passover Piece

Tanya Tolchin | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Tanya Tolchin

I have always found the section about the four children both compelling and off putting depending on the interpretation. I started to play with the idea a bit and turned it upside down.

Chocolate Chip Macaroon Cookies

Loren Brill | Posted 05.28.2013 | Taste
Loren Brill

These cookies are really delicious if you like coconut, and really fun because the texture is unlike anything else.

The Noise That Drowns Out All Peace

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

It's amazing how when all the ribbetting is silenced, we begin to hear an old, familiar tune: the melodious song of our own souls.

Easy-to-Bake Homemade Matzo

Loren Brill | Posted 05.27.2013 | Taste
Loren Brill

Matzo is just flour and water! I could have made it from scratch this whole time! Warning: store-bought matzo will never taste the same again.

8 Parve Passover Desserts

Food52 | Posted 05.27.2013 | Taste

Instead of buying chalky, dense, packaged Passover desserts, bake your own this year.

The Universal Relevance Of Passover

Brian Levin | Posted 05.26.2013 | Religion
Brian Levin

Just as the Exodus from Egypt did not happen overnight--Passover reminds us that the changes we seek in our lives might be slow and gradual, even painful, but we should not despair.

Occupy Passover

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2013 | Religion
Robert Scheer

If one is an observant vegan, isn't it troubling that a first born animal, say the offspring of a pet cat, let alone a human child, is to be sacrificed while the life of the lamb is saved?

Ten Ideas To Make Passover Meaningful

Rabbi Laura Baum | Posted 05.25.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Baum

The goal of Passover is not just for Jews to flee from what can seem like a harsh reality, but rather to be motivated to improve it. What is more empowering than the feeling that we can each do our small part to make the world a better place?

A Global Passover Story

Adam C. Levine | Posted 03.25.2013 | World
Adam C. Levine

Passover is about more than just escape from bondage; it is about freedom, in all its many forms. We can tell the story of Passover, of the long march from slavery to freedom, as though we are witnessing it today because we are witnessing it today.

This Passover, Too Many Women Are Still Slaves

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz | Posted 05.25.2013 | Religion
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Only when women everywhere can stand tall and strong together in peace and security can we confidently say: Once we were slaves, and now we are free.

Addictive: Chocolate Toffee Matzo 'Crack'

Jennifer Segal | Posted 03.25.2013 | Taste
Jennifer Segal

If there'e one sweet treat you make for Passover this year, let it be this chocolate toffee bark.

My Favorite Matzo Ball

Alison Spiegel | Posted 03.25.2013 | New York
Alison Spiegel

What makes a good matzo ball? It's an age-old question that has stood the test of time and the duration of many a Passover Seder. Should they be light and fluffy or dense and hefty? Should they be the size of a golf ball or a fist? Should they sink or swim?

Passover: Matzah and Reflection

Grace Lichaa | Posted 05.25.2013 | DC
Grace Lichaa

The story of Passover is a reminder that it is our responsibility to advocate for those who are oppressed and to write their story of liberation.

Passover Seder Faux Pas

Epicurious | Posted 03.25.2013 | Taste

Passover starts tonight, which means brisket and charoset are soon to debut on your holiday table. Rabbi Simcha Weinstein talked with us about seder faux pas, unruly guests and the best gift to give at Passover.

Hope, Not Fear At Passover: The Blessings Of An Open Door

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 05.21.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

During the Passover Seder many have the tradition to rise from the table and open the door for the Prophet Elijah to come. This year's celebration brings with it an extra reminder of how much we should not take for granted the blessing of being able to open our door in hope and not fear.

10 Beautiful Seder Plates To Complete Your Passover Table

The Huffington Post | Shana Ecker | Posted 03.21.2013 | HuffPost Home

Each one is handmade, so it's like owning an individual work of art.

'As If': The Two Little Words We Too Often Ignore

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 05.21.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

On Passover, when we act "as if" we ourselves went out from Egypt, we are also leading ourselves to act like people who care deeply about the oppressed, who fight for justice and who extend a hand to those less fortunate.

Doing Good While Cleaning For Passover

Ariel Gros-Werter | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Ariel Gros-Werter

Before you start emptying your cupboards and fridge directly into a garbage bag, consider the people who search through garbage bags like yours every day in search of scraps to ward off hunger.

What's A Mexican Passover?

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 03.19.2013 | DC

Passover begins Monday and many Jews observe the holiday with ancient rituals dating back thousands of years -- forgoing leavened bread for eight days...

It's Passover, But Can We Really Be Free Again?

Yaacov Cohen | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
Yaacov Cohen

As enthusiastic participants in a consumer society, we have been buying, using and then quickly storing a lot of stuff. Passover is a time to take back control.

Passover For Dummies

Mimi Minsky | Posted 05.15.2013 | Religion
Mimi Minsky

While we're busy navigating our ways around aluminum-clad kitchens, taped up cabinets containing chometz, all the while popping lady fingers and peeling vegetables, it's easy to forget why we celebrate the holiday altogether. I'm here to assure you, the story of Passover doesn't need to be complicated.

Innovative And Fun Passover Seder Ideas

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 05.15.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

For young children ,it can be a frustrating and kvetchy experience as they watch each adult at the table take a turn reading the midrashic commentary of our ancestors' exodus from Egyptian slavery.

Why Is This Night Different From All Others?

Susan Feniger | Posted 05.13.2013 | Los Angeles
Susan Feniger

Doing Passover at the restaurant is something that actually brings me closer to my religion than anything I've ever done in my personal life.

Does Passover Celebrate The Death Of Innocent Egyptians?

Rabbi Daniel Brenner | Posted 05.12.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Brenner

Prompted by this question, I returned to the perspectives of the ancient Jewish commentators on the Passover story. I wanted to know: Were they bothered by the death of so many Egyptians?

Wheelchair Wisdom: From Despair to Integrity to Freedom

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 05.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

When we have an illness, we are constantly forced to embrace the Beast. It is at times such as these that we are most in need of those skills required for lasting change.