I discovered yesterday that Mark was the inventor of the portable flashlight; a tool to illuminate the darkness. In my mind, as we have heard today fr...
Given this horrible history, it's no surprise that for centuries Easter posed great danger for Jews. Good Friday church services have traditionally included passion plays that reenact the trial and crucifixion of Jesus.
I sit across from my grandmother at the Seder table. "Grandma," I say, "I'm wondering what it's like for you, as a Holocaust survivor, who fled Germany as a child, to read these words, 'in every generation an enemy rises'?" She raises her eyebrows and sighs, as if she doesn't have what to say. My grandma has plenty to say.
People who have converted to Judaism often tell me about holiday overload. They go from celebrating a handful of holidays to almost a dozen. Yet, above and beyond the holidays we have certain practices, one of which I did not learn about until rabbinical school.
Each day of this Passover holiday I've posted a gourmet way for Jews to honor the commandment to eat matzah, aka "the bread of affliction": eight easy recipes that are friendly to modern tastes and diets, and with a little less added affliction. Today is the last day.
Tomorrow, the last day of Passover, I'll deal with the craving for pasta. Today my goal was to come up with a Passover version of a thin-crust gourmet pizza -- something to which matzah, surprisingly, lends its itself really well.
The supremely delightful Alex Da Corte's Die Hexe (The Witch) at Luxembourg and Dayan Gallery is surely the most engaging exhibition to emerge on the Upper East Side or anywhere in Manhattan in quite a while. It is not too late to scoop this last Easter Egg out of the basket.
With Passover just behind us, and Holocaust Remembrance Day just ahead, Jews with family Holocaust stories have a double opportunity to reflect on their history of bondage, persecution, freedom and redemption.
I never liked Passover when I was a kid. Sedars were long and tedious. We couldn't eat anything until all of the blessings were said, and all of the commentaries were read in Hebrew and sometimes in both Hebrew and English.
Even the seemingly most abstruse points of Jewish dietary laws and practices have been debated for hundreds of years. Although non-Orthodox myself, I hoped I'd been careful to ensure that each recipe met the standards of Kashrut.
More comedians should be like Larry David. Asking questions. And Passover is nothing if not a holiday about questions. So... L.D. & Passover? A perfect match. It was the AHA Gefilte Fish moment.
Often tenderloin, when left to its own devices, is one of the blander cuts of meat -- thus chefs are always covering it in sauce. Roasted whole with a tangy crust, however, the cut really comes into its own: meltingly juicy and robustly beefy. Definitely a crowd pleaser.
As Jewish people across the United States and throughout the world celebrate Passover an remember their past, this is a perfect time to reflect on diversity and the future of the Jewish diaspora.
It's dangerous to let our understandable outrage at the senseless loss of life cloud the harsh reality that it's time for us to accept that this outwardly healthy "boy next door" co-pilot from a quaint village in Germany could be our son, our next door neighbor, our father -- he could even be us.
a baker; and b) not a big dessert eater. If I'm going to squander my daily sugar allowance, I'd rather do so on a nice glass of red wine. Or two. But I'm probably in the minority.
We are blessed to live in a country that was founded on the principles of "all men are created equal" and the universal rights of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." However, one may live in a free country and still be enslaved.