Every once in a while it's worth remembering that while our skills apply to all facets of our lives, we cannot forget to apply the human side as well.
Each day of this Passover holiday I'll post a gourmet way for Jews to honor the commandment to eat matzah, aka "the bread of affliction": eight easy r...
There are as many recipes for this dish as there are those who claim theirs is the only legitimate way of making it. From Tunisia to Turkey, everybody says they and they alone invented it. And no wonder: It's maybe the best breakfast-in-a-pan going.
Rather than fight the matzah, I'm going to lean in to it, as it were. Every day of the holiday I'll post a gourmet way to honor the commandment to eat matzah: eight easy recipes that are more friendly to modern tastes and diets, and with a little less added affliction.
We are required to drink four cups of wine (or grape juice if you are not able to drink wine) at the seder -- each one corresponding to one of the ways that God liberated us from Egypt. But how much is a cup?
Easter tells us of mankind's triumph over injustice; Passover of mankind's liberation from dictatorship. Both holidays should remind everyone today living in peace and security of the terrible price millions elsewhere are paying to achieve the freedom to live in dignity.
As the first night of Passover approaches, I have been thinking about how to bring meaning to the Holiday. The Passover Seder recounts the story of the Jewish people's Exodus from Egypt. Importantly, it is also an annual ritual for reaffirming core values and transmitting these values from one generation to the next.
Probably 25 days of the month, I'm pretty much an atheist. I love my heritage and my traditions, but God? I'm not so sure about that most of the time. Not on Passover, though. On Passover, I can't help myself.
Approximately two million Children of Israel are now encamped in the Sinai following their extraordinary exodus from Egypt yesterday. Just days ago, they were slaves to Pharaoh. Today, they are free men and women, destined for self-determination in a land of their own.
Later Christian tradition put Jesus' last meal with his disciples on Thursday evening and his crucifixion on what we call today "Good Friday." We now know that is one day off.
The Old Testament has two different commands for using what are called phylacteries (Hebrew, tefillin): one in Deuteronomy, the other in Exodus.
What I want most for our graduates is not blind adherence to external measures of achievement, but internal character defined by a drive to maximize self, combined with a genuine empathy for others. And that, of course, is the essential message of Passover.
The combo of apples, walnuts, and cinnamon is indeed, quite traditional.
Though it's traditional for the youngest child to ask 4 questions, the main question most people ask is "When do we eat?" That's because many of the attendees find the seder spiritually deadening and politically obtuse. But introduce my material, and no one will say that that seder was boring.
The delegitimizers win when we make every conversation about Israel political and confrontational. Let's make this seder a healing seder, a dreaming seder, a homeland seder.
Passover, filled with its rich history and symbolic rituals, offers a wonderful opportunity to understand the Jewish religion and culture. It's a joyous holiday filled with food and family. If you're invited to a Seder dinner, I highly recommend RSVPing "yes."