In Support of Retelling the Story

Here in our cozy homes, secure in the womb of technology and modernity, surrounded by such effortless wealth and comfort that would dazzle King Solomon himself, it becomes difficult for many of us to justify retelling a story of a time so challenging, miserable and incomprehensible as the Exodus from Egypt (or the Shoah, or any extended period of communal strife). “Life is hard enough” we tell... read more

Shabbat Pesach 8 (Deuteronomy 15:19 – 16:17 & Numbers 28:19 – 28:25)

As mentioned last week, in honor of Passover we are taking a break from the Leviticus cycle to jump forward in Torah. This week, our first stop is Numbers 28, where we read about more sacrifices (oh, THAT’S different from what we’ve been reading in Leviticus. Sigh. Haven’t we suffered enough already?). …and onward to Deuteronomy 15, where, like looking into a mirror, we read about... read more

VIDEO: Passover Noir

In a couple of days, Passover is going to start, which means that right now, some Jewish families are frantically scrubbing their house down in an attempt to remove chametz, anything made with flour. If you are one of those families, and you are perhaps wondering (grumbling) about why it’s gotta be this way, this video may offer you a moment of amusement. Assuming you are a fan of stylistic film... read more

VIDEO: Best Seder in the USA

Just in time for Pesach, I’m posting a video from LAST year which was co-produced by JewishTreats and NJOP (the National Jewish Outreach Program) You can find JewishTreats on Twitter or on Facebook. You can find out more about NJOP on their website.  ... read more

Shabbat Pesach 1 (Exodus 12:21 – 12:51 & Numbers 28:16 – 28:25)

From a food perspective, Passover is of course all about avoiding chametz – or wheat products that have risen, either due to agents like yeast or just from time and interaction with natural bacteria. The idea of bread rising relates directly to that of being puffed up or prideful. SO… limited only by your creativity and the category of food which you will be assigned when you let us know you... read more

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