Passover

The In-between days of Passover: Hol Hamoed

We are now in Hol Hamoed, the intermediate days of Passover. Since the day(s) of Seder are past many people want to go back to a regular diet that includes chametz (leavened foods like most bread.)  If the week of Passover is a burden to you it’s time to reconsider what you’re doing, why and…

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Published on April 21st, 2022

Bay Area Community Seders

Our local Jewish newspaper, the J-weekly, has compiled a list of Bay Area free and low-cost community Seders. Look at the list of them here. Here’s one that they didn’t get onto the list. There’s THIRD night Seder at Temple Israel in Alameda. There is an in-person option and a Zoom option.  Look at the…

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Another Pandemic Passover!

A year ago I didn’t think the pandemic would last this long. I made due with a Zoom Seder and enjoyed the novelty of it. But a year later I’m not so enthused. I have heard many people say they are sick of screens.  Last April I read a fascinating article about “third quarter” of isolation when things…

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Published on March 26th, 2021

A Meditation for Passover & this Time

Rabbi Ryan Bauer of Congregation Emanu-el in San Francisco sent out this loving message to his congregation. He included a link to a meditation that many of us could use. Take a moment to read his message and if you have 15 minutes, do the meditation with him.   Dear Friends, My main childhood memory…

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Late Minute Decadent Passover Dessert

There’s a popular Passover dessert that is basically English toffee poured over matzah crackers. You can see one of my friend’s recipes here.  But if you’ve been consuming matzah for most of the evening you may prefer your English toffee as just plain toffee. For decades I’ve used the recipe in The Joy of Cooking….

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Published on April 8th, 2020

Need a Virtual Seder?

You’re sheltering in place – GOOD! But you are alone or you have never led a Seder before or you just want some Passover company!  The J-weekly has created a calendar of Passover activities, including Virtual Seders. You can find that page here. There are other local virtual Seders that aren’t on the list. Here…

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