Passover

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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Here come Passover and Easter

Passover and Easter are just a few days away! You can check out this listing from J-weekly to see all the Bay Area Seders! I can’t begin to tell you how nice it is to have someone else do all the compiling! A few last minute tips Charoset can be made all sorts of ways…

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Passover Wisdom

Thank you to Rabbi Mychal Copeland and Cantor Sharon Bernstein of Sha’ar Zahav in San Francisco for these teachings about Passover. This is from the Sha’ar Zahav congregational email. The Hebrew word for Egypt, “Mitzrayim” comes from “tzar,” meaning a narrow, confined, place. A place so tight it is restricting, painful. A place so tight that we…

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Published on April 17th, 2019

Passover – How will you do it? Long or short? Traditional or modern?

Here comes Passover! The Christmas of Judaism! Unlike Christmas, Passover hasn’t been absorbed into other traditions and acquired reindeer, elves, plaid quilts, snowy sayings and more. But it has traveled to other parts of the globe and adapted to new foods and climates. Here’s a nice explanation of some of the details of a Sephardic observance of…

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