Passover

Passover as Myth

PASSOVER! Passover – the most observed of all Jewish holidays.  Years ago a Jewish fellow emailed me to say that he had read about a rabbi who claimed that the Exodus never really happened!  Now what, he asked, what if the story of Egypt and the Pharaoh aren’t true?  It doesn’t matter, I told him. …

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Ending Passover

Ready to start eating leavening?  YES!   There’s a holiday that “ends” Passover for Sephardic Jews called Mamouna or Maimouna.  It is a joyous celebration of eating all those foods that were forbidden during Passover – leavened foods!  Yeast leavened breads – time to eat pizza and donuts.  Yeast drinks – beer and fluids flavored…

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Published on April 16th, 2009

Passover for American Jews

What does Passover mean in American Jewish community? Often Jews will say, “Passover is my favorite holiday.”  Often Christians will say, “Christmas is my favorite holiday.”  These two days are pretty different – one about the exodus from Egypt and the other about the birth of Jesus.  What do we DO on these days?  Passover…

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Passover Mid-week

A Shmuroh matzah An update to the Haggadah Rabbi Ferenc Raj, rabbi emeritus of Beth El in Berkeley, is a Rescued Child, rescued by Raoul Wallenberg in Hungary. From him I learned the following blessing that can be added to your haggadah. You can open your front door and say it out into the world or…

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Published on April 23rd, 2008

Passover Food

Let’s begin with the non-traditional dishes. I took a cooking class with a friend on Moroccan Cooking, here in Oakland from a gal named Dara who has The Sage Table. (You can find her online at www.thesagetable.com. I think she might be Jewish.) When I looked at the recipes she had taught us every single…

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Passover – Getting ready

  The Seder Plate You can go here for an online visual of the plate and it’s parts. http://urj.org/holidays/pesach/plate/ The First step preparing for Passover – cleaning In most cultures there is a “spring cleaning” that takes place. For Judaism, it is specifically attached to the commandment to get rid of all leavening and associated…

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