April 8, 2009 |
Passover, the Jewish festival commemorating the release of the Isrealites from slavery in Egypt, begins at sunset tonight. The eight-day holiday is celebrated on the first two nights with a meal called the Seder. Focal points of the Seder include eating matzah, eating bitter herbs to commemorate the bitterness of slavery, rinking four cups of wine or grape juice to celebrate freedom and recitation of the Haggadah, a liturgy that describes the story of the Exodus from Egypt. During the eight days of passover, Jews refrain from eating leavened bread, replacing it with matzah to commemorate the unleavened bread the Israelites ate in their hurried flight from Egypt.
April 6, 2012 |
Today is both Good Friday and the start of Passover. For Christians, the day recalls the crucifixion of Jesus on a hill outside Jerusalem's walls. Catholics, Episcopalians and some Lutherans mark the day with solemn observances, including the Stations of the Cross, which traced Jesus's journey from when he was condemned to death to his quick burial in tomb; and Tenebrae, a service during which candles are gradually extinguished while a series of readings and psalms are said or chanted.
March 29, 1996 |
Every year during this season Jews gather around the Passover table to retell the story of our liberation from Egypt. In the tradition surrounding the seder, we are taught that part of the obligation of Passover is to regard oneself as having been personally freed from bondage and that it is particularly praiseworthy to expand on the story of Exodus. The traditional Haggadah recounts not only the redemption from Egypt, but also that seder night long ago when five rabbis gathered to talk of resistance to the Roman Empire.
March 21, 1988 |
About 90 people turned out at an Ascension of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church, F and Westmoreland Streets, yesterday for a model Seder, the traditional Passover meal. Led by Rabbi Daniel P. Parker of Temple Zion in Huntingdon Valley, the meal was designed to familiarize Christians with the custom. Among the items central to the Seder are, right, (clockwise from the wine) the eggs; charoset, a sweet mixture of nuts, fruit and wine; horseradish; greens and, in the center, saltwater. Above the Seder plate is the matzo, or unleavened bread; below it is the Haggada, which tells the story of the ancient Hebrews' escape from slavery in Egypt.
April 19, 1989 |
Like other "nouvelle cuisine" these days, Jewish cooking has "gone light," as 35 of the 70 members of the Raquela Hadassah discovered last week when they gathered at the Kings Supermarket Cooking Studio at Main Street, Voorhees, for a kosher cooking demonstration. Culinary expert Shirley Rubinstein of Cinnaminson, a frequent instructor at Kings, and assistants Jessica Rudner, Joan Duffield and Ann Fitzpatrick, prepared a six-course meal last Wednesday several light years removed from traditional Passover fare.
April 4, 1998 |
Why is this toy different from all other toys? For one thing, the Plagues Bag helps children understand the story of Passover, the Jewish holiday about the Jews' exodus from Egypt in biblical times. The story of Passover, recounted each year at the ritual seder meal, is not usually the stuff of fun and games. "I grew up [in Philadelphia] reading the story from rote," said Simon Jaffe, executive director of the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan New Jersey in West Orange, N.J. "It was something we tried to rush through to get to the food.
April 9, 1990 |
The slim, blue volume appears at first glance no different from other books used at Passover meals to recount the ancient story of Jewish liberation from slavery in Egypt. But unlike other Passover books, it has no prayers, no references to God except as a figure in ancient myth. The blue-bound book is a haggada, a collection of readings and songs to be used at the seder, the holiday meal of Passover. But it is - as its subtitle proclaims - a haggada "for a secular celebration of Pesach (Passover)
April 9, 1997 |
The Women of Reform Judaism of Beth David Reform Congregation, 1130 Vaughns Lane, Gladwyne, will host a women's Passover conference and lunch from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. The conference will include spiritual and creative workshops connecting women and Passover. The cost is $20. Reservations may be made by calling 610-896-7485. PROGRAMS Stefanie Seltzer, a member of the speakers bureau of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Philadelphia and past president of Child Survivors of the Holocaust local chapter, will discuss "The Hidden Child: Child Survivors of the Holocaust" at 7 p.m. next Wednesday at Woodside Cottage, Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave. The program is sponsored by Hillel for students at suburban college campuses.
April 17, 2008 |
Everyone has a favorite recipe for Passover brisket, passed down through the generations or discovered online. But dessert is another matter. Dietary laws forbid the use of yeast, flour and baking powder at Passover. It's a restriction that stumps beginning bakers and challenges even the most experienced. That explains why nearly 45 women (and three men - two husbands and a son) signed up to sip wine, sample hors d'oeuvres, and learn from the James Beard-award-winning chef and cookbook author Aliza Green, who conducted a class on baking for Passover last month at the kosher restaurant Max & David's.
March 24, 1991 |
A gaggle of 4- and 5-year-olds stood wide-eyed before Rabbi Yosef Serebryanski as he flung water and flour together in a large metal bowl. Rabbi Serebryanski stirred the sticky mixture until it took on the consistency of dough. Then, under the watchful guidance of teachers and parents, the pre-schoolers took over, molding the dough into tiny spheres and rolling them vigorously with wooden pins. The final product? A certain toasted cracker-like snack known as the matzo. And on a recent morning at the Jewish Community Center on Route 70 in Cherry Hill, 29 neophyte chefs from the township's Congregation M'Kor Shalom Nursery School were also being peppered with a barrage of Passover holiday questions from the rabbi and the other adults.