March 31, 1991 |
A model Passover seder was held on Wednesday for the kindergarten students at Abrams Hebrew Academy in Yardley. The reading from the Torah and the eating of symbolic foods like bitter herbs were an introduction to the kindergartners to the traditions of the Jewish holiday. The seder, one of three held for students at the school, was put together by Gali Ben Shacher and teachers Sonia Arusy, Freda Hanover and Jackie Katz.
April 18, 2008 |
What I love the most about being Jewish is following traditions that go back thousands of years. Of all those traditions, my favorite by far is our family Passover seder. Each year, my husband's extended family gathers in the recreation hall of my in-laws' condo building in Baltimore. Four generations of people who rarely see each other throughout the rest of the year come from Florida, North Carolina, Washington and New Jersey. Though our numbers fluctuate from year to year, we typically share this amazing tradition with about 50 loved ones.
May 4, 2005 |
"This is the bread of affliction which our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt; let all those who are hungry enter and eat thereof; and all who are in distress come and celebrate the Passover. " - The Passover Blessing NORMAN ROCKWELL (1894-1978), the quintessential illustrator of the common man, is best remembered for capturing on canvas an array of slice-of-life tableaus of 20th-century Americana. "Golden Rule," perhaps his most socially conscious creation, graced the cover of the April 1, 1961, Saturday Evening Post, a date that fell right between the start of Passover (March 31)
April 12, 1989 |
The house is modest clapboard, with a faded black-and-white sign - "Zawid's Catering" - swinging in the sea breeze. But step inside and you'll meet Rose Zawid, the undisputed queen of kosher cooking in South Jersey. "They come from everywhere" she said proudly of her Atlantic City establishment - "from Philadelphia, Cherry Hill and New York. Even Jackie Mason visits, but when he comes," she chuckled, "he tells me to keep this place a secret. " The Jewish holiday of Passover, which begins next Wednesday evening and lasts for eight days, is the busiest time of the year for Zawid.
April 11, 1990 |
The huge room buzzed with Russian as the new immigrants waited to taste the foods and hear the prayers of their first seder. Organizers scurried among the 160 men, women and children, delivering another plate of matzo here, another bottle of wine there, until all 12 tables were fully prepared. The double symbolism of the ceremony on Monday night, the first night of Passover, was as poignant as it was obvious. The ritual meal, a commemoration of the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, was also a celebration of the participants' emigration from the Soviet Union during the last year.
March 27, 1988 |
A deep chuckle accompanied the phone invitation. "Just come round to the Manor House, dear - we call it the Jewish Vatican - and we'll have a spot of lunch. " Thus was a visitor introduced to Rabbi Lionel Blue, whose offbeat humor, blended with old-fashioned wisdom, has made his name a household word in Britain. Meeting him in person offers another surprise. Witty, charming and dressed in hat and comfy tweeds, Rabbi Blue, 57, looks like a country squire. He makes you laugh and, instantly, you and he are friends.
April 15, 2014 |
So you're hosting the second seder of the Passover holiday? Your guests have already been to Monday's first-night ritual meal that commemorates the freedom of the Israelites from slavery. That host got the excitement and anticipation that comes with being first. Now what? With the right amount of planning, local rabbis say, the second seder on Tuesday can be the star. That's because a new mix of guests, different venues, and inventive interpretations make the second night of the eight-day holiday as exciting - if not more exciting - than the first.
May 25, 2003 |
Jewish military families celebrating the return of loved ones from Iraq now have a ritual that adapts the themes and rites of Passover to mark the occasion. The "Seder of Safe Return" is designed to welcome home members of the armed services and give people who gather for the ritual meal a chance to reflect. "One of the things that religious rituals do is to give us structure in which to pour our deep feelings - a wedding, a funeral, the birth of a child," said Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, the renowned spirituality author, who co-created the ceremony.
April 9, 1992 |
You would think, said Bob Seltzer, that in 1992 it wouldn't be necessary for Jews and blacks to keep reminding each other that they have similar histories. You would think, the Cheltenham resident said, that the stifling remnants of slavery would be long dead, and that there would be no need to reminisce about that common past. Dream on, Seltzer said. Reminders are still crucial. Reminders such as Tuesday's model Passover seder for black and Jewish families at Zoar United Methodist Church in North Philadelphia.
April 14, 2011
As the playbook for the Passover seder, the Haggadah has two roles. It retells the story of the Exodus, and it gives the family cook an opportunity to dust off once-a-year recipes that are eaten to symbolize key parts of the narrative. This recipe for horseradish sauce (symbolizing the bitterness of slavery) hails from the Alsace region of France, where horseradish may have first entered the Passover cook's repertoire, according to food writer Joan Nathan. It's from her latest cookbook, Quiches, Kugels and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France.