Holidays

Holidays

Sensational White Wines for Shavuot

Shavuot, the Festival of Weeks, is the day, according to tradition, when the Jewish People received the Torah.  There are many venerable customs associated with this holiday—staying awake until dawn to study Torah, reciting the ancient liturgical poem “Akdamut,” and,…

ABC’s of Passover

Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) is known as the “holiday of freedom,” commemorating the Jewish Exodus from Egypt following 210 years of slavery. Passover is regarded as the “birth” of the Jewish nation, and its lessons of struggle and identity continue…

The Kashering Primer – Passover 2014

What by water? What by fire? (Yes, the subject is still Passover.) Here’s a handy guide to “kosherizing” your kitchen for the holiday. ONE OF THE MOST DAUNTING PREPARATIONS we make for Passover is kashering, a process to prepare chametz…

Passover Cleaning for Dummies

5 tips to allow even the worst housekeeper to get to the Seder with no obvious signs of PTSD If you love cleaning, organizing, scrubbing, shining and dusting, this article is not for you. Just ignore it and go back…

Passover Question Round-Up

WHAT DOES OU-P MEAN? The OU-P symbol means that the OU has certified a product bearing that label as Kosher for Passover. To receive such a certification, an extremely high level of supervision is required including hashgacha temidit (constant supervision),…

Purim and Iran

Startling parallels between ancient Persia and Israel’s predicament today Twenty-five hundred years after our confrontation with one genocidal Persian madman, the Jewish people face another – Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the mad mullahs of Iran, who have repeatedly declared…

Purim & the Last Laugh

What is the meaning of laughter? What makes people laugh? Triggers of laughter often transcend words and even intellect; laughter can even cross cultural boundaries. What makes something funny? I was once so embarrassed by my own laughter that I…

Four Amazing Trees

Spiritual lessons from trees, for Tu B’Shvat. It was 110 degrees the morning we climbed the steep cliff near the Dead Sea. My husband and I thought we had enough water. But the air was so heavy with heat, I…

Tu B’Shevat Q & A

The first day of [the Hebrew month] Shevat is the New Year for the tree according to the House of Shamai. The House of Hillel says it is on the 15th of Shevat. (Talmud, Rosh Hashanah 2a) Question: Why is…