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Midwives, Oranges, and Matzah Frisbee?!

With Passover fast approaching, now is a perfect time to think about the many roles of courageous women in historical and contemporary quests for freedom.

As a start, check out the Jewish Women's Archive's resource on Jewish midwives which highlights Shifra and Puah, two women who play a critical part in the Exodus story through their acts of resistance in sparing the lives of Hebrew male babies born in Egypt.

Curious about the "real" story behind the orange on the Seder plate? Check out the blog entry: "What's in an Orange?" Encourage your friends and family to join the conversation, or print it out to share at your own Seders!

Finally, as matzah's prejudicial rap of "tasting like cardboard" and "inducing week-long constipation" intensifies, Jewess singer-songwriter, Michelle Citrin, is committed to effecting positive change. She and her buddy, William Levin, have teamed up with Streit's Matzah to bring us the catchy Passover musical greeting, "20 things you can do with matzah" -- a powerful reclamation of matzah and its many innovative uses.

Matzah Frisbee, anyone?

How to cite this page

Namerow, Jordan. "Midwives, Oranges, and Matzah Frisbee?!." 17 April 2008. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on October 26, 2016) <>.


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