Faith is packing your timbrel


Miriam in "The Songs of Joy"

Last Pesach, I heard a sermon given in which my friend and rabbi used the phrase “faith is packing your timbrel” and I got super fixated on this concept and have found it running throug

Passover poetry: Re-telling the story of our own lives


2012 National Poetry Month Logo

National Poetry Month officially began yesterday. It is not altogether clear why the Academy of American Poets chose April as the month to celebrate poets and poetry.

Eating Jewish: Not your bubbe’s compote


Wine-stewed prunes with Mascarpone Cheese

You're probably thinking that prunes don’t belong in the same sentence as dessert, let alone anywhere near the sweet finish of a meal.

Eating Jewish: Quajado for Passover



Passover cooking is certainly defined by the dietary restriction of abstaining from chametz, or leavened grain.

Will an apple join the orange on your seder plate?


This year, Hadassah Gross is asking you to put an apple on your seder plate.

Breaking free from tradition: New ideas for Passover learning


Watch The Prince of Egypt. Throw the toy frogs. Have a chocolate seder. Create artistic interpretations of the Ten Plagues.

Include women's voices with JWA's Passover Haggadah


The Wandering is Over Haggadah: Including Women's Voices

Last week Kathleen Peratis shared her disappointment with the widely accla

The orange on the seder plate and Miriam's Cup: Foregrounding women at your seder


Just before we drink the second cup of wine in the Passover seder, we speak of three symbols considered indispensible to the holiday's meaning: the shank bone, the matzah, and the bitter herbs.

I get by with a little help from my online friends



Two months ago, I moved to a new town 700 miles from home.

Eating Jewish: Mufleta - Breaking Passover the Moroccan way



The way in which people choose to break Passover varies enormously and that first taste of chametz can be the non-traditional, but ever popular sushi, or something more rooted in Jewish culinary hi


Rising Voices


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