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Mimi Garcia

Tonight My Daughter Will Celebrate Her First Passover

Mimi Garcia

As I’m writing this, I’m sitting in my car outside my daughter’s day care. No worries, there’s no crying here, no major trauma. I’m trying to check things off my list while waiting for the start of “El dia de Primavera,” a celebration of the first day of spring.

Marge Piercy

How do I love Marge Piercy?

Lesléa Newman

How do I love Marge Piercy? Let me count the ways:

Passover recipe roundup

Kate Bigam

Tonight marks the fourth night of Passover, and you’re probably running low on leftovers from the first two nights’ seders (if you had any to begin with). Fear not!

Lesléa Newman

How To Make Matzo Brei

Lesléa Newman

It has to be Sunday morning,
not just any Sunday morning
the Sunday morning of Passover

Topics: Food, Passover, Poetry
Marge Piercy

Matzoh

Marge Piercy

Matzoh

Topics: Food, Passover, Poetry
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Liberation in poetry: Who Knows One

Debra Cash

It should be easy to speak praise at a time of liberation. It is not.

Topics: Passover, Poetry
Artichoke Pesto with Matzah

Eating Jewish: Artichoke pesto with matzah

Katherine Romanow

Reading through my copy of the Encyclopedia of Jewish Food by Gil Marks, I learned that artichokes are a common feature on the Passover tables of Italians and other Sephardim, since they usually first appear in early spring. I immediately knew that I wanted make this culinary tradition part of my own Passover celebrations. Yet, I have to admit that artichokes are one ingredient that intimidate me with their spiny outer leaves and inner choke that can be gag-inducing if not removed properly. Until I overcome my fear of artichokes (and for convenience's sake), I used using jarred or canned artichoke hearts.

Topics: Food, Passover
United States Postal Service

Passover Postage: Sending matzah to China

Linda Frank

Two things I don’t understand about the US Postal Service: Why it’s the workers, not customers, who go “postal.” Secondly, how it could be in trouble when it has me.

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Passover Poetry: Giving Miriam her song

Gail Reimer

In recent years, Miriam has become regular presence at the Passover table.  For some she is there in the form of Miriam’s cup, a ritual addition to the Passover Seder created by Jewish feminists. For others, she is invoked through Debbie Friedman’s joyous song, an occasion, at many seders, for women to sing and dance, continuing or reexperiencing the celebration of freedom, led by Miriam, upon crossing the Red Sea.   

Topics: Passover, Bible, Poetry
Coconut Matzah Brei

Eating Jewish: Coconut Matzah Brei

Katherine Romanow

I’m going to let you in on a little secret of mine: I actually like those tinned coconut macaroons that come out for Passover each year.

Topics: Food, Passover
Jojo Lazar, 2011

The Burlesque Poetess reads "One taught the word diaspora before diaphanous"

Leah Berkenwald

Jojo Lazar is a Boston-based multimedia visual and performance artist known as The Burlesque Poetess.

Topics: Passover, Poetry
Mayim Bialik's Bubbe

Cleaning for Passover, Missing My Bubbe

Mayim Bialik

 

I’ve started cleaning for Passover, have you?

Topics: Family, Passover
Fava Bean Soup (Bessara)

Eating Jewish: Fava bean soup (Bessara)

Katherine Romanow

I pride myself on constantly using and experimenting with a variety of ingredients when I cook. However, fava beans were one of those things that hadn’t made it into my culinary repertoire.

Topics: Food, Passover
Merle Feld, 2010

Passover Poetry: Studying the Mundane and Holy Terrain

Merle Feld

Living as a poet means you are acutely attuned to the voices within, you seek to listen, to discern the words that best capture your own inner truth.

Topics: Passover, Poetry
"The Songs of Joy," by James Jacques Joseph Tissot

Celebrating Miriam

Leah Berkenwald

Big sister. Song leader. Outspoken challenger. Prophet. In her many roles, Miriam is integral to the story of Exodus. Her legacy is complex, dynamic, and hopeful.

Topics: Passover, Bible
"The Songs of Joy," by James Jacques Joseph Tissot

Faith is packing your timbrel

Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez

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 through my head in difficult times, a sort of mantra to reflect upon.

Topics: Passover, Music, Bible
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Passover poetry: Re-telling the story of our own lives

Gail Reimer

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.

Wine-stewed Prunes with Mascarpone Cheese

Eating Jewish: Not your bubbe’s compote

Katherine Romanow

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.

Topics: Food, Recipes, Passover
Quajado for Passover

Eating Jewish: Quajado for Passover

Katherine Romanow

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

Topics: Food, Recipes, Passover

Breaking free from tradition: New ideas for Passover learning

Etta King Heisler

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

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Include women's voices with JWA's Passover Haggadah

Leah Berkenwald

Last week Kathleen Peratis shared her disappointment with the widely acclaimed The New American Haggadah by Jonathan Safran Foer and Nathan Englander:

"The Songs of Joy," by James Jacques Joseph Tissot

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

David Levy

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.

Esther M. Broner, 1927 - 2011

I know how many thousands of lives Esther has touched and how many Jewish women walk taller for having followed in her groundbreaking footsteps.

We remember Esther M. Broner

Leah Berkenwald

We were saddened to wake up to the news that Esther M. Broner passed away yesterday. A beloved novelist, playwright, ritualist, and feminist writer, Esther M. Broner was born on July 8, 1927, in Detroit, Michigan. Her writing, including Her Mothers (1975), A Weave of Women (1978) and many others, made her one of the most important teachers of Jewish feminism and feminist Judaism.

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