Passover FAQs – The Basics & Beyond

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Before each holiday, I like to give myself a little refresher on the basics and find a few new tidbits that I hadn't known before. This year, I found fascinating posts from Rabbi Jason Miller and Rabbi Laura Novak Winer. Thanks to them for helping make our experiences even richer. What do “Seder,” “Passover” and “Haggadah” mean? “Seder” means order. And even though there is a huge amount of variability in how a Seder is conducted, the main elements follow a prescribed order, detailed in the Haggadah, based on 15 basic steps. “Passover” comes from the … [Read more...]

Wrestling with New vs. “Old” Hamentaschen

Purim cookies

I’m not talking about the hamentaschen vs. latke debates. There’s no question – choose both! What concerns me is my attitude toward hamentaschen. Can I expand my narrow view? Can I be truly open to new recipes? Since I generally only eat hamentaschen once a year, why would I want to deviate from my favorite (mohn – poppyseed) for myself and hubby or more kid-friendly versions (e.g., jelly-filled, chocolate-filled, Nutella-filled) for our little ones? I admit. I am incredibly drawn to some of the newer options. Like these mint chocolate hamentaschen, drizzled with chocolate … [Read more...]

Two Easy Ideas to Engage Your Kids at the Seder

Mini-Seder plates help Seder go more smoothly

I lead our family Seder – and I am under “strict” orders to keep it short. One way we do this is by creating mini-Seder plates for everyone. Power of the mini-Seder plate To engage the kids and to make it a great learning-by-doing opportunity, we (adults) get the components together first. Then we invite all the kids in the house to build an individual mini-Seder plate for everyone who will be with us for dinner. We use small paper plates (easy to toss before dinner) which are also simple to cover with plastic wrap and keep chilled in the fridge – so this doesn't have to be done … [Read more...]