Passover 2013


Passover's 'The Song of Songs' Is Correct Name, Not 'Solomon's Song'

By Philologos

The reading of ‘The Song of Songs’ is a Passover custom. Some called it ‘The Song of Solomon,’ but Philologos explains why the original name is preferable.Read More


Honoring the Many Liberations That Mark Passover

By J.J. Goldberg

In this season of deliverance, let’s raise a glass or four to the brave martyrs of Warsaw (and Dublin and Jerusalem). If we have the freedom to celebrate Seder, let’s all say dayenu.Read More


At Men's Only Seders, Challenges of Modern Jewish Man Are the Focus

By Alex Eidman

All-male Seders conducted annually by the Men of Reform Judaism give participants a place to talk about the challenges faced by the modern Jewish man.Read More


How Is the White House Seder Different From All Others?

By Devra Ferst

The Obamas’ Seder is a little different from others — it includes a reading from the Emancipation Proclamation. And, of course, the Secret Service knows where the afikomen is hidden.Read More


The Great (Passover) Dessert Challenge

By Adeena Sussman

As the holiday approaches, chefs around the country face one of their biggest challenges: Passover desserts. Luckily, their sweet treats don’t disappoint. Try their recipes!Read More


Gefilte Fish With a Human Face

By Nicholas Lemann

Growing up in New Orleans, Nicholas Lemann never had gefilte fish. As an adult, determined to improved the dish, he devised what he calls ‘Gefilte With a Human Face.’Read More


For Those Still Enslaved, Tomato Symbolizes Solidarity

By Joshua Lesser

After a trip to the tomato fields of Florida, Joshua Lesser added a tomato to his Seder plate. It reminds him of the virtual slavery of workers — happening here and now.Read More


A Statement on Your Seder Plate

By Gal Beckerman

Symbolic new foods have joined the parsley and charoset on seder plates. They represent a desire among Jews to use our ancient tradition to spotlight modern-day tenets.Read More


An Orange on Plate for Women — And Spit Out Seeds of Hate

By Susannah Heschel

Putting an orange on the Seder plate recognizes the contributions of women. Susannah Heschel, who originated the tradition, spits out the seeds to repudiate misogyny and homophobia.Read More


Put Olive on Seder Plate for Palestinians and All Oppressed Peoples

By Rebecca Vilkomerson

An olive on the Seder plate reminds us to ‘be bearers of peace and hope’ for the Palestinians — and all who are oppressed or living under occupation.Read More





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