Friday, October 24, 2014 Tishri 30, 5775
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Susan Weiss, Jewish Exponent Feature
Jewish transitions are marked in a number of ways. For example, I used to sit at the kids' table for Passover -- you know, that folding card table placed at the end of the long, bedecked dining-room table. The kids' table didn't get the fancy tablecloth or the fine china. Our table was covered with a nice enough cloth, but...
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By:
Roger Horowitz
Passover brings Jews together -- across generations, denominations and distances -- as we travel to see parents, children, aunts, uncles and friends at our annual seders. Three-quarters of the Philadelphia-area's Jewish households will participate in a seder next week, according to a 2009 study sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. Much of this holiday is about food --...
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For most of my life, when Pesach arrived, I would try, as the Hagaddah instructs, to think of myself as someone who had personally gone out of Egypt -- and fail. My problem wasn't that I was a comfortable, middle-class American Jew rather than the beaten, starving, abject heir of 400 years of enslavement. No, the problem was that I...
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After prepping for Passover by preparing matzah-ball soup, kugel and everything in between, Shelley Chamberlain of Cheltenham is more than happy to sit back for a catered second seder at her synagogue. Growing up in a Reform home in Pittsburgh, the now 52-year-old said that her family almost never took part in two seders: One was considered enough. After all,...
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Linda Morel, Jewish Exponent Feature
WHAT'S COOKING? The first time we hosted Pesach, I was so busy cooking that I neglected the most essential part of the meal -- the seder's ceremonial foods. "Did you buy horseradish root?" my husband asked. "Isn't the bottled stuff good enough?" I replied. "Yes, but I like a real root on the seder plate," he said. "And where is...
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