The Joys of a Planted Passover

At first glance it might seem limiting to be a vegetarian or a vegan during Passover — a holiday that already includes several eating restrictions. But as it turns out, these groups have little difficulty staying away from meat as opposed to the more onerous task of  refraining from leavened foods. “The only thing that… Read More

Five Things that Happen After the Afikomen

For many Jews, the Passover seder ends at the afikomen. But the broken piece of matzoh simply marks the transition from the meal to the prayerful part of the seder. “So much of what people know of a seder happens before the meal, but really so much does happen after the afikomen, or the dessert,”… Read More

CSAs for Veggie Lovers

For thrifty, veggie-loving cooks, signing up for a  CSA (community-supported agriculture) share is the way to go. Sure, it can be a daunting investment up front, but it’s often the best deal you’ll find locally for fresh produce. And there’s always unanticipated surplus along the way. Some weeks, there’s tons of pears; other weeks, it’s… Read More

Beets, Almond Bark are New Natural Passover Options

As environmental awareness increases, local supermarkets are stocking their shelves with more natural and organic Passover products. The latest buzz word is biodynamic, as in Kedem’s new biodynamic grape juice, available this season for the first time at Whole Foods Market. So what is biodynamic? “Biodynamic farming is something that’s probably well under the radar… Read More

Four Questions Notions of Passover through a contemporary lens

Themes of oppression, affliction, soul-searching and liberation hold great importance in the Passover story, one that recounts the Jewish people’s escape from bondage, their exodus from Egypt and their eventual freedom. As we prepare to revisit and recount that story of Passover — a time during which, among many observances, we’re encouraged to question the… Read More

Happy Fun Purim! A Real Favorite

A group of Jewish women were recently asked what their favorite holiday was.  The majority answered, “Purim!”  Why?  Because it is fun, can be participated in by all ages and, oh those delicious hamantaschen. All of the princess gear available make the holiday a standout for girls with beautiful costumes to become Queen Esther. And… Read More

HoCo to Host Annual Purim Palooza

Few things bring Howard County’s Jewish community together like Purim Palooza and the Kids Activity Expo, and the 24th annual holiday event is expected to attract 1,500 people. “I think that Purim Palooza [draws] so many families because it’s really the one time of the year that the whole county [can get together] regardless of… Read More

Navigating Through The Holidays Many Jews are taking time off into next month to contemplate, repent and celebrate

Last Sunday marked the beginning of Rosh Hashanah and the start of the High Holidays. But in broader terms, it marked the beginning of an annual three-week period lasting through Simchat Torah that is virtually consumed by Jewish holidays. In Baltimore, this equates to a steady stream of Jews who will temporarily withdraw from daily… Read More