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April 2011 Archives

Tea-soaked eggs for Passover

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I spent a sleepless night surfing the internet for creative and beautiful ways to prepare eggs. While nothing tops these beautiful huevos haminados prepared by Ima on the Bima, I didn’t have it in me to track down piles of […]

An interfaith family at Passover – what matters? (a re-post from last year)

posted by Homeshuling

I was scrolling through last year’s Passover posts and found this. We’re not going to my mom’s this year, but the issues we confront are the same every year. More about this year’s solution, and how we maintain a loving, […]

Jewish children’s books that stand the test of time

posted by Homeshuling

I write a lot about contemporary Jewish children’s books. It’s a topic I care a lot about as a parent, a teacher and an author. I think the quality of these books has, overall, increased enormously since I was a […]

Shalom Sesame, or, is Jake Gyllenhaal really Jewish?

posted by Homeshuling

My kids didn’t watch Sesame Street when they were little. But last year, they received the entire run of the Muppet Show on dvd. So, it’s not surprising that their favorite parts of Shalom Sesame‘s It’s Passover, Grover feature those […]

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Teaching the Four Questions to young children
One of the greatest privileges of being a kindergarten teacher in a Jewish day school is having the opportunity to teach children to recite the four questions. Unlike almost anything else I teach them about Jewish ritual, this is "real work." The candles will get blessed, kiddush will be recited, an

posted 7:36:03am Apr. 01, 2012 | read full post »

Guess what's Kosher for Passover (this will change your life.)
I'm not exaggerating. The bane of my Passover existence has been pareve baking. I cook a lot more meat during the holiday than I do the rest of the year, which means a lot more pareve desserts. Which has, up until now, usually meant margarine made from disgusting ingredients such as cottonseed oi

posted 5:02:27pm Mar. 22, 2012 | read full post »

Why I love the New American Haggadah (and it's not just because I got to have a martini with Nathan Englander.)
I'm not a haggadah junkie. I know many Jews whose shelves are overflowing with numerous versions of the Haggadah - from the traditional Maxwell House to the not-so-traditional Santa Cruz - and whose seders are an amalgam of commentaries, poems, and (alas) responsive readings, from these dog-eared, p

posted 9:25:37pm Mar. 14, 2012 | read full post »

Best Hamentashen Ever, even better. And, a Purim opera.
This time of year, I'm always excited when I look at my google analytics and see that people have landed at my blog by searching for "hamentashen recipe". I love the idea of people all over the world making my great-grandmother's fabulous hamentashen, the same ones my mom made with me and that I mak

posted 7:13:38pm Mar. 05, 2012 | read full post »


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