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Is it or Isn’t it kosher for Passover

5 Mar

This year Passover will be very different for me. The first being that I am not joining my parents and siblings for the Passover Seder. The second being that I now have different Passover traditions as a married lady.

I still subscribe to the notion that when a woman gets married, she takes on her husband’s traditions. We have to do a bit of research to figure out what Eitan’s father’s family kept and then incorporate the traditions of Israel (as this is our home and this is where Eitan was born and raised).  This Passover will be strange for me since I grew up in a house that followed hasidic traditions of not mixing matzah and liquids (g’brucht) which was very strict.  Truth be told, I had a heart to heart with my father two years ago and he agreed to allow me to change my tradition to mix matzah and liquid. Yes, I felt the need to ask him to change my tradition but not go the full way and ask my Rabbi what he thinks.

Now throw in the possibility of not only eating matzah and liquids, I might even be able to eat  kitniyot  (rice, beans). I am not sure I am comfortable with consuming it but that doesn’t mean we can’t have it in our house.

My mom sent me the Star-K Comprehensive Information & Product Guide for Passover. I grew up reviewing that list or one like it to see if my hair products, make up and medicines were found on the “not kosher for passover” list.  For a long time I have not subscribed to the notion that unedible items have to be kosher for passover.  But just in case some of you readers do want to flip through this list, here you go

I hope that for anyone enjoying a seder, it is an enjoyable experience. Have fun with it. Lighten it up. Pretend you are a kid again and find interesting ways to tell the Exodus story.

Oh, and don’t eat too much matzah. We  all know what happens if you do.

Out of the Four Sons, I am the Wicked One

26 Apr

I came across an article in the Heeb Magazine titled “The Wicked Child”  by Amy Klein and felt the need to share it.

You see, in my family I am the “Wicked Child”. I am not the “Wise” one, nor am I the “Simple” one or even the one that “Doesn’t Know how to Ask”.

I am the one that understands the rules and has walked away from some most of them.

Amy, the author of the article writes:  I explain that the Wicked Child asks them all about the “worship” they do, not the “faith” they have. “The Wicked Child doesn’t have a problem with their belief system, with their believing in God. He just has a problem with how they go about it…..” 

Go read the article in full.

Allison’s Visit

12 Apr

I am not yet up for writing a long blogpost about my best friend’s recent visit to Israel but I will share with you some photos from her week here.

We mostly wandered around Tel Aviv (Nachalat Shivah, Neve Tzedek, Yaffo,) and the Old City in Jerusalem.

Plus Allison was here for newest addition to my family – a new niece born an hour before Passover began. Why not make life more interesting, right?

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