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Apr 9 2014

The Glamorous Housewife’s Guide to Hosting Your First Passover Seder

By at 10:05 am

The Glamorous Housewife's Guide to Hosting Your First Seder

If you have been following along with my Shabbat tutorials, you will realize that it only takes a little bit of planning to create a wonderful meal for family and friends. The same holds true if you are planning to host this year’s seder. It might seem like an overwhelming task the first time you try, but if you break each section up into smaller components and start a few days ahead of time, you should be able to hold a beautiful seder with very little anxiety.

Here is the checklist of what is included in a seder celebration:

- Guest list: Who is coming?

- Menu: What are you serving for dinner?

- Haggadah for each person at the meal.

- Seder plate, plus what goes on it.

- Salt water for the table.

- Wine and a goblet or glass for blessings.

- Elijah’s cup. Read the rest of this entry →

Apr 8 2014

What’s Your Exodus: Breaking Free from Overworking & Maternity Pants

By at 4:22 pm

As Passover approaches, we asked our readers and writers: What do you need an exodus from? Today we hear from four more Kveller writers as part of our “What’s Your Exodus?” series. 

From Courtney Naliboff:

Courtney Naliboff "What's Your Exodus?"

I want to break free from my maternity pants! The feeling seems to be mutual. Even with a full panel, they are trying to break free from me. Rocked the plumber’s crack doing yard work today. Why won’t it warm up so I can spend the last few weeks of my pregnancy drifting around in muu muus???

From Alina Adams:

Like I wrote in my piece about God smiting me with shingles, I have got to exit out of my compulsion to overwork and learn how to relax. I figure I should get the hang of it… in 40 years or so. :) Read the rest of this entry →

Everyone Made a Passover “Frozen” Parody This Year–Check Out Our Top Five

By at 2:25 pm

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If your kids can’t get enough of “Frozen,” they will love this year’s overload of Passover parody videos. Not all Passover “Frozen” parodies are created equal, though, so we’ve selected our five favorites. Each one sillier and more absurd than the next, these spoofs of “Let it Go” will have your family singing “Let Us Go,” all Passover long.

Enjoy!

1. The Grown Up version. From Congregation B’nai Shalom in Westborough, MA. There is a nice contrast between frowning geriatric Pharaoh who occasionally raises his staff, and the grinning temple congregants–who look like they might be your parents–performing as back-up dancers.

2. The Teen Version. This charming ukulele version from The Weber School in Atlanta, GA is like the kids’ answer to the previous parody. Created by students and teachers of the school, it addresses what young people hate most about the seder (zzzzz….) and helps bring the haggadah to life. It even comes with an attached lesson plan. Read the rest of this entry →

After Emergency Rescue, Is it Fair to Judge the Couple Who Brought Young Daughters on Sailing Journey?

By at 12:10 pm
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via Eric Kaufman/YouTube

 

A story on the cover of the New York Times this morning has stirred quite the parenting storm–pun completely intended.

2 Tots, a Sailboat and a Storm Over Parenting” is about the Kaufman family, who decided to go on a months-long journey in a 36-foot sailboat from Mexico to New Zealand with their 1- and 3-year-old daughters in tow. Less than two weeks later, 900 miles off the coast of Mexico, the adventuresome family had to call for emergency help when they could no longer steer the ship. Their younger daughter, Lyra, was covered in a rash and had a fever, but everyone is safe and stable now.

Cue the opinions. Read the rest of this entry →

Five Paleo Diet Food Blogs That are Perfect for Passover Cooking

By at 11:04 am

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In many ways, I’m the last person who should be writing an article about cooking for Passover. My family went on a Passover cruise the year I turned 12, and after experiencing what it was like to opt out of cleaning and cooking, my parents never looked back. So I’ve never really cooked for Passover. Don’t hate me for that, though, because I cook Passover food every day.

My husband and I adhere to a Paleo diet, which means that we don’t eat any grains, legumes, soy, dairy or refined sugar. We aren’t doing it to be trendy, or even to lose weight (though it’s a welcome side effect). Eating this way reduces inflammation in the body and is a very effective way to fight off chronic illness. The secret to sticking with it lies in the kitchen. Paleo recipes are so delicious; I never miss the things I used to love.

By default, any Paleo recipe that doesn’t include seeds (if you avoid kitniyot), pork or shellfish is Kosher for Passover. Accordingly, Paleo opens up a whole new universe of Passover recipes. Let me get you started with five of my favorite Paleo recipe blogs. Read the rest of this entry →

Apr 7 2014

Top 10 Kitschiest Passover Seder Gifts of All Time

By at 7:00 pm

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It’s never too early to start prepping for Passover. There is an endless list of food and Judaica items you will need in order to create the perfect seder. These things are not on it.

If you are smart, you will bail on the sh*tstorm that is Passover planning by attending a friend or relative’s seder. And when you arrive–spouse and kiddies in tow–you should bring a gift. Sort of a “thank you for hosting”/ “sorry for the inevitable toddler-induced grape juice stains on your white table cloth” kind of gift.

We can help. These Passover products range from funny, to gross, to just plain ridiculous. They are absolutely unnecessary, but fun nonetheless, and may bring a little levity to an otherwise solemn holiday.  Read the rest of this entry →

News Roundup: Can Electroconvulsive Therapy Help Children With Autism?

By at 4:24 pm

 All the parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.

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-One mother shares her experience using electroconvulsive therapy to soothe her child with autism. Once debilitated by violent outbursts, today her son plays well with his siblings and is even learning Hebrew. (Slate)

-The New York Times published a guide for women on how to ask for a raise, explaining that they are at a higher risk of sounding demanding and unlikeable. (New York Times)

-One dad makes the case for using piggy banks to teach your child fiscal responsibility, but not savings accounts, which kids see as punishment. (Motherlode)

-Melanie Notkin on the awkward conversations that happen at the seder table when you are over 40, childless, and single. (JTA)

-Over one million Evenflo carseats have been recalled due to a problematic seat belt which gets stuck easily, making it difficult to retrieve the baby. (NBC)

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What’s Your Exodus: Breaking Free from Hiding My Same-Sex Marriage & More Reader Responses

By at 3:37 pm

As Passover approaches, we asked our readers and writers: What do you need an exodus from? Today we hear from four Kveller readers as part of our “What’s Your Exodus?” series. 

From Rita Collins:

"what's your exodus?"

I think twice about telling co-workers or customers that I’m married to a person of the same sex when I meet them. When they talk freely about their spouses of the opposite sex sometimes I feel like I’m shackled by fear of their reaction, especially if they are very religious (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or otherwise). I need an exodus from my own self-conscious embarrassment that is only brought on by me. Some will support and some will treat me with disdain, but that isn’t the fear I need to be free from…it is the fear that the ones who treat me with disdain are right. I need to love openly with a full heart and know that they are wrong and then it won’t matter to me what they or anyone thinks. I’m a woman, and I love my wife and I love our children. Read the rest of this entry →

The Disturbing Reaction to a Certain NY Mets Player’s Paternity Leave

By at 1:47 pm

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When NY Mets second baseman, Daniel Murphy, got word that his pregnant wife’s water broke on Sunday night, March 30th, he traveled from New York to their home in Florida, arriving in time for the birth of his first-born child, Noah, via C-section. Murphy then took the three days paternity leave permitted for Major League Baseball players to be with his wife before returning to the team. He missed two games including the Mets home opener.

Murphy has now come under fire on a few radio shows for choosing to be with his wife instead of immediately rejoining the team.

I immediately felt a fire within myself when I heard this criticism. Read the rest of this entry →

Mama’s First Brisket: A Passover Tale

By at 11:30 am

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This Passover, I’m in charge of the brisket.

In our family, briskets are served steaming with a large measure of pride and a pinch of vanity.

In my house growing up, holidays meant eating in the dining room on the large chairs with rose velvet cushions, and using our fancy china with tiny pink flowers. And despite the fact that my father always bought my mother a gigantic bouquet of flowers on the eve of a holiday, the brisket was the real centerpiece of our dining room table. Read the rest of this entry →

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