Next to matzah, the seder plate is the iconic symbol of Passover.
It holds six items that symbolize an aspect of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt. It's designed to help us imagine ourselves in…our ancestors’ shoes — not only are we supposed to tell the story of Passover, we’re supposed to see, smell, taste, and feel it. As traditional as the seder plate may be, there's actually room for some creative flourishes. While most Jewish households stick to the classic six items mentioned in the haggadah — shank… >> Read More
Babies thrive on routine. Unfortunately, that routine can be broken when you spend time in a kosher for Passover home, because yes, lots of baby food (we're looking at you, baby oatmeal!) may not be…kosher. Luckily, thanks to the magic of the internet, there's plenty of kosher for Passover food out there that can ship directly to you, like kosher for Passover baby cereal (yes!) and these kosher for Passover baby fingers. And while many Ashkenazi Jews don't eat kitniyot (corn, rice and other legumes), many are willing to… >> Read More
If you are Jewish, or have Jewish friends, chances are you’ve heard the word “bubbaleh,” as well as some less savory Yiddish terms. It is a diminutive endearment, like “little darling,”…“sweetie,” or “my special little one.” You might gently pinch a child’s cheek and say, “Such a bubbaleh, you are.” And, if you’re on the receiving end, you should feel touched and adored. Back in 1951, my parents and siblings emigrated from a German displaced persons camp to Chicago. Growing up, us kids didn't hear… >> Read More
Molly Yeh, the very darling host of Girl Meets Farm on the Food Network, is a new mom. Mazel!
The cookbook author — who draws inspiration for her gorgeous recipes from her Jewish and Chinese…heritage — and her husband, Nick Hagen, a fifth-generation farmer, welcomed their daughter on March 31. Apparently, she "arrived promptly and calmly on her due date." (We should all be so lucky!) While pregnant, the Emmy-nominated TV host gave her future little one a cute and, some would argue, very Jewish nickname: poppy seed. The… >> Read More
Dahlia Lithwick is a senior editor at Slate, a lawyer, and host of Slate's podcast, Amicus: Law, Justice, and the Courts. She's also one seriously badass Jewish mom who favors the "benign neglect"…method of parenting. This week on Call Your Mother, Jordana Horn and Shannon Sarna get the chance to speak with the Supreme Court expert about everything from not forcing religious beliefs on your kids, her time in living in Charlottesville (yes, that Charlottesville, and how she grapples with the violent, white supremacist events that took… >> Read More