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Pussy Grabs Back Deviled Eggs for Passover

I don’t like vulgarity. I love words – written, read, spoken. My professional life as a rabbi and an editor is based on words and their import. Words and how they’re used matter, and are to be carefully considered. When my … Continue reading

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Nevertheless, She Persisted: A New Passover Dish

This year there will be an additional vegetable dish on my seder table, a colorful, savory roasted cauliflower pie called Nevertheless, She Persisted. It’s an homage to the too-often underestimated cauliflower, as well as a shout-out of gratitude to the … Continue reading


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Spring, Hope, and Passover Pistachio Lemon Cookies

Renewal. Rebirth. Green shoots breaking through the dirt. Known also as Chag HaAviv, “the Spring Holiday,” Passover is part religious ritual, part people-building exercise, and part springtime rite. Whether it arrives in cold, rainy March, or flowerful April, Passover always … Continue reading

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A Sukkot Harvest Recipe: Balsamic Roasted Squash With Pears and Pecans

When my kids were growing up, we put up a sukkah every year. It wasn’t necessarily the most beautiful or creative sukkah, but there it was, in our Brooklyn backyard. In the last few years, as my life has taken … Continue reading

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Honey Cake for a Sweet New Year

Part of my sermon writing and service preparation ritual is baking. Though I am not a congregational rabbi, this is the one time a year when I regularly have congregational responsibilities. For the last 18 years I have served as … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Pumpkin Challah

After posting some photos of the annual Thanksgiving pumpkin challah, I got a lot of requests for the recipe. My tradition is to go to beloved cousins for an actual Thanksgiving dinner, and then to host a Shabbat post-Thanksgiving dinner … Continue reading

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The Meat Compromise, and a Recipe for Vegetarian “Chopped Liver”

We all make compromises for those we love. I have been a non-meat-eater since 1981. Though I confess to eating my mother’s chicken broth once a year at her seder, aside from that I have not eaten meat or chicken since I was a senior … Continue reading

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Tradition and Change, and a Recipe for Tri-Color Gefilte Fish Terrine

My mother emailed me yesterday, nostalgic about Passovers past. She had opened a cookbook to begin her prep, and in it found a recipe card written in my grandmother’s handwriting for Pesach mandelbrot. I’ve always loved Passover but the truth … Continue reading

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Unchanging Change: Passover Cooking

I’m obsessively organized when it comes to Passover.  On my hard drive are lists, schedules, and menus.  I make slight updates every year, but there are no radical changes.  While a tremendous amount of work is involved, Passover prep here … Continue reading

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Passover Culinary Midrash

Seder food is typically heavy – not only because of all the matza and matzah meal and brisket and potatoes, but also it is laden with layers  of symbolism and meaning.  The bitter herbs, the charoset, the salt water, the … Continue reading


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