Hello dear readers, A popular story about the invention of the sandwich involves an English nobleman titled the Earl of Sandwich, after whom the sandwich is obviously named. In the story, the Earl asked for his meat to be brought between two pieces of bread, such that he could eat with one hand and continue ...

Hello dear readers, So, you’ve decided to go away this Pesach! I would say that’s a wise choice. Don’t get me wrong, I love being at home as much as the next person, but Pesach can be super stressful, so I’m all for going away for Pesach. I guess it’s like spring break, except instead ...

Hello dear readers, I was thinking about the exodus recently, and what the first Pesach was like. The Jews in Egypt sat frightened in their slave houses and ate wearing their traveling clothes so they would be ready to go. They ate matzah because they didn’t have time for their bread to rise, and left ...

Hello dear readers, Pesach is the holiday of the spring, and the spring is the time of newness and rebirth. It’s time for new plants and new beginnings. Springtime is the beginning of the Jewish people’s nationhood, and it is one of the four dates listed as a Jewish new year (the firsts of Nissan, ...

Hello dear readers, Pesach is the holiday of the spring, so it’s a good time to turn over a new leaf, so to speak. Before pesach, that means spring cleaning, both cleaning the house of chametz but also cleaning the house in general. Here are some tips for cleaning the house before pesach arrives: 1. ...

Hello dear readers, Some of you may be staying home for pesach this year. And you know what? Staycations can be fun, too! Sleeping in your own bed, going to your own shul, not having to worry about changing your electrical plugs (if you’re going overseas that is). But if you are going away for ...

Hello dear readers, So you’ve decided to book a kosher pesach vacation. Congratulations! Much like the ancient Israelites, you’ve made the wise and courageous decision to leave home and take your family to leave the mundane world behind! (At least for a week or two). Whether it’s to Florida, Arizona, Italy or somewhere else (thanks ...

Hello dear readers, I’m sure that many of you parents out there have a son or daughter with a messy room, and in our family, that’s Ronit. Clothes in piles, shoes scattered all over the place, wrappers and empty bags and receipts and old magazines from five years ago. We tell her, Ronit Go-neat, but ...

Hello dear readers, Yesterday I was looking at a beautiful watercolor painting of a desert that my daughter Ronit made in art class. (Also, is it weird to make a watercolor of a waterless desert?) For some reason it got me thinking about the connection between the desert and the holiday of Pesach. I know ...