Posted: March 18, 2020||
IN PROGRESS: Food for Thought: Making Mindful Connections to Our Passover Meals
A well-known New York chef recently embarked on a mission to explore why some matzah—at least in his opinion—tastes better than others. He had enjoyed shmura matzah, which means "guarded” or “watched,” and in tracing the matzah back from the bakery to the field where the wheat grew, found a new appreciation for the entire matzah-making process.
Guarding against chametz begins with the grain, from harvest through to milling. Rabbinic scrutiny ensures that the wheat ripens in the field without use of mechanical driers or chemicals, and is harvested at the ideal moment when moisture content is between 13 and 15 percent.
"The requirement for close inspections means I’m observing things that would otherwise go unnoticed,” said Klaas Martens, a grain farmer, in the New York Times story. “I apply it to oth
Posted: March 18, 2020||
Here is a checklist to get you started on planning.
Planning a seder? Start by considering your guest list. Who’s coming largely dictates what kind of haggadah to use. Using the right haggadah makes a big difference in how participants experience the seder.
Other factors to consider: The length of the seder you want and its tone (solemn, inquisitive, or with a touch of whimsy). This guide will help lead you in the right direction.
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by Deborah G
Deepen the holiday learning by focusing on the big ideas to make best use of your limited time and attention spans to create rich learning.
Enjoy these simple, ready-to-go activities focused on Purim and its big themes.
For Your Youngest Learners
Movement and mindfulness
Try this activity about bravey - a Purim theme - from the freshly updated Let’s Discover the Holidays series of 4-page folders: Tell children to tilt their heads up and stand straight and tall. Or try making strong muscles in their arms. Invite children to make a circle and do the activity with brave poses. Encourage them to notice where in their bodies they feel brave. (in my muscles; in my heart; my brain; my arms and legs) Suggest they try another pose and see if their brave feeling changes too. Have them create a pose that shows what bravery feels like i
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By Deborah Gross-Zuchman
This concise haggadah contains the essential elements for a short, authentic seder. Its small trim size, straightforward text, and bright collage art will capture the attention of all seder participants and spark lively conversation about social justice, freedom, and history. Ideal for the host or seder leader who wants to run a short but meaningful seder, bring a modern sensibility and fresh language to the observance, and add beauty to the seder table.
What we overheard when we showed it at the URJ Biennial in December: “This has all the parts I want and none of the stuff I usually have to skip over!! And the good songs, too!”
Posted: January 15, 2020||
The holiday offers an entryway to helping students explore the Jewish values of Bal Tashchit (“do not destroy”), bettering the environment and creating a greener, more abundant world for themselves and for others.
By teaching, we repay our debts to our own teachers, and we keep planting the seeds that nourish the next generation of teachers.