Conservatives embrace getting rid of Kitniyots--not a reason for Orthodox to keep it.
Kosher for Passover: Changing Rules in Modern Times This November, the Conservative movement in the United States followed a 1989 decision of the Israeli Conservative movement and ruled that kitniyot are now considered kosher for Passover. April 16, 2016
I distinctly remember standing in the Hillel dining hall during my freshman year of college, and a friend of Persian background explaining to me that she could eat rice and beans during Passover because she had Sephardic heritage. I was pretty sure my ancestors were from Eastern Europe, but I found myself wondering if I should embark on a genealogy project to determine whether I might have had at least one Sephardic relative in my lineage, giving me carte blanche to enjoy sushi (not just sashimi) and peanut butter (not with the sushi) during Passover.
Peanut butter? Why isn't peanut butter kosher for Passover? Well, it turns out peanuts are not nuts, but rather legumes (fun cocktail party fact with which to amuse your friends!), so they are not kosher for Passover according to some Ashkenazi standards.
Oy! These rules are enough to make your head spin. We just want to know what's kosher for Passover and what's not, but it no longer seems simple. And that's because it's not. I even picked up a box of matzah at the grocery store this week that was clearly labeled "not kosher for Passover." Why would anyone eat matzah not during Passover?! There are far more delicious foods to eat the other 51 weeks of the year!
During Passover, Jews are traditionally prohibited from eating foods that contain chametz. Chametz includes leavened bread, or anything else that isn't matzah and is made with wheat, barley, oats, spelt or rye. Ashkenazic tradition has historically also prohibited kitniyot: rice, corn, soy, millet, beans, peas and pretty much any other legume, or anything deriving from those products, like corn syrup, tofu or soy oil. Similarly, seeds like mustard, sesame and fennel are also avoided during Passover.
Times are changing though. This November, the Conservative movement in the United States followed a 1989 decision of the Israeli Conservative movement and ruled that kitniyot are now considered kosher for Passover. The decision took into consideration the lack of healthy options for packaged kosher for Passover food, and its high cost, as well as a desire to unite American Jews with Israeli Jews. And it acknowledged that the reasons for the initial Passover ban of rice and legumes in the 1200s really lacked cogent reasons. Even if the reasons made sense hundreds of years ago—when different types of food were more likely to be mistaken for one another or inadvertently mixed—they don't necessarily make sense in our modern world of well-labeled food.
So, rules are changing for Passover. But I take the same approach to Passover as I do with most Jewish traditions. My advice: Figure out what kind of Passover food experience is meaningful for you. Do Passover dietary restrictions resonate for you? If so, decide what it would mean for you to limit food options for a week, and consider what's going to make you feel connected to Judaism and feel good about the food choices you're making for your body and the impact of your eating on the world. Whatever you do and don't eat, may the holiday be a meaningful one.
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How Is This Cheesecake Different From All Other Cheesecakes? It's kosher for Passover. So, forget that dry sponge cake and that can of macaroons. Here's a Lithuanian dessert that'll make you wish the holiday lasted for more than eight days. By Joan Nathan
Passover Cheesecake Adapted from The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook by Fania Lewando
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1 tablespoon matzo meal 6 large eggs 2 cups farmer or ricotta cheese 1/3 cup sugar 2 tablespoons sour cream 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon Dash of salt 1 cup blueberries, plus more for garnish 4 matzos 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and brush the bottom and sides of a 9-inch spring form pan with about one tablespoon of the melted butter, and then sprinkle with matzo meal.
2. Separate 3 eggs and set the whites aside. Put 4 tablespoons of the melted butter in a bowl and stir in the cheese, 3 whole eggs, 3 egg yolks, the sugar, sour cream, cinnamon, and salt. Mix until creamy, then gently fold in the blueberries.
3. Whisk the 3 leftover egg whites on high using an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Carefully fold into the cheese mixture.
4. Soak the matzos in cold water for 5 minutes. Line the bottom and sides of the spring form pan with half the matzos to make a thick layer of crust and pour in the cheese batter. Layer the remaining matzos on top and brush with remaining butter. If you like, sprinkle a little cinnamon sugar on top.
5. Place in the middle rack and bake in the oven for 60 to 70 minutes or until golden and crispy on top. Cool and serve with additional berries for garnish.
Yield: 10 to 12 servings
Here is something different an adults only Cannabis Seder!!
This Third Night, Adults-Only Seder is Sure to "Spark Up" Meaningful Conversations Around Your Seder Table. The first (official) Passover Cannabis Seder was sponsored by David Bronner of Dr. Bronner's and hosted in Portland, Oregon in 2015. The goal: celebrate our new-found, hard-fought freedoms and inspire others to help others to freedom in their own communities. This year, we would love to see Cannabis Seders all across the globe! Whether you're in Montevideo or Manhattan Beach, Ashkelon or Ann Arbor, chances are people in your community are working to abolish cannabis prohibition and bring the ruinous Drug War to an end. Like the freedom seders of the 1960s or the Refuseniks of the 1980s, Cannabis Seders create new conversations, build new connections and celebrate our God-given spiritual and legal freedoms.
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This seder is a project of Le'Or, an official 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to raising awareness around the issue of mass incarceration in the Jewish Community.
Dr. Seuss' Four Questions
Dr. Seuss' Four Questions Source: www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~elsegal/Uncle_Eli/Eli.html The Four Questions
Why is it only on Passover night we never know how to do anything right? We don't eat our meals in the regular ways, the ways that we do on all other days.
'Cause on all other nights we may eat all kinds of wonderful good bready treats, like big purple pizza that tastes like a pickle, crumbly crackers and pink pumpernickel, sassafras sandwich and tiger on rye, fifty felafels in pita, fresh-fried, with peanut-butter and tangerine sauce spread onto each side up-and-down, then across, and toasted whole-wheat bread with liver and ducks, and crumpets and dumplings, and bagels and lox, and doughnuts with one hole and doughnuts with four, and cake with six layers and windows and doors. Yes-- on all other nights we eat all kinds of bread, but tonight of all nights we munch matzo instead.
And on all other nights we devour vegetables, green things, and bushes and flowers, lettuce that's leafy and candy-striped spinach, fresh silly celery (Have more when you're finished!) cabbage that's flown from the jungles of Glome by a polka-dot bird who can't find his way home, daisies and roses and inside-out grass and artichoke hearts that are simply first class! Sixty asparagus tips served in glasses with anchovy sauce and some sticky molasses-- But on Passover night you would never consider eating an herb that wasn't all bitter.
And on all other nights you would probably flip if anyone asked you how often you dip. On some days I only dip one Bup-Bup egg in a teaspoon of vinegar mixed with nutmeg, but sometimes we take more than ten thousand tails of the Yakkity-birds that are hunted in Wales, and dip them in vats full of Mumbegum juice. Then we feed them to Harold, our six-legged moose. Or we don't dip at all! We don't ask your advice. So why on this night do we have to dip twice?
And on all other nights we can sit as we please, on our heads, on our elbows, our backs or our knees, or hang by our toes from the tail of a Glump, or on top of a camel with one or two humps, with our foot on the table, our nose on the floor, with one ear in the window and one out the door, doing somersaults over the greasy k'nishes or dancing a jig without breaking the dishes. Yes-- on all other nights you sit nicely when dining-- So why on this night must it all be reclining?
Israel benifits to US
Please bring up this video and watch it. I found out so many things that I didn't know. It seems that Israel has really helped save many American lives. Wow!