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Monday, April 18, 2011

Pesach adventures

If it seems like I've been talking about holidays A LOT lately, you're right! It's major holiday season over at the Starr household. It seems that it was only yesterday when I was happily hoarding my mounds of candy from Purim, and now the kitchen is all cleaned and scrubbed for Passover, the leftover cookies and cakes from Purim donated to Ike down the hall.

This photo is from last year, but the view hasn't changed much:

Hmmm-where did I put those mixing bowls last year? They're quite nice, aren't they?

Aluminum foil. A (Pesach) girl's best friend.

As you can see.

Pesach, aka Passover, is where we celebrate the Jews being freed after hundreds of years of slavery in Egypt. At the seder, I'm always amazed at the many stories of redemption in Jewish history--the many, many incidents where you wouldn't think we'd make it out, but we did. Since my grandparents are both Holocaust survivors who actually experienced losing their freedom for several years, seeing them read the words of the seder has extra meaning.

As I read in article recently, Pesach is G-d's way of telling us: I saved you. And I will save you again. (from Chabad.org)

And if I drop off the face of the earth for the next few days (unless you're in brooklyn, in which case, come say hi!), you now know why! On the first and last days of Pesach we follow similar rules to the Sabbath, where we don't use the computer, write, etc. Just a whole lot of quality time:)

And since I'm digging around my house for ideas, what's YOUR favorite non-wheat snack?


  1. I love reading your blog~We went to Isreal 10 years ago and enjoyed it very much~our oldest converted to Judaism. I'm a follower~would love for you to vist my blog and consider following.

  2. That is a lot of aluminum foil! Have a great time with your family!

  3. Enjoy your holiday! Happy Passover!

  4. I've been eating a ton of homemade trail mix lately - raw almonds, shelled pistachios (expensive though), pepitos (shelled, raw pumpkin seeds), raw sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, dried cherries, and just a few yogurt covered raisins and chocolate chips... Pretty yum when I need a high protein filler.

  5. Wow, again I learn so much from coming here Keshet! Have a wonderful holiday with your family and friends!

  6. I'm a big fan of nuts - almonds, pecans and brazil nuts especially. And now I'm so curious about the aluminum foil - what exactly is its purpose?

  7. I'm curious about the foil as well!

  8. Enjoy the holiday Keshet! Swedish fish are a current fave. Completely wheat free! Is the tin foil to make your counters and stove Kosher?

  9. great idea with the foil, strawberries or nuts are my fave snacks

  10. This is all very interesting, but I'm confused about the foil. You might be on to something though. Perhaps I should foil a kid or two and then I could recycle it when I need a new roll.

  11. Ha, the foil is just to cover the stovetop, countertop and other surfaces so theyre kosher for passover! I can explain in more detail if anyone's interested:). I think your idea has potential, dav!

  12. Enjoy the Seder tonight! I live carrots + hummus for a quick snack.

  13. no computer & lots of quality time sounds lovely! i think everyone should have a holiday like this!

  14. Enjoy your time. I know I could use a little less (ok a lot less) time tied to the computer!

  15. I had a ton of Kalamata olives today. I assume there's no wheat. Have a restful, fulfilling Pesach!

  16. yep, veggies and hummus like lisa said!

    i hope your don drumm piece made it safely and on time : )

  17. I'm with the other poster who commented that we could all use time away from the computer and have quality time. I found myself getting teary-eyed at thinking about your grandparents, who survived the Holocaust, reading the words for the seder. I would have to have a box of kleenex with me if I was present. Happy Passover!

  18. So interesting! Have a fabulous holiday Keshet!

  19. Love learning about your traditions! Enjoy Passover with your family!

  20. sausage of course!!
    Happy passover!

  21. Yes, I'm interested! Explain more about eating 'kosher.' I would love to know all about it! Have a great holiday with your family!

  22. I love reading your blog because I learn so much, and I feel your faith oozing out of every word.

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