In LA, Passover comes with a different topping

By Suzanne Levy , April 14, 2014

Fancy a takeaway matzah pizza? A week off email? Or a Seder in the wilderness? American Jews are finding more ways this year to push the boundaries of Passover, propelled by a desire to make it more spiritually meaningful — or just easier to fit into a busy life.


300-year-old haggadah expected to fetch £150,000 at auction

By Sandy Rashty, November 19, 2013

An eighteenth century Hebrew manuscript in expected to fetch between £100,000 and £150,000 when it goes on auction on Friday.

The 1726 haggadah was discovered by an auctioneer at a Jewish home in north Manchester, inside a large Osem cardboard box that originally contained kosher food.


Settlers hand out chametz to Arabs

By Ben Hartman, April 4, 2013

For a third consecutive year, last week Israeli settlers gave their chametz to their Arab neighbours as part of an effort to build bridges between Israelis and Palestinians.

Settlers from seven West Bank settlements gave their leavened bread to a group that distributed the food to Palestinian families. The bread would otherwise have been burned ahead of Passover, in keeping with tradition.


Pyramids and Nanny McPhee

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, March 29, 2013

Pesach again. My, but it comes round quickly. I’ve just done the Passover story at my little daughter’s school. She (aka “Princess O”) goes to a secular school and every year I try to find a different way of telling the pupils the tale of Moses, Pharaoh, the Ten Plagues and the Exodus from Egypt.


When British soldiers were in exile in Babylon

By Anna Sheinman, March 28, 2013

A homemade haggadah used by wartime British troops, which was so basic that its typewritten pages were bound with cardboard packing material, has recently been discovered.


Some perspective

March 28, 2013

On the other hand… As we near the end of Pesach, and the story of a forced exodus, we ought to reflect how lucky we are to live in Britain in 2013. What threats there are to shechita and brit milah are made democratically, are subject to rational argument, and give us the chance to stand up for our religion.


David Cameron wishes Jewish community a happy Pesach

By Sandy Rashty, March 25, 2013

Prime Minister David Cameron has praised the British Jewish community and wished it a happy and peaceful Pesach.

“I send my very best wishes to Jewish communities in Britain and internationally celebrating Passover this year,” he said.


What we were doing last time Pesach was this early, back in 1899

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2013

The last time we sat down to Seder so early in the year, the country had not long before celebrated a diamond jubilee and the community was deep in discussion about international antisemitism and the views of a pope.


A strange Seder: this one is vegan... and has bread

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2013

If you think preparing your kitchen for Pesach is a challenge, imagine how much more difficult the festival is for those who avoid not only chametz, but also meat, fish and all dairy products.

For vegans, a Seder plate featuring a tofu version of a lamb shank or chicken neck, is not an unfamiliar sight.


Eighth plague hits Egypt

By Jennifer Lipman, March 5, 2013

Here’s a mad pre-Pesach coincidence for you.

Reports are emerging of a plague of locusts descending on modern Egypt – a catastrophe that, as you most likely know, marked the eighth stage in the ten biblical plagues visited upon Egypt ahead of the Exodus.

Time magazine has the story: