Pesach

Pesach proves 'justice and human dignity will prevail', says Ed Miliband

By Rosa Doherty, April 1, 2015

Ed Miliband has said he is inspired by the Jewish community and is proud to be a part of it in his Pesach message.

In a letter to British Jews the Labour leader said: “I want to send my warmest good wishes to the entire British Jewish community.

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Edinburgh students union accused of antisemitism over pre-Pesach boycott vote

By Naomi Firsht, March 31, 2015

The president of Edinburgh Jewish Society has accused the student union of antisemitism for refusing to postpone a vote on boycotting Israel to be held the day before Pesach.

Emma Dubin, Edinburgh JSoc president, found out on Monday that a motion proposing a commercial and cultural boycott of Israel was on the agenda for the last student council meeting before the Easter holidays on Thursday.

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Passover story gives hope to today’s oppressed peoples, says David Cameron

By Marcus Dysch, March 30, 2015

The story of Pesach can give hope to those who are oppressed around the world, David Cameron has said.

In his Passover message to British Jews, the Prime Minister called for increased efforts to bring peace to areas of conflict.

Mr Cameron said: “In so many countries, families and friends will be coming together to celebrate the freedom of their ancestors.

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Passover bagels

By Nir Elkayam, March 19, 2015

This salmon and cream cheese bagel, complete with a hard crust and fluffy inside makes a great brunch dish for Pesach.

Makes about 20 bagels

Ingredients:
400ml water
100ml oil (vegetable) or 100g margarine
30g sugar
10g salt
400g matzah cake meal
8 eggs
1 egg mixed with little water for glazing bagels
Optional: sea salt or crushed walnuts for sprinkling over the bagels

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Lego creator is bricking it for Pesach

By Josh Jackman, March 19, 2015

Children have played with Lego for decades, but now they can add a Jewish element to their fun, with a Seder plate, tzedakah box and IDF soldier (right) all on offer.

Yitzy Kasowitz, a professional Lego builder from Minnesota in the United States, is selling the models as part of his Jbrick project.

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'I cannot understand why prices are so high'

By Naomi Firsht, March 19, 2015

Shoppers preparing for Pesach in Golders Green are resigned to an eye-watering till receipt. It is not uncommon for those entertaining during the festival to spend a four-figure amount on food and drink.

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Rabbi says shoppers are being exploited

By Naomi Firsht, March 19, 2015

The principal rabbi of a major north-London Reform community attributes the high cost of Pesach items to Jews exploiting their brethren, arguing that the message of the festival is being lost amid the retail frenzy.

"I think a lot of people get lost in the consumerism of Pesach and forget the essence of it," says Finchley Reform's Rabbi Miriam Berger.

"If we're meant to be remembering the bi

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Charities meet the calls for cash and emotional support

By Naomi Firsht, March 19, 2015

Welfare charities are experiencing an upsurge in demand before Pesach as observant clients seek help with meeting the high cost of festival food and drink. But charity chiefs are also reporting increasing calls for emotional support.

Mark Cunningham, chief operating officer of Manchester's main welfare charity, The Fed, describes the festival as "a bit of an emotional watershed.

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I hate Pesach but this year's plague of matzos will be different for me

By Fiona Leckerman, March 5, 2015

In a foolishly absentminded moment, I took a bite of my daughter's chocolate muffin. Had I not been lured by her leftovers, I would not have had an anaphylactic reaction in the midst of her birthday party.

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