Trans Siberian

Family recipes traveled from the remote Russian region to Japan, California, and finally Providence, R.I., carrying delicious tastes of the Old Country, including an unusual Passover treat

Passover Perfect

More than any other Jewish holiday, Passover can turn mothers into obsessive control freaks. But if we’re to have a meaningful holiday, we have to resist the madness.

Funniest Nights

From setting crumbs on fire to the awkwardness of eating a matzoh-and-salami sandwich, an illustrator recounts her family’s weird and wonderful Passover traditions

Slaving Away

On Passover, we recall that Moses was a stranger in a strange land. An illustrated column imagines how the story might sound in a contemporary Israeli classroom.

Against the Grain

In Israel, milk and eggs are kosher for Passover only when produced by livestock that is chametz-free. A dairy farmer explains how the holiday alters his routine.

About Time: How Early Modern European Calendars Changed Jewish Conceptions of Time

A vivid new scholarly book illuminates how the calendars of early modern Europe—playful, alive, and beautifully designed—reflected and transformed Jewish conceptions of time

Not Kidding

Painter Archie Rand’s 10-piece Had Gadya series—now on view in Philadelphia—underscores the darkness and complexity at the heart of the Seder’s final song

Paschal Lampoon

Forget Purim. Passover has a rich comedic tradition all its own, with parodies of the haggadah mocking everything from rabbis and the rich to Mussolini and Hitler.

iPassover

Holiday smartphone apps offer everything from a simulated candle for ferreting out hametz to a Ten Plagues noisemaker that you never knew you needed

Off the Table

After a kosher-certifying agency deemed quinoa, the South American grain-like seed, Passover-compliant, it’s become a darling of the Passover table. But now rabbis are having doubts.

Plagued

For an unrepentant news junkie, the Seder plate’s symbolism can turn topical, transforming the usual boiled eggs and parsley into delicacies like Qaddafi charoset and bitter Boehner herb

Push-Pull

I became a Jew at the age of 39, and I love my new faith. But learning to embrace Jewish food—especially at Passover—was another story.

Refill

Specialty cocktails inspired by the Seder plate offer the flavors of Passover with a twist

National Treasure

A critical edition of The Washington Haggadah, a 1478 manuscript housed at the Library of Congress, shows how much—and how little—Passover has changed since the 15th century

To the Last Detail

More than 50 million copies of the Maxwell House Haggadah have been distributed since 1932, but a different, lower-profile version of the Passover prayerbook is the quintessential Jewish-American text

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