Hoarders, Passover Edition: Cleaning Out Chametz, and Letting Our Clutter Go

Every year, we sweep away crumbs from our cabinets. But we’re often afraid to sweep away stuff we’d be better off without.

What’s the Point of Passover?

Do today’s Seders exist to remember the past, or did past events occur so that they could be remembered later?

Counting the Days of the Omer, Up or Down

Cancer patients find a new perspective on the present and the future in the Jewish ritual of counting the Omer

Passover’s Perennial No-Show

At the Seder, we open the door for Elijah. As a child, I thought he’d actually appear. Then I grew up, and anticipation faded into resignation.

Following the Breadcrumbs

Rabbinical reasoning behind our pre-Passover search for hametz leads Jews through a theological maze, but everything is illuminated at the end

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

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

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

A Different Night

A Washington journalist discusses some of the Christian seders he has thrown

Dead Wrong

A haftorah of rigidity and ritual

Platonic Form

What makes the seder night different? Its Greek roots.

‘I Lift My Lamp’

Including Emma Lazarus in the Passover seder reminds Jews to keep marching toward justice

Repeat Performances

What Jewish rituals and Judaism share with Civil War reenactment and Southern culture

‘Exodus’ Hits Twitter

#Letmypeoplego

Guess Who’s Coming to Seder

A Passover in Berlin stirs up questions of freedom and faith

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