Ep. 266: Everything you need for an out-of-this-world Passover Seder, with help from some friends
This week, we’re kicking off our Passover celebration live from the Oppenheimer home. Mark is joined by his children as they sit around the Seder table and wonder where, exactly, these Passover traditions came from.
Helping them along the way are co-hosts Stephanie and Liel, and a near minyan of all-star guests.
First, historian and Tablet columnist Jenna Weissman Joselit expounds on the material culture associated with the home-based holiday—Seder plates, matzo covers, and afikoman bags—and wonders why Jewish ritual objects don’t always rise to the level of beauty of our other cherished home items. (Stephanie offers some holiday favorites that are as beautiful as they are functional: Seder plates from Isabel Halley Ceramics, Judaica Standard Time, Via Maris, and Apeloig Collection.)
Then we talk to family therapist (and Mark’s sister-in-law!) Dr. Jessica Grogan, who tells us how the rigid archetypes of the Four Children can serve as a useful counterexample for how we see our own children.
Adam Teeter of Vinepair shares the secrets of how wine can unlock memories through your olfactory system. Rabbi Gabi Weinberg from The Bnai Zion Foundation shares a story about the significance of buying matzo—and keeping the receipts—in his family. Dovid Bashevkin explains why Passover is such a big deal in the of Jewish holidays.
The hosts interview Ben Freeman about his new book, Jewish Pride: Rebuilding a People, and makes the case that Passover is a holiday all about Jewish pride.
And finally, our favorite cantorial student, Jacob Sandler, returns to the show to teach the hosts that there is more fun to be had after the Seder meal, specifically in the singing of “Hallel.”
Check out last year’s Passover episode, “Our Socially Distanced Seder Guide,” for more on hosting a Seder on your own or for the first time.
Need a Haggadah? Check out Tablet’s The Passover Haggadah: An Ancient Story for Modern Times.
Upcoming virtual events:
Thursday, March 25 — Stephanie will be prepping for Passover with Jake Cohen, author of the new cookbook Jew-ish. Join them for cooking and conversation, presented by the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, at 5 p.m. EDT. Register here.
Later that evening, Stephanie will be interviewing Menachem Kaiser about his new book, Plunder: A Memoir of Family Property and Nazi Treasure, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, at 7 p.m. EDT. Register here.
Thursday, April 29 — Stephanie will be moderating Rachel Bloom and Tovah Feldshuh in “A Conversation Between a (Television) Daughter and Mother,” presented by The Jewish Museum and the Jewish Book Council, 7 p.m. EDT. Register here.
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“The Telling: How Judaism’s Essential Book Reveals the Meaning of Life” is a new book by Mark Gerson all about the Passover Haggadah. This book enables readers to make the Seder what it should be: the most interesting, inspiring, and memorable night of the Jewish year. Find out more and get your copy at thetellingpassover.com.
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