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(Zissen Pesach) Passover is Nigh!

I’m the first to admit it: I’m a little stressed out by Passover’s (zissen pesach) rapid approach. If, like me, you need a bit of a break from the cleaning, cooking, menu planning, seder prep, and last-minute-bread-and-pasta-binge-fests, take a look at the fun and interesting resources in this post.

Our friends at have just released a free guide to engaging kids and adults together at the seder, written by Jodi Jarvis, Director of Early Childhood / Family Life at Temple Isaiah in Lexington and CJP consultant. This 15-page booklet contains activities, discussion prompts, recipes and more to help prepare your family for Passover and spice up the seder itself. (It’s a great addition to the free Haggadah they released last year!)

Have you heard of Projecting Freedom: Cinematic Interpretations of the Haggadah? I hadn’t either. But I did enjoy their short animated film on maror (bitter herbs), a Passover seder plate staple:

The folks at Jewlicious have decided that, because President Obama uses the Mawell House Haggadah, he’s actually Jewish. Hrm…

Over on Bible Belt Balabusta, helpful tips for for bringing a “this is what Jewish is” show and tell to your child’s classroom, specifically for Passover.

Are any of you in NYC, ordering from the sustainable gefilte fish folk? If so, I’d love a review!

And, I’ll leave you with a blessing for interfaith families, written by Rabbi Frank Tamburello of the Westchester Community for Humanistic Judaism:

A Blessing for the Celebration of Passover and Easter

Again we come to our celebrations of Passover and Easter.
A time to celebrate the ever-newness of the resurrection of the spirit;
and the liberation of the peoples of the earth.
We rejoice in the rebirth of spring, as flowers, fields, and birds
come alive after the long sleep of winter.
May we, during the Easter and Passover season share along with them
the excitement of being alive and being free.

From our ancient traditions, we have prepared ageless signs of life,
bread, herbs, salt, eggs, and the paschal lamb.
These simple gifts have both power and meaning for us:
Bread to give us nourishment, herbs to give our lives healing and flavor,
salt to preserve our hope in a future world of peace;
the egg, the eternal sign of life, and the paschal lamb that represents
the cycle of the seasons.

May these blessed gifts of food grace all who shall partake of them.
May the family table where they are shared be illuminated with the
light of holiday candles, song, and happiness.
And may we be richly blessed with joy and peace. Amen.

A zissen Pesach – a sweet Passover!

Benjamin Maron

Benjamin Maron is the former Director of Content and Editorial Resources for 18Doors.