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Rabbi Andy Kastner

How to Eat Matzah

By Rabbi Andy Kastner April 4, 2012

I admit that I have a love affair with matzah.  From the simplicity of matzah spread thick with whipped cream cheese, to the burnt edges of the hand-made shmura matzah.   Yet, there is more to matzah than its mouth feel.  Indeed matzah has personality,...

Rabbi Andy Kastner

Order it your way: On designing the seder

By Rabbi Andy Kastner April 4, 2012

By design, the Passover seder is perhaps the paradigmatic family holiday. Relatives, distant and close, friends, even strangers crowd around the dinner table to laugh, eat and of course to read the Haggadah, telling the story of the Israelites Exodus...

Rabbi Howard Kaplansky serves United Hebrew Congregation and is a member of the St. Louis Rabbinical Association.

JCRC and SLU plan interfaith hunger seder

March 21, 2012

In conjunction with a national mobilization focused on poverty issues, the Jewish Community Relations Council and St. Louis University are organizing an interfaith Hunger Awareness Seder to take place at 5 p.m. Monday, April 2 on the SLU campus.  The...

JCC’s Kitchen J plans Passover seder for community

March 14, 2012

Kitchen J is taking reservations for the First Seder of Passover, Friday, April 6, at the Covenant I Dining Room. Seniors are invited to include their families and friends for the recounting of the story of the Exodus from Egypt over a great meal. The...

A detail of P. 46 of Archie Granots ‘The Papercut Haggadah,
shows the intricacy of the artists work. Image from the collection
of Sandra and Max Thurm.

Cutting-edge art

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light February 22, 2012

In many ways, paper may not seem the most enduring medium but it often represents the strength of traditions that were made to last. Such it is with the Haggadah, an aspect of Passover that, thanks to Israeli artist Archie Granot, has now been rendered...

Gail Appleson is a writer for Armstrong Teasdale LLP and freelancer who lives in St. Louis.
“Dor to Dor,” is an intermittent Jewish Light series looking at various aspects of “grown-up” life and generational connections through the lens of Jewish writers living in the St. Louis area.  
   If you are interested in contributing to Dor to Dor, email efutterman@thejewishlight.com.

At Pesach, remembering Debbie Friedman’s legacy

BY GAIL APPLESON April 13, 2011

As Passover approaches, thoughts of singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman flood my mind.Of course, I will always remember Friedman, who died early this year, for her monumental healing prayer "Mi Shebeirach" and other songs that touched a multitude of people...

The new Maxwell House Haggadah

A few new Passover haggadahs, and a facelift for an old favorite

By Sue Fishkoff, JTA SAN FRANCISCO April 13, 2011

Nearing its 80th birthday, perhaps it was time the most printed Passover Haggadah in history had a major facelift. The Maxwell House Passover Haggadah, which has had more than 50 million copies published, hits the shelves -- and supermarkets -- this spring...

JCC Nutrition plans seders at Covenant/CHAI

April 6, 2011

The JCC Kosher Nutrition Program will hold first and second night seders at the Covenant House I dining room, 10 Millstone Campus Drive. The 4:30 p.m. seders will be led by Lesley Levin (April 18) and Jan Goldman (April 19). Food will be prepared by the...

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