Coping with a Pesach Baby

A reader is expecting a baby a day or two before Passover, and has always been a week early so far. Unlike most of us, she can't afford to be in denial. It's true we got an extra month this year (Jewish leap year) but Pesach is still creeping up on us. Maybe this will start your wheels turning. . … [Read more...]

State of the House, Passover 2010

Image by Daniel Greene via Flickr State of the house on Erev Pesach, 2010. 5 loads of laundry waited to be sorted 1 load in the machine 1-2 loads of dirty laundry (needs to be finished by mid-day) A kosher-for-Passover kitchen. Barely any chametz to burn, except for ten pieces hidden … [Read more...]

Making a Dishwasher Kosher for Passover

There are two times a year I love having a dishwasher: The evening of Yom Kippur, when we are rushing to clear the table and get to shul; and after the Pesach Seder, when the dishwasher runs on a timer. When I mentioned that I use the dishwasher on Passover several people asked about it. The … [Read more...]

Shmura Matza Forgery Warning

According to the letter from the rabbinate, signed by Rabbis Yaakov Sabag and Rafi Yochai, the packages of hand matzahs pictured above were made in a factory without supervision. Flour was not sifted, "challah" not taken, the equipment not cleaned, and there was actually chametz in the factory. The … [Read more...]

Remembrance of (Blogging) Passovers Past

Image by roger_mommaerts via Flickr A guest post on Food Processors and Pesach is up at Orthonomics. Recent editions of Haveil Havalim can be found at Ima on the Bima and Yachdus. For some reason, preparing for Pesach inspires me to write. Below, I present the best Passover posts below … [Read more...]

Getting Your Kids to Help with Pesach Cleaning

Image by Chiot's Run via Flickr Passover is coming and we need all the help we can get. Sometimes we forget why kids should be involved in the Passover preparations. They're learning important skills. They're learning about the holiday. Even the most resistant children want to feel … [Read more...]

Four Pre-Passover Questions

Image by Daniel Greene via Flickr Please check out the new banner that Leora of Here in Highland Park designed for CookingManager.Com. She also designed the banner for this blog. Here at "A Mother in Israel" we've been known to poke fun at people who get too worked up about Pesach. But with … [Read more...]

Kosher Cooking Carnival #41: From Matzah to Lasagna

Welcome to the 41st edition of the Kosher Cooking Carnival, founded by Batya of Me-Ander.  Below is a list of previous editions. Write to Batya if you would like to host. #1 #2 #3 Thanks Ezzie #4 Thanks Sarah #5 #6 #7 Thanks Sadie #8 #9 Thanks Sarah #10Thanks, Elf #11 #12 Thanks Renegade KC #13 #14 … [Read more...]

Post Pesach Tips

Here is a summary of post-Pesach tips that I posted two years ago, updated for 2009. Make a list of what you ate. Mine reads something like: Went away for Shabbat. Ate 7+ kg of matzah, 60 eggs, 2/3 liters of oil, 120 potatoes. Make sure to have enough peanut butter in the house for before and … [Read more...]

Nine Moons

Today we went to the Poleg Nature Reserve near Netanya. The big attraction is this sand dune that the kids can roll down: Two kids stayed there to dig a hole while the rest of us went down to the beach. As we approached, my five-year-old said, "I see tisha yarchei leida." I guess those kites do … [Read more...]