December 18, 2014 / 26th of Kislev, 5775
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    While deciding on a kid-friendly Shabbat recipe, I was witness to an accidental focus group. A couple of weeks ago, my brother and sister-in-law threw a birthday party for my nephew’s first birthday. They offered a great spread of sweets, including lollipops, fruit and a variety of homemade... Read More
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    Summer may not officially begin until the end of June, but I always think of Memorial Day weekend as the kickoff to this long-awaited season of cookouts, long weekends and as much grilling as I can fit in between rainstorms. But the real significance of this weekend is often overshadowed by... Read More
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    Growing up, my family celebrated all of the major—and many of the minor—Jewish holidays. But it wasn’t until I attended college that I realized just how many holidays there are in Judaism. It seemed like there was a party on the quad or a day off every other week to observe... Read More
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    This year, Mother’s Day is especially meaningful for my family. That’s because my sister-in-law, Chelsea, recently joined the ranks of Levine moms when she gave birth to my nephew, Isaiah. This Sunday, we’ll gather at my parents’ house to solidify her place in the... Read More
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    I fell down an Internet rabbit hole the other night. I ended up spending more time than I’m willing to admit watching videos of people making knishes. Weird, right? It all started with my cousin Alison’s suggestion for this week’s post. She thought it might be fun to put a... Read More
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    Between this week’s running of the Boston Marathon and next week’s observance of Yom HaShoah, I’ve been thinking a lot about the role of food in commemorating difficult—and oftentimes tragic—events. Food can mean comfort, like a homemade casserole delivered to a... Read More
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    On Passover, we are reminded that we are not just a member of our immediate family or one specific community; as Jews, we are members of a bigger family, with millions of brothers and sisters all over the world. Boston’s Jewish community extends all the way to the Ukraine, to a city... Read More
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    Every few years, Marathon Monday coincides with Passover. As Jews in Boston, this can cause a bit of a moral and culinary dilemma, from pre-run carbo-loading to marathon cheering beers to dinner in the North End following the Patriot’s Day Reenactment. So what are we marathon-loving Jews to... Read More
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    It’s easy to group quinoa in with chametz—that is, a list of five grains that are forbidden during Passover because they will leaven when they come in contact with water. But quinoa doesn’t explicitly fall into one of those five categories, and while its kosher-ness is hotly... Read More
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    The first time I ate matzah brei, I was in college and a friend was pouring maple syrup over a matzah-and-egg mixture that she swore was her favorite Passover dish. I was suspicious. I wasn’t averse to eating eggs and matzah, but I certainly wasn’t anticipating enjoying wet matzah.... Read More
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