The Pesach Parrot: A Passover Story

Maintaining and cultivating a Jewish household is important to me. Naturally, everyone has different ideas of what that means, but celebrating Jewish holidays is a cornerstone of what my Jewish household means. We will celebrate other holidays at other people’s houses, much like we celebrate another person’s birthday though it is not our own.

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Healthier Matzaroni and Cheese with Broccoli

Passover is a difficult week for me. Though I always look forward to the Seder, I dread the rest of the week. Bread is a staple of our diet (heck, my husband has a small bread-baking business!), and we both essentially eat as vegetarians at home. Passover meal planning is difficult, and I crave bread and pasta and oatmeal all week. I know there are people who like matzah just fine, but I am not one of them.

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Atoning with God

I broke my fast for Yom Kippur at 11:00 a.m. with a chocolate peanut butter brownie while waiting my latest new prescription to be filled at the pharmacy. I did not go to the Kol Nidre service for the first time since I returned to Judaism as an adult; I was so worn out physically and emotionally after yet another trip to the doctor that I was in bed before the service had even started. I did not go to the synagogue today because it hurts to sit on my comfortable sofa let alone a normal chair. It would seem that I already have much to atone for next year, and the Jewish year has just begun.

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