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    When are the Jewish Holidays in 5778?

    When are the Jewish holidays in 2108?Jewish Holidays 5778
    It's a little tricky to remember when the Jewish holidays are since the Hebrew calendar does not line up with the secular calendar we use. So here is a handy chart you can reference to remember the major holidays. Each holiday starts and ends at sundown.

    Rosh Hashanah: 9/20/17- 9/22/17
    The Jewish New Year

    Yom Kippur: 9/29/17- 9/30/17
    Day of Atonement

    Sukkot: 10/4/17- 10/11/17
    Feast of the Tabernacles

    Simchat Torah: 10/11/17- 10/13/17
    A new cycle of Torah readings begins

    Hanukkah: 12/12/17- 12/20/17
    The Festival of Lights

    Tu B'shvat: 1/30/18- 1/31/18
    The Festival of Trees

    Purim: 2/28/18-3/1/18
    A Super Fun Holiday!

    Passover: 3/30/18- 4/7/18
    The Exodus from Israel

    Yom Ha'atzmaut: 4/18/18- 4/19/18
    Israel Independence Day

    Shavuot: 5/19/18- 5/21/18
    The giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai

    Tisha B'av: 7/21/18- 7/22/18
    Commemorates the Destruction of the Temples
     
    Tu B'Av: 7/26/18- 7/27/18
    Jewish Valentine's Day

    What Goes on a Seder Plate?

    What Goes on a Seder Plate?

    Passover (Pesach) commemorates the exodus of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. G-d "passed over" aka Pesach the Jews when imparting the 10 Plagues, including the last plague that convinced the Egyptians to let the Jews free, the death of the first born.

    The Israelites were in such a hurry to leave slavery (wouldn't you be?) that they didn't have time to let their bread rise, and that's why we have matzah! We host a seder meal, which means order, read the story of Passover from a Haggadah, and of course eat (and drink four glasses of wine!) 

    The central part of the seder is the seder plate, a traditional plate filled with symbolic ingredients. But what goes on a seder plate anyway?

    • Maror- a bitter herb, usually horseradish, symbolizing the bitterness of slavory
    • Hazeret- another bitter herb, usually romaine lettuce
    • Charoset- symbolizing the mortar the Israelites used to build the Egyptian pyramids
    • Beitzah- a hardboiled egg, symbolizing life and birth 
    • Karpas- a green leafy vegetable, symbolizing hope, usually parsley
    • Zeroa- shank bone, symbolizing sacrifice

    Shop Seder Plates here!

    Lego Seder Plate Giveaway!


    Passover is on the way, and there is chametz to clean and menus to prep, so here is your chance to win a fun gift! Our LEGO® SEDER PLATE is designed by a LEGO® expert, and fun for kids, or kids at heart. Check out our other seder plates and entire Passover collection too!

    To enter, just leave a comment on this blog sharing your favorite Passover Seder food. Then fill out the widget below saying you entered. USA entries only. Good luck!!

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    ModernTribe's Guide for Choosing a Passover Haggadah for Your Seder

    Stop looking for the perfect Haggadah... instead do like we do: blend.

    A ModernTribe Strategy for Choosing a Passover Seder Haggadah

    (1) Choose a basic Haggadah for everyone at the table -- we like the 30 Minute Seder Haggadah as this basic book. It is clear, colorful and inexpensive to furnish a copy for everyone.

    (2) Then add images, readings, poems, and songs from other Haggadot. There are many special ones out there, each with their own wisdom and flavor. Read a Haggadah review on our blog for a few ideas. Don't forget all the free resources available to enhance your Passover and seder experience: including G-d Cast's video The Passover Seder... With the Four Sons, Bangitout's Seder Sidekick, Sipping Seder, and create your own Haggadah with Haggadot.com.

    (3) If you have children, make sure you have at least one Passover haggadah for children -- you may even want to read this book at the table for the kids -- we do.

    (4) If you are like our family, and have dozens of Haggadot already, add to your collection this year's much anticipated release: Jonathan Safran Foer's New American Haggadah.

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    (5) Great music-for-making-matzah-balls or as seder musical interludes or even meal background music is Socalled's Hip Hop Haggadah.

    Come chat with us on Facebook and tell us about your own best Haggadah strategies and ideas!