Goodbye Chanukah, Hello Passover!

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When we lit the menorah last night, I felt so much gratitude for the many Jewish communities that brighten our world, including our own community, with nearly 50,000 members across the globe. It's truly a pleasure to co-create with you!
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Happy Chanukah!

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Happy Chanukah, Haggadah-Makers! We hope you have a holiday filled with joy, light and of course, latkes! Get ready to start your Passover 2020 Haggadah in the new year! We can't wait to share all the exciting ideas for your Passover seder.


#GivingTuesday Totes! Donate Before Chanukah

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Resources for Yom Kippur

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Yom Kippur starts this evening! Check out our favorite blessings & readings for simple ways to connect to this important day. We hope you have a meaningful holiday! 

Have Your Heard About Brand Camp?

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Have you heard about our Brand Camp training program? It starts in just a couple weeks, and I want make sure you have a chance to register! This 7-week series of online classes & personal coaching sessions will help you freshen up your brand & social media strategy for the Jewish New Year. 

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Last Minute Tips!

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Download & Print Our 2019 Favorites Haggadah

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Passover starts tomorrow night! Haven't started your haggadah yet? Don't worry, we've selected the best from the season and compiled them into our new 2019 Favorites Haggadah!!! Download the whole thing or just save a few clips for your seder. We promise, it's worth it. Contributors include: HIAS, Jewish World Watch, Be'chol Lashon, #Friendseder, JewBelong, Esther Kustanowitz, Moving Traditions and more!  

2019 Favorites Haggadah

Or try a previous Favorites Haggadah. They're all seder-ready! 

Be'chol Lashon - Haroset From Around The World

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Sybil Kaplan, Canadian Jewish News, April 8, 2019

What Passover seder symbol is found in the traditions of all Jewish communities, but is not mentioned in the biblical passage that enjoins us to eat the paschal offering, matzah and bitter herbs? Haroset.

We define haroset loosely as a paste of fruit, spices, wine and matzah meal that’s symbolic of the mortar used by the Hebrews when they were slaves in Egypt.

The word is of unknown origin, but may come from the word “heres,” meaning clay, because of its colour. The custom of eating haroset is thought to have come from the time of the Babylonians, who dipped food in relishes or sauces to add flavour.

Different versions of haroset appear in the Ashkenazic and Sephardic traditions.

The New York Times Passover Cookbook, edited by Linda Amster, says that the Iraqi version is one of the oldest and most time-consuming recipes, dating back to the Babylonian exile of 579 BCE. Made into a jam from dates, grapes, pomegranate and honey, it was a sweetener in the ancient world and is still used by Iraqi, Burmese, Syrian and Indian Jews.

The Talmud says that haroset must be sharp in taste and similar to clay in substance and colour, thus the recipe varies among different communities.

Ashkenazim tend to use apples, chopped almonds (or other nuts), cinnamon, red wine and sometimes matzah meal. Sephardim and those from Middle Eastern countries tend to use fruits that grew in the Land of Israel in biblical times, such as grapes, figs, dates, almonds and pomegranates. Israelis often turn haroset into a dessert by adding bananas, dates, orange juice and sugar.

Because the maror or bitter herb is so strong, some say the real purpose of haroset is to allay the bitterness. As part of the ritual seder, the haroset and maror are placed between matzot to make a sandwich, which is said to have been invented by Rabbi Hillel in the first century CE, hence the name, Hillel’s sandwich.

Different Jewish communities have variations on the ingredients. Jews from the Island of Rhodes use dates, walnuts, ginger and sweet wine. The Jews of Salonika, Greece, add raisins. Other Greek Jews use walnuts, almonds, pine nuts, raisins, cinnamon, cloves and red wine, and spread it thickly on matzah. Turkish Jews include oranges.

Moroccan Jews sometimes make haroset paste and roll it into balls. This is a legacy from the Jews of medieval Spain, who made the balls of apples, dried fruit, almonds, cooked chestnuts, sugar and cinnamon, and then drizzled the balls with white vinegar before serving.

The Jews of Venice use chestnut paste, dates, figs, poppy seeds, walnuts, pine nuts, orange peel, dried apricots, raisins, brandy and honey.

The Jews of Bukhara, Uzbekistan, use almonds, dates, raisins, apples and wine.

Egyptian haroset contains dates, nuts, bananas, apples, wine, cinnamon and pomegranate seeds.

Instead of haroset as we know it, some Iraqi Jews use a date syrup call halek – which is made by boiling dates, straining the liquid and then reducing it over a low flame until thick – and sprinkling chopped nuts on top of it.

In Holland, they make a chunky mixture with more apples and less nuts, combined with cinnamon, sugar, raisins and sweet wine. Jews from Surinam, in Dutch Guiana, use seven fruits and coconut.

Following the edict to have a sharp taste, Persian Jews use dates, pistachio nuts, almonds, raisins, apples, oranges, bananas, pomegranate seeds, sweet wine, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, vinegar and black pepper.

Likewise, Yemenite Jews use dates, raisins, almonds, nuts, figs, dates, sesame seeds, apples, pomegranate seeds, grape juice, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and black pepper.

Jews from Afghanistan pound haroset in a mortar with a pestle and use walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, apples, sweet wine, pomegranate seeds, dates and black pepper.

However you make haroset, be inventive and make several different kinds to serve.

My Mom’s Haroset

 2 apples, chopped

 75 ml (1/3 cup) ground nuts

 1.25 ml (1/4 tsp) cinnamon

 15 ml (1 tbsp) honey

 30 ml (2 tbsp) sweet red wine

Place chopped apples in a bowl. Add nuts, cinnamon and honey and mix until smooth.

Add wine and mix well.

Makes 6 servings.

My Sephardic Haroset

 250 ml (1 cup) chopped dates

 125 ml (1/2 cup) raisins

 1 chopped apple

 125 ml (1/2 cup) finely chopped nuts

 5 ml (1 tsp) ginger

60 ml (1/4 cup) red wine

Combine all ingredients.

Yields 500 ml (2 cups).

Sephardic Haroset

 250 ml (1 cup) chopped walnuts

 60 ml (1/4 cup) chopped almonds

 125 ml (1/2 cup) raisins

 125 ml (1/2 cup) chopped dates

 60 ml (1/4 cup) red wine

 30 ml (2 tbsp) lemon juice

 0.5 ml (1/8 tsp) cinnamon

 apricot halves

Combine walnuts, almonds, raisins, dates, wine, lemon juice and cinnamon.

Form into balls.

Spoon onto apricot halves.

Sabra Haroset

2 peeled and cored apples

6 peeled bananas

1 lemon, juiced

1 orange, juiced

20 pitted dates

250 ml (1 cup) peanuts

250 ml (1 cup) dry red wine

matzah meal, as needed

10 ml (2 tsp) cinnamon

sugar, to taste

Put fruit and nuts though a grinder (or blender or food processor).

Add wine, lemon juice and orange juice.

Add enough matzah meal to form the consistency you want.

Mix in cinnamon and sugar.


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You CAN Quote Us

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Whether you're making a full haggadah, or just looking for a little inspiration, quotes are a great addition to your Passover festivities. Try printing a few to decorate your seder table, then ask everyone to go around and reflect on the quote that resonates most with them. You'll nail the decor & ice-breakers in one effort. 

If you need help adding images, check out our tutorial videos on the How It Works page.

Rabbi Hartman Quote

Rabbi David Hartman, featured in 2019 Favorites

MLK Quote

Martin Luther King, featured in MLK Freedom Seder

Malala Yousafzai Quote

Malala Yousafzai

Audre Lorde Quote

Audre Lorde, featured in 2017 Favorites

Radical Amazement

Abraham Joshua Heschel, featured in Typographic Haggadah

JSF Quote

Jonathan Safran Foer, featured in2016 Favorites Haggadah

Anne Frank Quote

Anne Frank Quote

All I Got

Just a little humor :) in 2019 Favorites