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What "When Do We Eat Already?" sounded like 370 years ago

Back in January, blogger Mississippi Fred Macdowell posted scans of the Rittangel Hagaddah [pdf], a 1644 Hebrew-Latin Haggadah that has the distinction of including musical notations for two of the songs. Last month, high school students at the Tannenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto performed them in concert. Here's his followup post with video of the performance.
posted by Mchelly on Apr 9, 2014 - 5 comments

Let my people know.

While Passover is an ancient and rich tradition, the story it celebrates didn't actually ever happen. The people who eventually became the Jews were almost certainly never in Egypt in any significant numbers, were never slaves there, and never made a long journey out of Egypt across the Sinai.
posted by dmd on Apr 8, 2012 - 120 comments

Do you like sinkers or floaters?

Ultimate Matzoh Balls is a simple, quick (10 level, automatically advancing) Flash basketball game that may help keep your mind off the lack of leavening in your diet this coming week. And by "your" I mean "my". The Yiddish exclamations for both the baskets and missed shots are worth the click.
posted by yiftach on Mar 27, 2010 - 15 comments

Yachatz!

Nationwide matzo shortage! Competing theories offer possible explanations. If you get desperate, make your own. (Gratuitous youtube matzo themed video.)
posted by serazin on Apr 20, 2008 - 15 comments

Once We Were Slaves

Avadim Chayeinu: A BDSM Haggadah In some way or another, all who celebrate Passover, end up writing their own Haggadahs. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of different ones to choose from. Tradition says: never forget that YOU were freed from the land of Egypt. The desire to tell one's own tale of liberation and free one's own voice has led to holocaust haggadahs, gay and lesbian hagaddahs, zionist hagaddahs, feminist haggadahs, secular humanist haggadahs and now, a haggadah for those to whom the term "slave" has an altogether different meaning. (via boingboing.)
posted by jann on Apr 15, 2003 - 6 comments

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