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The Kafra Haggadah

The Haggadah is the centerpiece of every Passover Seder. Some of the richest artistic treasures of the Jewish people are found in the illustrations of the classic illuminated manuscripts of the Passover Haggadah, some dating back to the medieval period.

Our friend, Estee Kafra, cookbook author, and co-founder of KosherScoop.com has just brought to our attention that her great grandmother Fradel Kahan-Frankl and Fradel's son, Moshe Tzvi, Estee's grandfather, illustrated a magnificent Haggadah, known as the Kafra Haggadah, one that is said to have "dazzling imagery, breathtaking calligraphy and lavish ornamentation combining to create a visually stunning masterpiece in the realm of illuminated Haggados".

The Kafra Haggadah follows in the traditions of the classic illuminated Haggadahs. However, instead of being produced by unknown Jewish artists during the Renaissance, it was produced in Budapest, Hungary through an intense, year-long artistic collaboration between Fradel Kahan-Frankl and her son Moshe Tzvi. The name Kafra (Estee's name) is actually composite of the hyphenated last name.

The Kafras felt the need to create the Haggadah because of a disturbing experience. One day, Fradel and Moshe Tzvi decided to visit the Budapest museum to view the illuminated Kaufmann Haggadah, (14th century, Catalonia) but they were turned away. All efforts and entreaties to view the Haggadah proved futile. Frustrated, they decided that they could produce their own illuminated Haggadah in the classic medieval style.

And thus the Kafra Haggadah was born. Working on 24-inch by 12- inch panels, Moshe Tzvi wrote the text of the Haggadah in a very elegant and stylized form of the traditional calligraphic letters used for holy scrolls. Fradel painted elaborate decorative frames for the pages. She also added artistic adornments to the initial letters and painted many miniature representations of the dramatic scenes described in the text as well as some full page illustrations. The work continued for an entire year, which she often described as one of the happiest times of her life.
The family left Hungary after the war, and The Kafra Haggadah was published in 1947 by Philip Feldheim Publishing Company, then located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

In 2011, the family decided to release new edition, which, because of advances in printing technology, is even more vibrant than the first.

Fradel Kahan-Frankl passed away many years ago, but Moshe Tzvi survives her. The new edition is the gift of the family to their beloved grandfather. May he live to enjoy it for many years to come.


For more information or to buy the Haggadah, click here.

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Passover Coloring Page

From our friend Ann D. Koffsky — illustrator and children's book author — another delightful creation, a Passover Coloring page for the kids. This year Ann has created Passover Finger Puppets as the coloring page -– she has included instructions on how to use the paper finger puppets at your Seder to help tell the story of Passover. Just print the page and let your "little" artists create a masterpiece; they will have such fun!  While you are visiting Ann's website, please browse and view her wonderful Judaic art work.

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June Hersh - QVC Cooking Star

Mark your calendars to watch QVC Sunday, March 3. Cookbook author, food writer, lecturer and KosherEye friend – the talented June Hersh will be on their cooking show, "In The Kitchen with David", which airs 12PM to 3PM Eastern Time. The live broadcast will feature foods from June's first book, the bestseller, Recipes Remembered. For the first time, this bestselling book will be offered in a specially priced softcover version. Perfect for holiday gifts like Passover and Mother's Day. We'll be glued to our TV's, hope that you will too.

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Red Star PLATINUM Yeast
Baking Entry - Charlotte's Challah

As we have previously posted, the recipes that were submitted for the Red Star PLATINUM Yeast Sampling/Baking contest were terrific. So many talented bakers out there - and each one submitted a picture attesting to the results of the product (and their own talents of course!) We have previously posted several of the recipes and promised to post more. So this week we are sharing Charlotte Orrin's recipe for Charlotte's Challah. The recipe produces 3 delicious looking challahs.  Enjoy and thank you Charlotte for sharing your recipe with us.

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                                                  Photo: Charlotte Orrin

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Buy Israel Week

You can support our friends and family in Israel when you buy products made in Israel. From February 25-March 3 Buy Israel Week gives you that opportunity.

In 2005 a global movement was launched for a campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. Since then, events with Israeli speakers, Israeli universities, stores that carry Israeli products, and Israeli companies have been boycotted with the goal of delegitimizing Israel.

The goal of BUY ISRAEL WEEK is to combat the efforts of the BDS protestors through purchasing power. Every purchase can help make a difference. Many Israeli institutions are responsible for scientific research to cure disease; Israeli companies develop technology that we use in our cell phones and computers, and new energy technologies are used in other countries. Whether switching your brand of coffee or purchasing a gift, you can actively make the decision to buy Israel.

The effort is organized by jdeal.com, The Jewish Week Media Group of NY, Washington Jewish Week, Florida Jewish Journal, Tribe Media Corporation, the Jewish Standard of New Jersey, the Chicago Jewish News, Texas Jewish Post, J. the Jewish News Weekly of Northern California and Jewish News of Greater Phoenix, Philadelphia Exponent, Baltimore Jewish Times.–in the United States, as well as Israel-America Chamber of Commerce, Manufacturers' Association of Israel, Israel Export and Cooperation Institute, Conference of Presidents, United with Israel and Stand With Us.

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KosherEye supports the effort! We encourage you to
visit the website, browse the products and BUY something!

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Passover Substitutions List

Our KosherEye friend, Eileen Goltz, has updated her Complete List of Passover Substitutions for chometz ingredients. We posted it last year and have added the new additions to the list. What a great Passover tool –  just print it and take it shopping.

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Mega Size Hamantashen

Have no time to make individual hamantashen? Not a problem! From KosherEye friend Leah Hadad, Tribes-A-Dozen Hallah mix, this mega size Hamantashen is filled with a delicious, decadent chocolate–walnut and raspberry jam filling.  Leah makes her creation from a single box of her traditional Hallah mix. Very clever and creative – enjoy Leah's recipe for My Giant Chocolate–Walnut Hamantashen.

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Cooking Class
Prepping for Passover with Chef Laura Frankel

What a culinary treat! KosherEye friend, Chef Laura Frankel is giving a Passover cooking class –  lucky Chicago! If you live in the area, do try and attend.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 – 6:30 pm
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning & Leadership, Chicago, IL
$25 | $18 for Spertus members
Please call for group rates.
Includes take–home copies of the featured recipes.

Buy tickets now! Or call 312.322.1773

Are you a Passover veteran, planning your first seder, or somewhere in between? Let Chef Laura Frankel show you how to put together a fun and delicious Passover! Learn creative, delectable, versatile recipes for seders and all through the festival.

Following the program, Chef Laura will sign copies of her books, Jewish Cooking for All Seasons and Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes, available for purchase.

cheflaura-1Chef Laura Frankel is Executive Chef for Spertus Kosher Catering and the author of the Chosen Bites column in the Jerusalem Post. Chef Laura is a passionate teacher who has made it her mission to reimagine and revitalize the diverse and delicious traditions of Jewish cooking. She has written two books, Jewish Cooking for All Seasons and Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes, both available at the Spertus Shop.

For more information, Spertus.edu.  

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Cherry Heering Chocolate Bark

If you are searching for one last luscious item to add to your Purim Basket, to serve at your Seudah, or just need an easy dessert for Shabbos or a festive event, look no further. You and your guests will enjoy this four ingredient, no bake, Heering Chocolate Bark dessert. And we promise, the secret is safe with us...no one will ever know how simple this recipe is to make.

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Edible Armored Mud Balls
Purim or Everyday Fun!

Our friend, Paula, who blogs as Americana the Beautiful is on a one year road trip, experiencing and photographing the wonders, festivals and sights of the USA. In addition to her amazing posts, she shares recipes and food discoveries with us. As Paula travels from sea to shining sea in her RV, we are riding along with her, vicariously of course, but reading every word of her blog. Safe travels Paula, and hope that you pick up some new "riders" at americanathebeautiful.org.

Armored Mud Balls are the Badlands version of natural snowballs. They form when water washes down a streambed and starts to roll sticky clay into a round shape. As the ball continues to tumble, it picks up more and more little pebbles, mud and rock making layers of "armor."

Use the same principles to make your own tasty version. What a clever Purim treat for your western themed mishloach manot baskets. Add a bandana, a cowboy hat, some kosher beef jerky, and maybe a beer – and you're all set "pardner"!

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