Sunday, April 17, 2022

African American Jewish food traditions on Passover

Yesterday, NPR aired a lovely interview with Michael Twitty and Rabbi Sandra Lawson on African American Jewish food traditions on Passover: How Black American Jews Incorporate their food traditions into their Passover seders.

Michael Twitty

Rabbi Sandra Lawson

Tonight, across the world, Jewish families and friends will gather for the second night of Passover. Many will hold a Seder, a ritual meal where the story of the liberation of the Hebrew slaves from bondage in Egypt is retold. For Jews around the world, it's a time to honor their faith and make the celebration their own by bringing their own cultural and food traditions to the table. And that's also true of African American Jews, for whom the Passover story resonates on multiple levels.

To hear more about this, we called Michael Twitty. He is a James Beard Award-winning author and food historian. And Rabbi Sandra Lawson, director of Racial Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Reconstructing Judaism. Michael Twitty and Rabbi Lawson, welcome. And thank you so much for joining us.

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