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My boys love being with our whole family for the Passover Seder.  They enjoy our special foods, the “agada”, the Passover story we tell, much of it in Ladino….and the songs….”our songs”…..those special Pesah melodies and Ladino words that bind our family and  our  Sephardic community.   All the cousins know the words and joyously join in, proclaiming their membership in this special group…these songs, these traditions that distinguish our family.  These are the sounds of “home”.

Yehoram Gaon, one of my all time favorite singers of Hebrew and Ladino songs, has two very special albums of Shabbat and of Pesah tunes in the Ladino tradition.  They can be downloaded on iTunes.  I highly recommend that you download and enjoy this music!

Go to iTunes;  click on the iTunes Store link on the left; type in the name: Yehoram Gaon in the search box.  Click on the albums Piytim Leshabbat and Shirim LePesach.  You can listen to a piece of each song before you download.  I think you will enjoy them all!

For the upcoming Passover holiday, check out the following from the Ladino Hit Parade:    Un Kavritiko.

Sing along…..I’ll post the words, and you and your families can add them to your Seder this year!!!!

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We JUST celebrated Purim…..and walking into the market today, I was bombarded with Passover!!!!! Time to start planning our Seder meals, menus for the week…….while preparing delicacies for a Banyo di Novia, in between! Our cooking calendar is busy for the month ahead….all in preparation for happy and wonderful things!!!!

There are several foods that my mom prepares especially and only for Pesah.  Keftes di Prassa (leek patties) is one of those specialities.

In our family, these are vegetarian – others make them with ground meat. (these are one of my husband’s very favorite Sephardic treats!!) Continue Reading »

“Home baked bread always had a special place in my mother’s house. With every baking, my dad would repeat in his Old World Ladino, Los panizikos di kaza ki no manki (Home made bread should never be lacking). Not surprising, each time I whiff the aroma of my wife’s bread baking in our oven, Continue Reading »

Purim is here, Pesah is right around the corner!!!   So some Purim “allegre” for now…and Pesah recipes coming!

I remember when my boys were young, my mother would make “Folares”, or “Haman in Jail” as the boys called them, for Purim.  The Folare was made of Bureka dough wrapped around a hard boiled egg.  The strips of dough for a “cage” or “jail” around the egg. The egg represented the evil Haman from the Purim story, who is ultimately punished for his plot to harm the Jews. Continue Reading »

This is a great site!  ( Thanks to Sally Mann for bringing it to our attention!!)

Enter an addreess and take a ride down Memory Lane.  Enter the addresses of some of your favorite places.

When the site opens there is a map on the right. You can move the “little man” up and down the block. There is a button on the left that allows the camera to look right or left to have a clearer look at a location.


Great fun!  Great memories!!!!  Enjoy!!!!!