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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 7, 2017 So much matzah! What to do with it all? 'California Dreamin' takes readers on a wild ride Myrna Ossin has answersnewly released book, "What to your every need to have to Do with Your Leftover the perfect Passover in her Matzah, The Fifth Question." Included with the 60 reci- pes that can be served year round, Ossin has a timeline and a "to do" list for prepara- tion of meals, starting a few weeks ahead. Getting down to the details, Ossin lists every serving uten- sil and serving item needed. menu plans with vegan, veg- etarian and Shabbat options --including favorites like cheesecake, lasagna, bagels, toffee and more--and a shop- ping list with information to help with how much is needed for a seder meal. There are brief explanations of the ritual elements of the service and how to prepare the Seder plate, and a concise explanation of the kosher rules and historical differ- ences between Sephardic and Ashkenazi traditions. Ossin studied dietetics at the Univeristy of Wisconsin and has taught cooking for many years. She gives both the experienced cook and the novice many tips to prepara- tion that will make the seder an enjoyable experience for everyone. "What to Do with Your Leftover Matzah" is available on Here is a mystery thriller written by Orlando's own Mark Solomon. This is Solo- men's first novel and it's a compelling read that churns through many twists all re- volving around one horrible event. The story's characters include a crusading cop, a beleaguered public defender/ restaurateur and his wife. and a gymnast and her wayward brother. The title. "California Drea- min'," is taken from the name oftheupscaleNouveauAmeri- can restaurant California owned by Assistant Public Defender Martin King and his wife. Moeisha. King sees his life crumble when he is suspected of be- ing the murderer of Autumn Winter. the sister of Martin's client. Kirk. Homicide Detec- tive Duane Battier methodi- cally builds his case and then hands it off to Assistant State Attorney Bilbo Ballard to prosecute Martin for first- degree murder, punishable by execution. Orlando mega-star defense attorney Denny Salvatore takes on King's case. The story of the events that both lead to and follow that fateful incident, is frightful, anger- ing, sad and funny. Along the way, Solomon, himself an attorney, reveals police practices, and court and defense procedure. In- teresting and memorable The following list pre- sented by Marilyn Sch wartz at an Orlando Chaptcer of Hadassah meeting last year. The information so delighted and fascinated the members that passing it along to all became a priority. 1. Coca-Cola makes a spe- cial batch of Kosher Coke for Passover. While Coke is gen- Community where Hospitality isa Way of Life Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Care of Apartment Suite Selections, some with Lake Views ly Happy Hour hosted bythe Jewish Pavilion : ja! Celebrations and Meals during High Holy Holidays characters along with image- law practice in Orlando since conjuring writing make this 1983. His family has lived in a compelling and enjoyable Orlando since 1971 and his read.Additionally, the reader mother is Sandi Solomon, willfindatroveofpopculture a city commissioner of Cas- nuggets strewn throughout, selberry and president of the Mark Solomon has had a Zionistas. erally a kosher product, the Jews from Iran and Afghani- dietary laws tighten during stan have a particularly lively the Passover holiday making custom in which they whip high-fructose corn syrup a each otherwith oversizescal- no-no for observant Jews (it lions. Before the song begins, really should be a no-no for eachsederparticipantstands. everybody all the time, but takes a scallion and starts that's neither here nor there), whacking the other members In response, Coca-Colapumps of the feast. In some families. out a batch of limited edition one scallion is passed around Coke that uses (gasp) real the table while each person sugar instead of the kitniyot takes a turn whipping. There corn. Look for bottles with is some debate about where yellow caps on them to be sure the custom originates. Many you'regettingthecorrectone, believe it is a way to mimic 2. The world's largest Pass- the whips of slave drivers in over seder takes place in Egypt. Seder participants Nepal, of all places. Each whip one other as a way to yearmembersoftheChabad- scold one another for desir- Lubavitch movement hold ing any aspect of their lives their "Seder on Top of the of enslavement. World" in Kathmandu for 5. Crossing the Red Sea in Jewish locals and travelers Poland. In the Polish town of alike (I'm guessing more the Gora Kalwaria, Hasidic Jews latter than the former). Last markPassoverbyre-enacting year they had around 2,000 thecrossingoftheRedSea.To people attend the festivities, makeitasrealisticastheycan, andbetweentheflowingwine they pour water on the floor, and the thin air, it was quite lift up their coats and recite the party, the names of the towns they 3. Abraham Lincoln was would cross. They also make assassinatedduringPassover, sure to raise a glass at each According to the American mention of a town and offer Jewish Historical Society, thanks to God for being able many Jews were in synagogue to reach their destination. for the holiday when news 6.BreakadishforPassover. of Lincoln's assassination ManyEthiopianJews, whofor broke. Altars in temples "were hundreds of years endured quickly draped in black and, persecution in their home- instead of Passover melodies, land because of their unique the congregations chanted religious rites, left Ethiopia YomKippurhymns.Rabbisset in two secret airlifts in 1984 aside their sermons and wept and 1991. During Passover, openly at their pulpits, as did to commemorate their past their congregants." Sadly, a and celebrate renewal, some time that was supposed to be Ethiopian Jews break all their fultofcelebrationbecameone dishes and cookware and of mourning. 4 Flogging fun at Passover. Facts on page 18A