For two years, we enjoyed the Facebook Haggadah. There was also Tweet the Exodus. Last year there was Google Exodus. This year, the new darling of the interwebs is Pinterest so you guessed it – there’s Passover on Pinterest.
What is Pinterest?
Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. . . People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes. Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.”
All clear on that? So instead of clipping pictures and recipes out of magazines, you pin it. Like when you used to have a really big bulletin board and you would fill it up with pretty photos and quotes and stuff. When you were 16. Or maybe you put them in a journal, or stuck the recipes into The Only Cookbook You Ever Really Use. Which might even be held together with a rubberband.
Now you pin it and you can share it because no one emails stuff like that anymore. You might still be sharing on Facebook but maybe you don’t want your Facebook friends to see this stuff. Or you might share it on Twitter, but the pictures are an extra click, and then it disappears. And you never got that Tumblr or Posterous thing anyway.
You were looking for Pinterest and you didn’t even know it. Go ahead. Pin away.
Unlike Facebook which is linear (timeline, get it?) and Twitter (real-time), Pinterest is just as cluttered as that pile of magazine clippings. It feels like home. Some pins are long, some short. They are neatly arranged across the screen but you don’t have to read left to right, you can go up, down, back, forth – whatever you like. Just like that old corkboard. Even better – you don’t have to worry about spilling coffee on it before you put it on the corkboard. And you get to see what other people pinned. And you can repin it and have it on your board too and no one had to use the copy machine. Amazing, people.
So back to Passover on Pinterest. Here are a few boards you might want to check out (you don’t need an account! You can just browse!). These are just a few.
- URJ Passover – nice mix of recipes, books, seder plates, art, even songs.
- Cooking Light Celebrate Passover – quinoa, pavlova, all the traditional foods
- BrassPaperClip Passover – Cindi Brooks in Seattle, she must be a power user, with 105 boards and over 7,000 pins. Go to town.
You can also search for other pins. . .try “haggadah” or “brisket” if you need inspiration. Or just “Passover.”
But wait – that’s not all. OK, there’s still Twitter and really this may have been the pre-Passover Photo of the Week. Did gefilte fish ever look that good?
And yes – I pinned it.
In all seriousness, there are pre-Passover food drives still happening in our community, as well as Passover celebrations in senior centers. If you have a place at your table, reach out and let people know.