Passover

Los Bagels Seder Plates for Passover

PASSOVER ( PESACH ) & THE SEDER

Passover is celebrated every year in spring. Festivities revolve around a feast, the Seder. Everyone participates by eating, drinking, singing and reading the Haggadah, which is the story of the Exodus. Passover’s lesson is that the Exodus not be forgotten, so the emphasis is on teaching children.

In Egypt, in the days of Moses, the Jews were slaves to Pharaoh. Moses told Pharaoh, "Let my people go,” but Pharaoh refused. Ten plagues afflicted the Egyptians—blood, frogs, flying bugs, wild beasts, cattle disease, sores, hail, locusts, darkness and then the death of all the firstborn children.

The Jews painted their doorways with lambs blood signaling the Angel of Death to pass over their homes. This is why the holiday is called Passover. Only after this tenth plague and the death of his own son did Pharaoh let the Jews go. The Jews left in such haste that they baked their bread in the desert without yeast. The bread was hard and flat, which is why hard, flat matzo bread is eaten at the Seder. At the Seder table is a separate plate with three whole matzo, representing the three tribes of the Jews.

Throughout the Seder, toasts are made and a glass is filled for the prophet Elijiah, the prophet of hope. Passover is a time to be thankful for freedom and the new life that comes each spring.

SYMBOLIC FOODS ON THE SEDER PLATE

These are the symbols of the seder, which accompany matzo as part of the meal.

CHAROSET - represents the mortar the Jewish slaves used to assemble the Pharaoh’s bricks.

2 APPLES
1 CUP WALNUTS
¼ CUP HONEY
¼ CUP SWEET WINE
½ TEASPOON CINNAMON

Mince apples, finely chop walnuts, or pulse both in a food processor.

To the apples & walnuts, add honey, wine and cinnamon. This mix needs to be covered and will keep refrigerated for up to three days.

MAROR - reflects the bitter affliction of slavery
Use a fresh horseradish root, peel it to reveal the white flesh. Grate finely or grind in a food processor, add white vinegar to make a creamy paste. This can be irritating to the eyes so be prepared to cry during the process. Keep covered until ready to serve.

PARSLEY - symbolizes spring , it is dipped in salt water to remind us of the tears of the Jewish slaves

ROASTED EGGS - another symbol of spring
Hard boil an egg. Then, with the shell still on, set it on the stove burner and let it get a bit charred.

SHANK BONE - symbol of the sacrificial lamb
You can use any bone, such as a turkey drum stick. Clean away all the meat and roast in the oven.

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President Obama at the First White House Seder


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