Archive for April 8, 2012

Chag Pesach Same-ach!  (חג פסח שמח)

I truly love Passover for a number of reasons, but mostly because it is a holiday that gathers the family together and includes a shared experience with the retelling of the story of the exodus from Egypt. Seder, which means order, includes reading from the Haggadah, enjoying a Kosher dinner and finishing with a few additional elements from the Haggadah. Here is the order in a little more detail:

  • Introduction to the Seder
  • The Four Questions
  • The Four Sons
  • The Telling of the Exodus
  • The Ten Plagues
  • Introduction of the Seder Plate
  • Spotlighting the Matzo
  • Spotlighting the Maror
  • Dinner
  • Finding and Eating the Afikoman
  • Reflecting on God’s Support during the Exodus
  • Songs and Games

Traditionally, my family ate beef brisket when my grandparents were still around to host the seder. My mom eventually switched over to a honey mustard chicken (which is excellent), though she made a matzo-encrusted chicken this year. Here is the traditional dinner our family enjoys:

  • Matzo & Butter
  • Gefilte Fish
  • Egg Soup
  • Matzo Ball Soup
  • Chicken, Potato Kugel and Green Beans
  • Flour-less Chocolate Cake and Sugar-coated Strawberries

I now have to wait for another 365 days to enjoy another seder and I am completely honest when I say that cannot wait!