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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Passover Meal Plan (and birth)

Matzo Cereal
Matzo and Jam
Matzo Ball Soup

Matzo Cereal
Left Over Soup
Matzo Brie (Scrambled eggs with broken Matzo)

Matzo Cereal
Left over Brie (disgusting)
Matzo Ball and Meatball stew

Matzo Cereal
Leftover stew
Stuff Cabbage (for a change)

OK, I never heard of matzo cereal, really fruit and eggs most days
Left over cabbage
Not sure what's for dinner.

Matzo, the flat cracker is symbolic for fleeing out of Egypt before the bread had time to rise. My Passover rituals aren't that strict. I eat a little Matzo. I am going to avoid baking and eating bread, but my husband will eat as he pleases and the bread police doesn't enforce the bread fast.

I had a special treat this Passover. My friend and local midwife, Alanna, who many of you know invited my family over for her family's traditional seder. Actually her husband invited us and I bet he had regrets when he realized this meant me and my kids and my dietary restrictions. I was kind-of nervous about it myself. I haven't been eating away from home much. I don't take my kids to eat at other people's houses for a formal meal, let alone a seder! The only recent Passover seders I've been to were at the local Temple and in Atlanta at the Community Center and kids are expected to be quiet and still. Honestly, out of frustration, I stopped making attendance a Passover seder a high priority.

Alanna follows MUCH stricter traditions and rituals than I. I feel so honored that she shared these with me. She was sensitive to my dietary needs and informed me of her recipes ingredients and there were so many choices of food to eat. My kids were well behaved. They kept their kippah's on for a change. William read the four questions from the Haggadah when it was his turn. He reads out loud well. Much of their Jewish learning outside the home is centered around schoooool.

This seder created a a fun memory for them outside of our usual confines. In an assimilated culture I am so happy they (and me) observed some beautiful traditions. My boys got along well with her oldest son. My boys continue to talk about playing with her son again.

Being with a midwife on Passover reminds me of the Exodus midwives. If it were not for the Hebrew midwives disregarding Pharaoh's creed to kill the newborn boys, the Jewish population wouldn't have multiplied. Nothing much has changed in the thousands of years; culture negatively affects birth and midwives today still need Godly strength to bring women the births they want.

There is a figurative translation of leaving Egypt that I love. That is thinking of "slavery" as our mental limitation and freeing ourselves from our own personal bondage. This applies to many aspects of day-to-day life and includes the way we plan to give birth. Are you held in bondage by your beliefs about birth?


Lauren said...

I loved reading this story. When I lived in Providence, I learned how to make Matzo Ball Soup. Good stuff! I was taught by the grandmother of the children I babysat/nannied.

Did William read the four questions from the Haggadah in Hebrew or English?

Permission to Mother said...

But he said he could probably read them slowly in Hebrew.

Wife to the Rockstar said...

GREAT post. I have REALLY enjoyed all of your posts about your Jewish traditions. I would love to attend a seder.

Permission to Mother said...

Thanks C. I would love for you to attend one has beautiful as Alanna's, Like I posted I experienced a big difference between a private seder vs. congretional. Of course their is a place for both. I've had a lot of gentiles tell me they have attended seders/mock seders at their congregation. I could only imagine how much more that would be than a traditional seder.

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