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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Sharing our Seder

The boys really got a chance to show me how much they learned in Hebrew School. I wouldn't have been able to pull this Seder off without their help. I asked them what the most important thing about Passover was and their answer was the wine. When I asked them for a more significant meaning, I got various factual replies about freeing the Jews from slavery. The spiritual answer I was looking for is that Passover reminds us about freedom. We should not allow ourselves to be slaves to our fears and personal limitation.

So, what's on our Seder plate? You know about the parsley, Charoset, and horseradish. My cookbook suggested grapes and olives to replace the lamb shank with a scriptural reference. That red thing is an egg with silly putty in it. I just wanted something fun!


Charoset - From the Jewish Vegetarian Year Cookbook
Stuffed Kishke (knish) - From the Jewish Vegetarian Year Cookbook
Both of these were EASY. 4 out 5 in my house liked it. That's a good rating! Both make good left overs. It's the first time I made either and they both turned out well. I will be looking at the other recipes in this book.
Matzoh Ball Soup in Vegetable Broth.
Boiled Chicken - my husband and William insist, so I boiled it seperately and added it to theirs after.
Passover Kugel - from the Vegan Heart Doctor's Blog

This was plenty of food for us. We were very informal. I am usually to unorganized to do stuff like this. The Vegetarian Cookbook helped for my last minute planning (which began this morning) because The ingredients were things I mostly keep in the house. Made it easy!

Scott read the four questions in Hebrew. I can't even do that! He is so excited to be able to do that for us.
After they ate, they searched for the Afikomen. They searched high and low. David and Scott found it. The Seder doesn't end until the children find the hidden piece of matzo in return for a prize. The prize was Silly Puddy for each and some chocolate.

Last of all is a photo of the knish. Photographing food I prepare really isn't my thing, but I thought this recipe came out really cool. I hope you enjoyed learning about Passover through our eyes.


fitncrafty said...

It looks like you had a really great sedar! The boys look so happy.. and your food looks delicious! I am going to have to try the heart docs kugal... maybe tomorrow.. I think I have all that stuff!!!
Thanks for sharing, Happy Passover... Great post! I can hear Miriam's song in my head!

Lily Girl said...

My family is protestant and my paternal grandparents were missionaries but they always put a special emphasis on the Jewish heritage of our faith. When I was little they always answered their phone "shalom" and had a mezzuzah affixed to their front entry. They also did an annual passover seder for the 4th grade class at our church, teaching about the symbolism and importance of each of the foods on the seder plate. Your post brought back happy memories of them, thank you.

Orlando Realtor said...

I wish I were there! Sounds like fun.

Trish Chibas said...

This is a great post! I love learning about other religions and traditions. Great pics! It looks like your family had a wonderful passover.

crispy said...

I was hoping you would share. Thanks. I am also impressed with asking the questions in Hebrew. That shows that all the training and educating is paying off. I hope it was a special time for you all.

Tammie said...

Looks like a fun time! The food sounds delish too! I love the smiles on your boy's faces!

Wife to the Rockstar said...

I love them you do these posts about your traditions.

Cantor Debbi Ballard said...

Back at you! I loved reading about your Vegetarian/Healthy seder! I'm also happy that your son was excited to read the Four questions during the seder!

Thanks for dropping by my blog - glad to be able to read yours!

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