Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Pretend Passover


I'm so sad that we cannot hold our huge family Passover Seder this year due to the Covid-19 Corona Virus pandemic. There are usually 25-30 of us gathered at my cousin's home. We cook and cook for days in advance. We drag out the old Haggadahs, music, dishes, silver goblets and Pesach plates for the event. It's a lot of work, but such a fun time.
Tropical Matzoh House Decoration

This year, it's just me and Larry in our little breakfast room, sheltering together. It's better than nothing. I'll be making matzoh ball soup, roast chicken, farfel pilaf and some steamed broccoli. Larry's not a big lover of macaroons, so we'll just have some Matzoh Crack for dessert. Matzoh Crack is matzoh, covered in chocolate and chopped pecans, hardened.
Knitted and Felted Matzoh Ball Soup by Tikkun Knits

Over the years I've threatened to knit and/or crochet some of the symbolic foods for the Pesach Plate. I might just make a few of these for this week:
Traditional Seder Plate, Knitted
There's a LOT of matzoh used during the dinner. Better to have a nice, open container for the matzoh on the table, easy to reach!
Matzoh Holder Pattern
There's even patterns to represent all of the plagues that the Jews suffered during the Passover Story:
The Ten Plagueswater turning to blood, frogs, lice, flies, livestock pestilence, boils, hail, locusts, darkness and the killing of firstborn children
Years ago, when we first started holding our family Seders at home, I compiled a family Haggadah using excerpts from our classic Temple Beth Am Haggadah, online references and other popular pieces.  I typed it out like a script so that when we go around the table, reciting the old story, everyone has a part.

I even found many song parodies online relating to Passover! We're a musical family, so singing is the best part! REALLY, check out the link to the song parodies. There are Broadway show tunes, current popular tunes, Beatles tunes and more! They are hilarious (and possibly solemn too).
Yes, I will miss my extended family tonight, the first night of Pesach, but I look forward to our gatherings in the future. Chat Pesach Sameach!   
To see an album of our past gatherings, click HERE

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