Monday, April 9, 2012

Passover/Seder Meal 2012

This is the second year we've put on our own Seder meal. This time we got brave and asked some good friends of ours over. Not everybody was able to make it, but we had fun anyway. I bought skull caps for the guys and all the girls wore lace head coverings. We got out all the fine china and crystal and roasted the last of our lamb that we've been saving for the Passover Meal.

We used the "30 minute Seder" Haggadah and that moved things along for the children. Both Josiah and his friend, Jake, looked sharp in their suits and skull caps. They both love to dress up!

My friend, Cora, with Hailey and Hannah, all looked beautiful in their nice clothes and head coverings. The kids were very good through out the ceremony. I think dressing up helps.

Ceremonial washing of the hands.

Michael breaks the matzah.

Broken matzah, the symbol of affliction and poverty of the the Hebrew people.

When Josiah received his skull cap it came with a tiny book of scriptures from the Torah, written in Hebrew. He figured out how to hang it from his hat. It is tradition to for a male child to bind the scriptures to his forehead. I was proud of him for figuring out a way to have it on his forehead. Now he wants to learn Hebrew so he can read it.

Instead of wine, we used grape juice. Due to several errors that we made while reading the Haggadah, we all ended up with several glasses of grape juice too many. The kids kept having to leave the ceremony to go to the bathroom. That is how much grape juice they drank! It kept them busy though, LOL.

After the ceremony was finished and we had eaten all that was on the Seder plate, we moved on to the Passover Feast. I made a delicious matzo ball soup from the "Passover Cookbook" I recently purchased. The lamb was awesome as usual. I used my garlic and thyme roasted lamb recipe. Josiah made a cabbage, carrot, cucumber salad with a ginger dressing. 

This interesting looking dessert was supposed to be a meringue island with strawberry sauce. Twice now, I've tried to make a meringue with sucanat and it just doesn't work. We poached this in boiling water. It looked good at first, but then it sunk down and looked, as Josiah quaintly put it, " like a brown turd". I just smothered it with this delicious strawberry sauce and almost everyone ate it without any problems. Just goes to show it is all about the sauce!

We'll try some different recipes each year, some will be keepers, some will not. All the kids loved it and thanked us for doing it. I think having them help with the meal and the table setting really helped them feel invested in the Seder ceremony and feast. It is a wonderful way to instill God's word in them and give them an appreciation for Jewish culture. Of course as Christians, we easily can find elements of Jesus throughout the ceremony. Can't wait for next year!

God Bless,


Lizzy said...

What a neat idea! when did you start doing this and what brought about the idea? It looks like you all had a great time and that the kids learned a lot. So glad you enjoyed your Easter holiday! :)

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

This is our second year of doing our own Seder Meal. I went to a community Seder and loved it. By doing it at home, we can adapt it to our kids ages. I thought it would be fun and it was :) We will definitely continue doing it in the future. It is another layer to Christ's story as he entered Jerusalem for Passover just before he was crucified. Plus, as Christians, we can see that the Passover points to Jesus the Messiah. It also brings the Old Testament alive for the kids as they learn about Jewish traditions and teaches them respect for the Hebrew people.

tamy said...

we usually do this at church. It is so wonderful that you are making the Bible real for your children.

Connie said...

What a meaningful time you had with your family. So much work. Am sure the memories will linger long with the children.

Jill said...

How lovely! Thanks for sharing this experience.


Ellie Rae said...

That is SO NEAT. We did that one year when my husband was taking a Bible class, but we never thought as far as head coverings! Good job!

Catherine said...

Looks delicious...well, most of it. I look forward to next year's meal too!

Patty said...

I'm sure your children have learned so much through these experiences. I couldn't help but laugh at the over abundance of grape juice.

Brenda Bonney said...

Jackie, Here's a great dessert recipe that we used this year for our Seder:

Flourless Chocolate Cake

4 1-ounce squares semisweet chocolate, chopped

½ C. butter

¾ C. sucanat

½ C cocoa powder

3 eggs, beaten

1 t. vanilla

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Grease an 8-inch round cake pan and dust with cocoa powder. Melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler. Remove from heat and stir in sucanat, cocoa powder, eggs, and vanilla. Pour into pan and bake 30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes in pan, then turn onto wire rack and cool completely. Slices can also be reheated for 20 to 30 seconds in the microwave before serving.


Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Thank you for sharing that recipe with me, Brenda! I will definitely have to give it a whirl :) I just had it added to the new MOPS cookbook that we are putting together for a fundraiser, too. Thank you!


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