L'Chayim! (To Life)
As you begin planning and preparing for Passover, we want to share some of the passover recipes
we have developed just for this special occasion. You'll find some old favorites as well as some new ideas. We hope some of these dishes find their way onto your Seder table when you and your family celebrate Passover this spring.
Passover is a Time
Passover is a time for Jews around the world to remember the hardships and joys of a people who have observed their faith for thousands of years. During Passover, all generations of the family gather for the Seder meal. The Passover Seder includes foods that symbolize the Passover story, like unleavened bread and root vegetables. The Seder and the foods help people remember and recreate, in some small measure, the hardships and sacrifices of their Jewish ancestors.
The table is set, like holiday meals everywhere, with fine linen, wine goblets, candles and flowers. Some families use a special set of china, perhaps used only for this occasion. The table also features other significant tableware such as the Seder Plate, Elijah's cup, a special matzos cover and, perhaps, a bowl and pitcher of water for the head of the table to wash hands.
Ancient Foods of Faith
Certain foods are central to the story of Passover. They help illustrate the Hagaddah (the story of Passover), which is read before the family enjoys its Seder dinner. The foods are presented on the Seder Plate, which is typically compartmentalized to hold the seven symbolic foods.
Is a roasted shankbone. It represents the Paschal lamb and deliverance of the people from slavery.
Is a mixture of crushed nuts, apples, cinnamon and honey or wine. It represents the mortar used by the Hebrew slaves to construct the Pharaoh's buildings.
Represents the tears of the Hebrew slaves in Egypt.