March 25th marks the first night of Passover with the Passover Seder being the kick-off event. Luckily our Seder is very short and to the point, thanks dad! However, I do remember when Passover was not that way. Ever since I was little, my parents hosted Passover for our very large local family which included grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Since my brother and I are the youngest of that generation, we always had to sit at the kid’s table. But we did have our own brand of fun and it never failed that my mother and aunt would always shush us during the Seder. This was a very different time, there were no cell phones, no answering machines, no cable TV, no computers and no MP3 players. It’s hard for my niece who is 10, to imagine a time like this, and now I feel like I am sounding like my father, who had to walk in the snow to school uphill both ways :).
We simply didn’t have distractions so we were able to pay attention, at least for the first hour, to the story of Moses and how he freed the Jewish people from slavery. I always feel like Moses must have looked a lot like Charlton Heston. Yes, the 10 Commandments was showing even when I was young, along with the Sound of Music. Dear friends, if you can explain to me why the Sound of Music is on TV every year around this time, I would like to know. I can’t figure out the correlation between that movie and Easter.
Now that I am older, well middle-aged, I look back on those fond memories of the Seder where my mom really did keep kosher. She cleaned every cabinet, floor and drawer in the kitchen to get out any chumetz or bread crumbs for you non-Jews. Here is the literal meaning – leavened foods that are forbidden on the Jewish holiday of Passover. According to Jewish law, Jews may not own, eat or benefit from chametz during Passover. This law appears several times in the Torah (that’s the Jewish bible); the punishment for eating chametz on Passover is the divine punishment of kareth (“spiritual excision”), one of the severest levels of punishment in Judaism. Okay, so I admit, I did not know that I have been punished every year during passover, because eventually, I do break down and eat something that I shouldn’t.
For those of you who would like to try some excellent Passover recipes check out the following:
Have a great week everyone and enjoy your holiday, whatever you celebrate. I’m going to see Church Ladies Basement (I think that’s the name of it) with my friend Rupal on Easter, thought its very fitting for the day.
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