April 12, 2006, - 3:50 pm

In Observance of Passover: To My Friends & Readers

By Debbie Schlussel
To my Jewish friends and readers, Happy Passover. To my Christian friends and readers, Happy Easter.
In observance of the first two days of Passover, I will be out of blog commission. I will try to have some new items for my webmaster to post in the interim, but otherwise, I’ll be back on Monday.
The holiday of Passover begins at sundown tonight and lasts eight days (on the first two and last two of which it’s forbidden to blog or work). We celebrate Passover, one of the major Jewish holidays, to commemorate Jewish slavery in Egypt and our exodus and freedom from it. This is especially meaningful at this time, as Islamists from Egypt and around greater Arabia want to do us harm and re-enslave not just Jews but Christians, non-believers, and anyone who is not as extreme as they are.
We must celebrate our freedom while we still have it.

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Passover Matzoh

On the first two nights of Passover, we conduct a ceremony around dinner that is called a “Seder” (literally means “order” in Hebrew). We eat various foods that symbolize various aspects of slavery in Egypt, freedom from it, and the exodus to Israel. (At that time, the only Palestinians were Jews.) During the entire eight days, we do not eat bread or anything leavened, and instead eat a flatbread, called, “matzoh.” We do so because the Jews had to leave Egypt to freedom so quickly, the dough was on their backs and did not have time to rise. Also, the flat bread is considered the bread of affliction and poverty that Jews ate as slaves. (Because of this, during Passover, we also do not eat foods with various ingredients like corn syrup, etc.)
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Passover Seder Plate

There is so much more to the holiday. It is a great educational experience for both kids AND adults. For more details read about it here, here, and here.

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11 Responses

Enjoy a Happy and Healthy Holiday for you and your family.

P. Aaron on April 12, 2006 at 4:42 pm

Happy Pesach, Debbie! May you dine and recline for those that toiled and boiled for the journey to the promised land.

Yiddish Steel on April 12, 2006 at 7:29 pm

what would be wrong if you took a whole week and a half?it’s such a nice time of the year.

danny on April 12, 2006 at 8:43 pm

Or you could accept Jesus as your savior and become a completed/Messianic Jew.

sburstall on April 13, 2006 at 7:59 am

I guess if the jews had christ at the time of Hitler, sure!They would’ve been the one’s killing or the one’s that didn’t do shit to save people.Why don’t you take your salvation and help (hands on)not waiting with christ in your heart for him to do it.I’d be the first to accept jesus in my heart if jesus did anything in modern times.But not yet right?Blow me

danny on April 13, 2006 at 6:15 pm

debbie let’s move to Israel so we only have 7 days of passover (food).

shleppy on April 13, 2006 at 10:44 pm

Danny, my pal, settle down. Don’t be spreading hate…that’s my and Thee_Bruno’s job.
Let’s be tolerant, my bro.

The_Man on April 14, 2006 at 1:04 am

Not even close,to the ignorant hate in your life.

danny on April 14, 2006 at 11:25 am

Hey babe,
Save me a scoop of charoset. Happy Passover, my conservative firebrand!

mxmat2 on April 14, 2006 at 11:35 pm

Or maybe have no religion at all. So I guess I’m on the Highway to Hell. Anywho, out of respect to my Jewish and Christian brothers and sisters, Happy Passover and for the Christians, Happy Easter. I’m in Canada to party.

KOAJaps on April 15, 2006 at 11:04 pm

According to THE IRON CHEF(made in Japan),from the gefilte fish showdown:”Although
the “shmurra matzoh”-the circular matzoh above that is guarded against the leavening process costs around $18 lb.,both it and the el cheapo square variety are equally constipating.”

jaywilton on April 17, 2006 at 9:53 am

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