April 8, 2009, - 6:34 pm

On Passover 2009

By Debbie Schlussel
To my friends and readers:
If you are Jewish, a Happy and Kosher Passover to you. If you are not, please note that at sundown tonight, Passover, the Jewish holiday marking the freedom of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt, begins. Therefore, I’ll be out of blog commission for the next three days. Rest assured, however, that I’ve prepared some stuff I think is good, timely, and interesting, which will be up during the next couple of days in my absence.
On Passover, for eight days, we don’t eat leavened bread, and instead, eat a flat, cracker-like bread (of which the dough doesn’t have time to rise), called “matzoh.” (It’s not a low-carb holiday.) For the first two nights, we hold a special ceremonial dinner, called the “Seder” (which means “order”) during which we tell the story of the Jews’ enslavement and how G-d performed miracles and freed them from Egypt, taking them to the land of Israel (yes, Jews have been in Israel since then, not just after the Holocaust as the Muslims would have you believe). We eat certain foods, such as bitter herbs and vegetables dipped in salt water, to remember the bitterness and tears of slavery.
Here’s a cute music video that explains the basics:


Passover Matzoh

I’ve written about Passover many times in years past (see also here), and you can read even more details here, here, and here. But for now, please note that the holiday has special meaning, especially at this time. The Jews beat their Middle Eastern oppressors then and every enemy since. We’ve always survived. And I hope and pray we will survive our Mid-Eastern enemies now. The Jews’ Egyptian slavers then are no longer around (the current Egyptians are not of the same people).
One other note: a lot of companies, including Coca-Cola and Pepsi, make special Kosher for Passover versions of some of their products. I especially like the kosher for Passover Coke because, since corn syrup is not kosher, it’s made with a purer form of sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup.
See you back on Saturday Night or Sunday. And until then, please stay tuned to the stuff I’ve written for you in my absence. I have one other thing to post today, too.
Thanks for your continued readership. Although I always joke that “these Jewish holidays are killing me,” this holiday is truly the time of my freedom because I will be away from my computer and reading and relaxing. Thanks for sticking and staying while I’m away.
Here’s a hilarious “Curb Your Enthusiasm” Passover video from the Jewish Chabad Lubavitch movement, brought to my attention by my brilliant friend and great blogster, Vicious Babushka:


Passover Seder Plate

9 Responses

Happy Passover & best wishes.

Dave Fourputt on April 8, 2009 at 9:13 pm

LOL at the videos

mindy1 on April 8, 2009 at 9:20 pm

Is there not a process in which the matzo is broken into 3 pieces and one piece is hidden away, then discovered later?

sgatesam on April 8, 2009 at 10:27 pm

Chag kosher v’someach.
Happy and Kosher Passover and for many, many years to come.

Daniel on April 9, 2009 at 12:02 am

Happy Passover, Deborah! May the memory of God’s miracles in the land of Egypt never fades away.
For all the Christians who read and love Deborah’s blog, may the miracle God made on the cross, delivering us from the bondage of sin and death, never fades from our memory. EVER!

Mats on April 9, 2009 at 3:53 am

Now that video is cool! Thanks for sharing it here. Since it is the Passover season, I was interested to see how others are honoring theirs. I pray yours is a blessing.
I read a snippet of an article on the huffington post that made a passing reference to Obama’s Passover Seder in the White House, and understand that it is the first ever held by a president. For a moment there, I thought, ‘maybe BHO is not so bad after all.’ But then I read another article that said he was earmarking tickets to the annual Easter Egg Roll, held on the White House lawn, specifically for gays and lesbians, and got that sick feeling in my stomach all over again-actually, I think it is worse than before. Is there anything that man won’t profane?
What’s next for the White House, a lighted sleigh and reindeer landing on the rooftop of the White House, menorahs in ever window, and a nativity scene in the rose garden?
What an a$$ clown!

Mewize on April 9, 2009 at 5:36 am

Is there not a process in which the matzo is broken into 3 pieces and one piece is hidden away, then discovered later?
Posted by: sgatesam at April 8, 2009 10:27 PM
2 pieces. Why do you ask? (I have my hunches).

Shy Guy on April 9, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Brothers and Sisters
let us order ourselves around this table
to negotiate new covenants;
let’s rewrite our tragedies;
let’s renew history;
let’s translate our enslavement into the freedom of this moment.
Together we endured suffering; now
let’s share a certain future:
past afflictions can be transformed
into renewed blessings;
let us break bread and sing praises to life;
let our Hallelujahs resonate deeply as a tikkun nefesh.
Heal my soul. O Lord heal others so I can be healed.
Let us sing on each cup of wine that zest for life
that brings us home to this table,
to the singing of this story,
our arms about one another
Dancing into freedom.

OldScouter on April 9, 2009 at 4:01 pm

God bless you Debbie, your family, the Jewish People, Israel, every American Citizen, and every child on this Earth.
May we all find peace, happiness, and stability while adhereing to our fundamental core beliefs (even in public and against those who minimize/mock our faith which can never be taken from us) granted to us…by God.
May we celebrate God and all of the blessings bestowed onto each of us. By acknowledging God, and adhereing to his laws, we honor his works…and enrich our souls.
Take Care and God bless.
Jeffrey Schrembs

Nostradamus on April 10, 2009 at 1:46 am

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