Passover Meal – How To

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We have given you a lot of information over the last week about Passover. All this information can become overwhelming, so today we are going to try to tie it all together.  Hopefully it will help you plan your own complete Passover Meal.  If this seems too much or if your kids are too little, feel free to shorten it or just do the parts that you think the kids will understand. Each year you can add a new element. The making of the Matzah bread and the explanation of the Seder plate is a fun place to start.

 How to prepare for the Passover Meal

1) Make Matzo Bread

The Jews had to make bread without yeast because they were to quickly leave Egypt. This tradition has continued through the years to remember their deliverance from slavery.  One traditional way to experience the urgency is to try make the Matzo bread in 18 minutes or less. The entire process of making the Matzah from mixing flour and water to piercing of holes and baking must take no more than 18 minutes. In Hebrew the number 18 represents “chai” which is the symbol for life. Leaving Egypt was the start of a new life for the Jews. Matzo is also a symbol for purity and righteousness before God, because it does not have any yeast in it. With Jesus we are able to begin a new, pure, redeemed life in Him. This is a fun activity to do with the kids, and this bread is SO much better than the store bought matzo!!  The recipe we use is http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Matzah/Detail.aspx

2) Make the Seder Plate:

This plate is full of symbolism and aids in telling the story of the Israelites’ freedom from Pharaoh. You do not have to own an official “Seder plate” to do this activity. I typically use one of my serving platters and place our dipping bowls on the plate filled with each of these elements.

  • Z’roah is a roasted lamb shank bone, the forearm. (We used a wooden spoon or a stick)
  • Karpas is typically parsley, chervil, celery or potatoes. (We used parsley.)
  • Chagigah is a roasted brown egg. (We use a hard boiled white egg)
  • Maror is a bitter herb such as chicory, cress, horseradish. (I bought prepared horseradish)
  • Charoset is a mixture of fruit, nuts and wine. (We used this recipe: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Haroset-for-Passover/Detail.aspx
  • Salt Water: We place a small bowl of salt water on the plate to dip herbs in.
  • Glasses
    • You will need 4 glasses for each person at the table. (We used one wine/water glass per person and 3 Dixie cups per person)
    • You will need one cup that is the “Elijah cup” that no one will actually drink out of.

3) Plan your Passover Menu

In 2013 we served:

In 2014 we served:

You can plan your own menu by searching out recipes on the internet or by looking through cookbooks at your local library.

Two websites that I use are: Spark People and Yummly.com

4) Prepare your Scripture Readings and Explanation (Called the “Haggadah”)

You can read more or less depending on the ages of your kids. Some passages may just need to be summarized or have the highlighted scriptures picked out.

Printable:  |  PDF_Picture  The OPL Haggadah   |

Here are the main Scriptures:

  • John 8:31-32, 34-36
  • Psalms 113:1-9 and 114:1-8
  • Exodus 11-13
  • John 5:24
  • 1 Corinthians 11:23-24
  • 1 Corinthians 5:7
  • Isaiah 53:1-12
  • John 1:29
  • Psalm 115-118 (We used Psalm 115:14-15, 116:1-6, 117:1-2, 118:25-29)
  • Matthew 26:26-30
  • Revelation 3:20
  • Luke 1:17

We hope that this is helpful for you as you begin to learn about Passover and incorporate it into your Easter preparation.  

 

Here are some pictures of our 2014 Passover celebration:

Making the Matzo bread in 18 minutes or less:

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Two very tasty dishes:  Matzo Crusted Chicken and Lemony Potatoes and Scallions:

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Egg, horseradish, and charoset:

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Celebrating with family:

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One thought on “Passover Meal – How To

  1. Ruth Larkin says:

    This is awesome!!! So much work and time put into communicating what you do so we can benefit from it. Thanks so much!!!

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