The Seder is particularly challenging as there are so many courses: matzoh and charoset
, eggs and salt water, gefilte fish and matzoh ball soup -- all before a main course and buffet of desserts.
Fragrant spices have long been regarded within the tradition as purifying and sacred; they remain central to the observance of Havdalah (the ceremony that marks the end of Shabbat), and the preparation of charoset
is something that's mandatory at every Passover Seder, but it's also great to incorporate into recipes.
The four questions famously ask, "On all other nights we dip only once; why on this night do we dip twice?" The first dipping is karpas, the vegetable dipped into salt water; the second is the bitter herb (maror) dipped into charoset
. In the earliest seders, there wasn't much that distinguished the first dipping from the second.
Two specifics I purposely looked for as indicators of thoroughness were indeed included: iron-skillet Southern cornbread and the two main ethnic variations of Passover charoset
(Ashkenazic and Sephardic).
The Seder, was sponsored by the Jerusalem-based Shavei Israel organization, which sent Kaifeng all of the traditional Passover items including: Kosher Matzah packages from Israel, Kosher for Passover wine, Passover Haggadahs (traditional book used on Passover that explains the order of the Seder), which were prepared especially in Hebrew and Chinese, Kosher for Passover cakes, traditional red horseradish, and traditional Charoset
(a sweet, dark-colored paste made of fruits and nuts eaten at the Passover Seder).
They dipped parsley in salt water and made Hillel sandwiches out of matzah bread and a mixture of apples, cinnamon and nuts called charoset
The Matzah, the wine, the four questions and the charoset
all contribute to Passover's popularity on the Jewish Holiday list.
Well, for starters I found out that I'm a charoset
-- A coarse mixture of chopped nuts, apples or dates, and wine, meant to symbolize the mortar used by the Jewish slaves to build the storehouses of Egypt.
She's an expert maker of charoset
and matzah balls.
reminds us of Pharaoh's oppression and of the human defiance without which the Exodus would have been impossible.