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Diane: Here in Israel, we have only one
seder. My husband tries to give a lot of
commentary geared toward kid level so
that the children can understand what
Passover is all about.
Our 10-year-old son also gives several
commentaries. Each of the children
recites the Four Questions. Actually, last
year was the first year that all three did.
It's exciting as each becomes old enough
to actively participate.
Our two smaller children usually conk
out at about 10 p.m., even though we
insist on naps beforehand. Yehudah, our
eldest, tries to stay up until the end; we
try to finish by midnight.
Staci: After the Kiddush and everyone is
seated, each person is given his or her
own grab bag. Inside are the props and
parts each is responsible for during the
evening. Examples: someone may have a
baby boy, a burning bush, a puppet to
represent one of four sons. Everyone gets
sunglasses for darkness. The children,
wearing backpacks, walk through the
crepe paper of the Red Sea.
People also have readings in English
and Hebrew. Everyone at the table is
included in the seder at least once.
We conclude our seder with
"Hatikvah" and "God Bless America."
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Nancy: My favorite Passover food is the
charoset (a Passover paste usually
from apples, nuts and wine). Howard
loves his grandmother's gefilte fish.
John: I love matzah ball soup.
Diane: My all-time favorite Pesach food
is charoset. Until I came to Israel, I
always thought it was supposed to be
coarse like the bricks.
Then I learned that it is supposed to
be nearly pureed like the mortar. So now
I make it in the food processor, rather
than chopping the apples by hand.
We have a tradition in our family to
save some for the seventh day of Pesach
to eat at a third meal, as well. It gets bet-
ter with age because the wine and cinna-
mon soak in. Yum.
st year, the security situation in
Israel was extremely bad on Passover,
and the rabbis advised everyone to stay
Roberta: Our son in law, Jack, leads the
at home rather than going on day trips.
seder using the Art Scroll Family
That meant that our kids were home for
Haggadah. It's in Hebrew and English
a week with all their friends, and chil-
and has pictures. We all take turns read- • dren were constantly in the house.
ing in English.
I hadn't purchased a lot of potato
Elli attends a Jewish preschool and
chips and junk food for Passover because.
learns about the holiday and the songs.
of the prices, so we had very little for
We started a new tradition. It is difficult
them to nosh on. I ended up baking
for some family members to wait until
every day so they'd have snack food
the proper place in the service to start
besides fruit and matzah.
eating. So before we start, we serve soup
The result is that I came up with
and salad, but no matzah.
some very good Pesach cake recipes:
Food for both seders is typically
Ashkenazic. I usually make an apple
matzah kugel that was in the first ORT
cookbook, and chocolate-chip meringue 4 large or 5 small eggs, separated
1/2 c. walnut oil
Eli and Micah are the only children at
the seder. Next year, when Micah will be 3/4 c. potato starch
2 1/2, we expect he will give Elli a run for 3 T. lemon juice
the money in searching for the
1 pkg. vanilla sugar
1/2 c. shredded coconut
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In a small bowl, beat egg whites with
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In larger bowl, beat egg yolks until
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thick. Add sugar, lemon juice, coconut,
Democrat to Republican, though, espe-
oil and vanilla sugar one at a time, beat-
cially now with a Republican Congress.)
ing well after each addition. Add potato
starch and stir until just mixed. Fold in
Ione: The evening of the first seder, in
addition to the main theme of the holi-
Pour into lightly greased 9" square
day, is spent reviewing the past year with pan and bake at 350F for about 1/2
those we have not had the pleasure of
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All our best wishes for happiness
enjoying closeness with during that
time, for one reason or another.
It is a time not only to review the his-
torical, but also to renew the depth of
personal ties, to renew our vows, to
treasure the profound gift of love,
friendship and family.
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