SOLC 27 of 31: Passover Traditions

Tonight starts the first night of Passover and later today we will be heading to my parents’ house for a small and intimate Passover. Tonight, I’m thankful that both my parents and I are fully vaccinated and that we can be together with each other and my husband and children this year – particularly because last year we couldn’t.

Passover, like many other holidays, evokes so many memories of generations of family members crowded around the table. Our Haggaddahs have evolved: reading from first the Maxwell Haggaddah (with Grandpa Ira), to a Haggaddah that my dad (Steven) wrote many years ago. This year we will be using a Social Justice Haggaddah, which I think my teenagers will really enjoy. Our music has also evolved from traditional songs such as Dayenu to singing Passover parodies such as “These are a few of my Passover Things” to listening/watching songs from the Maccabees (Jewish a capella group). We’ve also added interactive and engaging games and props to the seder table such as Plague Puppets so that we can act out the plagues and keep the kids occupied when they were younger.

I’m thrilled that my parents are still eager to host and capable of cooking and hosting. Each year, more recently I’ve been making a few dishes to contribute. I always make the traditional charoset (apples, cinnamon, nuts and wine). This year I’ve also made an apple “crumb” dessert, marshmallow and chocolate chip brownies and a carrot casserole. My mom will have other traditional staples such as Chicken Soup and Matzo Balls and Brisket. In addition, she always makes a jello mold (a nod to my Grandma Janet).

Holidays bring family together but also give us a moment to honor those who came before us by honoring parts of the holiday that they contributed. In doing so, our traditions evolve, but our memories linger.

3 Comments

  1. March 27, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    It’s neat to read about the traditions you are keeping and changing. May you have a lovely meal together!

  2. March 28, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Glad to be learning about a different tradition and religion. Most cultural and religious celebrations have family, food and community. Enjoy your celebration.

  3. caroline524 said,

    March 28, 2021 at 1:44 am

    I love how there are threads woven from one generation to the next. It is beautiful to keep the traditions alive.


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