This year, Passover (Pesach) begins on Friday, April 15 . In times past, we have met together as a community and had a large Passover celebration. However, as we have grown, it has become more difficult and expensive to continue this practice. Furthermore, as we read the account of the first Passover, Exodus 12 states:
Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household. If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat.
Rather than the entire community meeting together at one location to celebrate Pesach, we will meet in our homes, sharing with our "neighbors" so that all are able to enjoy a meaningful set-apart time. This is how Passover has been celebrated for the last 3,500 years. With this in mind, we want to make sure that everyone in our community is included and that no one is left out of the opportunity to celebrate this feast day (Hebrew: mo'ed).
We are developing teaching, instruction and guidance for those who would like a better understanding of how to host and conduct a Passover Seder. (By the way, the Hebrew word seder means "arrangement" or "order.") Here is our list of resources so far. Each week, we will be adding to this list of resources that you may find helpful as you prepare to conduct your own Pesach Seder.
- Passover Haggadah - The Hebrew word haggadah literally means "the telling." Typically, at traditional Passover celebrations, there is a booklet available for the participants to read and follow along as the story of the first Passover is told. There are many forms of this booklet available on the Internet, from various other sources, or you may choose not to use one at all. Living Messiah has developed a Passover Haggadah which you may print, copy and use if you would like. We have also have a Spanish version of the Haggadah available.
- Instructional Video - We have put together a short instructional video with guidance to help you host and conduct your own Passover Seder.
Recipes - Here are a few recipes for some of the dishes commonly associated with the Passover meal.
More will be added as we receive them.
If you have any favorite recipes, send them along to us!
- Here is a recipe for Charoset , the sweet mixture of chopped nuts and apples that symbolizes the mortar the Hebrews were forced to make as slaves in Egypt.
- Here is a great recipe for making your own Matzoh , the unleavened bread that the Hebrews made for Passover as they prepared to leave Egypt. (Of course, Matzoh can usually be purchased at local grocery stores as well.)
- Dayenu - There is a traditional song that is often heard at Pesach called "Dayenu." This is a Hebrew word which can be translated "it would have been enough." We have put both the words and music as well as a YouTube video here for you to look at. It is quite a catchy tune and serves as a good reminder of Pesach.
We're looking forward to a great Pesach!