Thursday, April 21, 2011

seder meal

and after tucking the chillins
all snug in their beds
and brushing the matzo crumbs from my keyboard,
i can finally sit down
which sort of feels like the first time today.

preparing the seder meal for passover
is, however, not half the work
that the christmas feast is,
but preparing the plate,
each item chock full of meaning--
is perhaps much more interesting.

and it's even a tad serendipitous
that the girls attend a jewish school,
where they have been planning for this holiday for weeks.
each day they come home
and tell me more about what they have learned--
how baby moses floated down the river,
how the israelites were held captive in egypt,
how moses parted the red sea and led his people
to freedom. . .
and of course, about the passover or pesach holiday.
and as part of that
they both made their own seder plates,
and learned about each item that goes on it,
and what it means.

and as i prepared ours for this evening,
they watched with great anxiousness,
recognizing each one from their own plates,
telling me about each one.
and when i filled a small bowl with salted water
to go with the karpas,
milla even asked if i wanted her to cry into it
(since it is to represent the tears of the israelites).

we ate our seder meal
by candlelight in a dim room,
reading luke and john's accounts of the last supper
and reverently (most of the time) remembering
what our Lord did on this day
almost 2000 years ago.


Rebecca said...

What an amazing teaching experience-for you and your kids! I've done a terrible job over here. I think I first need to study the Jewish details myself because I have no idea what food that is nor what it means. I guess my Easter week will have to be a more condensed, less detailed, Easter day.

Johnna said...

The Seder is beautiful. Of course it's much more work than a Christmas if you observe more of the tradition and clean the whole house first to clear it from any corrupting yeast.

I wrote a Haggadah for my friends and family Seder almost fifteen years ago.

Last week an old classmate on Facebook was suggesting adding another food to the plate, to represent the British Occupation. I love how the Seder tradition is so rich it invites additions like that.

Lindsay Van Orden said...

hang on. i mean, jen, you are super amazing at all these festivities and cool things you do for your kids (i am totally writing down many of your ideas), but i am totally off all of that.. what the glasses? when did milla get those? don't remeber you ever posting about that....!

ps: no, i do not spell check before i post on my blog. i think i'm smarter than that. clearly, i should think twice about that.

Jill said...

That is the sweetest thing that Milla asked if she could cry into the cup.

Olgon said...

Это грандиозно!

Marla said...

you do the most beautiful things with your children! i'm moving in!