Tell me about your seder

seder6.jpgYes, I know we only recently celebrated Rosh Chodesh Adar, the first days of the month in which Purim falls, but I’m always (or at least occasionally) thinking ahead about future blog posts.

I’ve already posted this on facebook, but I know some my readers don’t follow me there.
What seder traditions are unique to your family? I’m not necessarily looking for well though out, meaningful tradtions. I’m just as interested (perhaps even more so) in that stained tablecloth, that silly joke, that unusuall melody or that one of a kind recipe without which your seder wouldn’t be complete.
I’ll be including some of your answers (anonymously) in an upcoming piece for Thanks in advance!
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Becky Wolsk

posted March 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I’m so amused to see you blogging ahead to Pesach because I just wrote a four-part series on my blog about Purim prep. Last week I did so much baking to test the dough and filling recipes that I wound up giving out all my mishloach manot ahead of time. My Jewish friends were like, “Uh, you must be hyper-organized or in another time zone.” My Christian friends were like, “Uh, Happy Hannukah?”
I mentioned you in the fourth installment of my Purim Prep series because I admore your blog-essay “Mishloach Manot or They’re Really Just Not That Into Us,” and “Homeshuling” is a great made-up word.
That blog post is at this link:
And you can see the posts in their entirety by clicking here:
Sorry for making this comment so long and self-promotional. Occupational hazard.

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posted March 10, 2011 at 6:54 am

We have a pretty traditional seder although it is small with just the 3 of us many times. The one unusual thing we do is “act out” the story via Let My People Go

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posted March 10, 2011 at 10:32 am

I make my matzah ball soup the English way – with ground almonds. Gives them a difference texture (it’s harder to make them fluffy, but schmaltz helps) and they taste delicious. It used to be almost impossible to find ground almonds here in the US, but thankfully Trader Joes carries them!

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Left-Coast Barb

posted March 10, 2011 at 1:00 pm

We begin our seder with an adult saying, “I think I hear someone! I think we have a visitor!” and a child walks in from the hall wearing a kaffeyah, and carrying a walking stick and backpack. The adult and child then say:
“Where are you going?”
“I’m going to Jerusalem!”
“And what are you carrying?”
“I’m carrying matzah!”
“Welcome! Would you join us?”
Then the matzah for the seder is taken from the pack, and put in the matzah covers.
We throw the throwable plagues over the bar from the kitchen onto the seder table. Very exciting!
And, we set the table low so that we sit on the floor on pillows(doors with the knobs removed and Xerox boxes work great), and make the table so that it looks like a River Nile. We have pyramids on plates formed out of the Sephardic-style charoset–a moldable version made from apricots, figs, pine nuts. And the “Pacific Northwest charoset”–dried cherries, dried apples, and hazelnuts.
We have the steps on a big sheet of paper, and the kids get to pass a crayon around and take turns x-ing out the steps as we finish them.
We ALWAYS have matzah roca.

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Mrs. Stippy

posted March 11, 2011 at 3:08 pm

On the second night, we have a more relaxed seder. We do a puppet show at the table instead of reading through the Haggadah again, which keeps the small kids’ attention a bit better. The seder plate is made of chocolate and we enjoy it for dessert.

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posted March 30, 2011 at 8:09 am

Memories of seders from my childhood in Montreal are the ones I treasure most. The amazing aroma of chicken soup with with fresh spring vegetables simmering at my Bobbye’s stove,Matza balls so big they threatened to knock the lid off the huge pot they bubbled in, carefully separating endless eggs to help create the fluffy sponge cake covered in parave whipped cream and strawberries (my birthday frequently fell during Pesach), watching endless dishes being assembled by my Bobbye’s small but strong hands, polishing the dining room table that seated all the family — no matter how many arrived… Remembering my Zadye indulgently allowing the chaos and excitement to go on around him as he went through the entire Haggadah ( we each had a different one)… The hunt for the Affikoman that was “hidden” in the same place each year — these are the warm thoughts I have as I anticipate my adult sons, parents, brother and niece sharing this year’s Seder with my husband and myself. I can only hope that we are creating memories my family will treasure in the years to come…

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