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Showing posts with label Haggadah. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Haggadah. Show all posts

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Passover Quiz

It's almost Passover and to help celebrate, here is a quiz where you can test your knowledge about this  pain in the a$#  Jewish holiday.

1.) Which traditional food is on the seder plate
      A.)  Chinese egg rolls (like we eat on Christmas)                     
      B.)  Matzah balls
      C.)  Haroset
      D.)  Ham & cheese sandwiches                                                                                                                                  
2.)  How do Jews prepare for Passover?
     A.)  Clean ovens, refrigerators, and spray Windex on flies
     B.)  Ritual fast of the first borns (Ha, ha, he who must not be named)
     C.)  Lug Passover dishes and kitchen supplies out of the attic
     D.)  All of the above

3.)  Matzah is called the bread of affliction because
     A.)  It causes Jews intestinal discomfort after eating it all week
     B.)  Slaves did not have time to finish baking bread when they ran away
     C.)  To punish Jews for all sins committed throughout the past year
     D.)  It tastes bad

4.)  The four questions are read by
     A.) The kid who can drink a cup of wine the fastest
     B.) The first kid to grab the Haggadah
     C.) The oldest kid in the family
     D.) The youngest kid in the family




Answers: 1.) C  2.)  D  3.) B  4.)  D
If you got all four questions correct, you may be a member of the tribe. :)


                                                                                                                    

 

Monday, April 9, 2012

#AtoZ : Hebrews

When Tevya spoke to God, he said, "I know, I know. We are Your chosen people. But, once in a while, can't You choose someone else."  Tevye was modeled after my grandfather's uncle, making me related to Sholem Aleichem, author of Fiddler on the Roof, and his grand daughter Belle Kaufman of Up the Down Staircase fame. I'm one of the people chosen to eat unleaven bread while others eat chocolate eggs.

I identify with Tevye when sitting around the Passover table. We enjoyed our family seders complete with our Haggadah, or seder book, that tells the story of our ancestors who were slaves in Egypt. The whole mishpacha took turns reading from the book. The best part of our seders, besides dinner, were the intellectual discussions. For example, we always end the seder with, "Next year in Jerusalem," but if we could really leave our homes and move to Israel for next year, would we? Or if God had only freed us from Egyptian slavery yet left us in the dessert to starve would it really have been enough? As Jews, we are taught to question thus providing great intellectual stimulation.

In the end, our story has not changed: They tried to kill us, we survived, let's eat.

After a week of eating matzah, maybe it will be a good thing to have left over Dulcolax from the colonoscopy.