Saturday, April 04, 2015

Passover Photos

My sister Elaine preparing the potatoes before the Seder.
Traditional sweet wine and some of the Passover symbols on the plate.
Larry holds up the matzoh: "This is the bread of affliction"
Gefilte fish: a traditional appetizer.
Elaine's friend Jenny, and Len.
Matzoh-ball soup: another tradition.
Last night we enjoyed a Seder, the traditional Passover meal, with my sister Elaine and brother-in-law Larry. I didn't take photos of every possible group of people or every course, but above are a few of typical parts of the ceremony and the food. Especially, I missed a photo of their friend David (he was sitting next to me).

On Passover, I love the preparation and the enjoyment of being with friends and family, but I think about our grandmothers and great-grandmothers and all the work they did to prepare for the festival, especially during the early years when Jews were new immigrants to the US. Though I love the modern celebration, like last night's, I can't forget the way things were in the past and the problems the Jews of the world still face. For a longer description of my thoughts, see this post: Passover: Hardships of the Past.


Lynn said...

Your meal looks really nice, Mae. I have always wanted to attend a Passover Seder. It sounds like a wonderfully meaningful dinner. We are in the midst of preparing for tomorrow's Easter dinner. A special time of year.

Anonymous said...

Happy Passover and it is lovely to see your traditions and the way your family celebrates. Yes, it's terrible that all around the world there seems to be a rise in persecution of the Jewish people. But God will always defend His people xx