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Monday, April 18, 2011


Passover begins this evening. Last week a friend asked me for resources to use in putting together a Seder, or Passover meal. This is what I suggested:

I have never done a complete Seder: I doubt that they did the whole 4 hour tour de force in Jesus' day either. So, I usually serve small amounts of the traditional foods and talk about what they symbolize, what Jesus reinterpreted them as and what Passover means to us.

I made up my own charoset recipe using canned apple pie filling, walnuts and raisins. It is delicious. Email me if you want the recipe.

I serve lamb (rather than just a bone) because Jesus would have eaten lamb and most students I've had have never tasted lamb. I like lamb chops cut into small chunks and grilled. Eat them hot with kosher salt.

Baking the eggs sometimes causes them to explode. You can just hard-cook them most of the way and then just brown the shells for a few minutes in an oven to get the right look.

The booklet that each dinner guest has at a Passover seder is called a haggadah. They are available at most bookstores. Many are available free online: there are links below.

If you want Christian interpretation at your Seder, look for a Messianic Passover Haggadah, like these

There are a LOT of good Jewish sources for Passover information

A simplified Haggadah to print out :

A complete Haggadah, English and Hebrew

Have a good time. Rebecca Stay


  1. I found a really sweet Passover sticker book that I'm going to do with the kids...thanks for the reminder!

  2. After looking around for some time for a haggadah that I found acceptable, I finally decided I needed to make my own. I have been working on it for several years now, refining it more before and after each passover season. I have removed some sections completely (dayenu, 4 sons, etc) and have included the fifth cup, which I find so important and so neglected. I attend your Wednesday class in the Avenues (I am the one who asked you for the reading assignment so I could read it in Hebrew). If you are interested in seeing it, just ask me. For weeks I have been thinking of asking your to take a look at it and maybe even go over it with a red pen. Thank you for your phenomenal classes. I love attending them!