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. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passover_Seder_Plate
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.
A simplified Haggadah to print out : http://scheinerman.net/judaism/pesach/haggadah.pdf
A complete Haggadah, English and Hebrewhttp://judaism.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ/Ya&sdn=judaism&cdn=religion&tm=9&f=10&tt=14&bt=1&bts=0&zu=http%3A//www.jewishfreeware.org/downloads/folder.2006-01-07.0640323187/
Here is a pretty silly songbook : tunes you know (like "Maria" and "A Spoonful of Sugar") with Passover lyrics http://judaism.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ/Ya&sdn=judaism&cdn=religion&tm=9&f=10&tt=14&bt=1&bts=0&zu=http%3A//www.jewishfreeware.org/downloads/folder.2006-01-07.0640323187/
Have a good time. Rebecca Stay