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What You Need for Passover at Home

Published April 7, 2020 | Updated September 20, 2022

by Yehuda Bachana

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    Netivyah wishes you a happy and kosher Passover! Usually we celebrate Passover in our community with family and friends. However, this year, due to the global situation, everyone will celebrate Passover at home.

    A Passover painting by the artist Martha Stern.
    A Passover painting by the artist Martha Stern.

    We’ve put together a list of things necessary for the Passover Seder, along with some highlights (“Seder” means order, as in the order of things at the Passover table).

    For Passover, your table should include:

    • Seder plate (6 little bowls will do, as an alternative) which has a spot for each of the 6 traditional ingredients that are necessary for the Passover meal:
      • Maror: bitter herbs. Most people use lettuce.
      • Chazeret: another type of “bitter herbs”. We use fresh and thinly sliced horseradish. It is optional to grind the horseradish in ground beets. Bitter herbs remind of the tears of hard labor.
      • Karpas: parsley or celery (will be dipped in salt water to remind us of the bitter tears due to slavery).
      • Zeroah: in Temple times the Passover lamb was roasted, and eaten at the Seder meal. We eat lamb to commemorate this offering, and 1 roasted lamb bone on the Seder plate. However, it is common to eat chicken and use a chicken bone, instead.
      • Charoset: a sweet salad to remind us of the mortar used in the bricks made by the Israelites in Egypt.

    Ingredients for Charoset:

    • 1 cup chopped apples
    • 1 cup chopped walnuts
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • ¼ cup raisins (optional)
    • 1 tablespoon sweet red wine

    Mix well and refrigerate.

      • Beitza: hard-boiled egg (to commemorate the mourning for the destruction of the Temple).

    Besides the Seder plate, you will need:

    • Wine or grape juice: 4 cups per participant.
    • Matzah cover with 3 matzot (optional: extra matzah for the meal).
    • Haggadah: the Jewish traditional text according to which Israel has celebrated the Passover Seder for generations. It literally means “telling”, and reminds us of the commandment to “tell thy son in that day, saying: It is because of that which the Lord did for me when I came forth out of Egypt.” (Exodus 13:8).
    • Wine cup for Elijah, and a seat for Elijah.
    • Salt water in a bowl, to dip the Karpas (parsley or celery) in.
    • Afikomen prize: a prize for the child that finds the afikomen (a half-piece of matzah that is set aside as a dessert) that we hide during Passover Seder. Some people give all kids a small gift.

    May we all clean our heart and homes from leaven and be joyous.

    Have a happy and kosher Passover!

    With love from the Netivyah staff.

    Published April 7, 2020 | Updated September 20, 2022

    About Yehuda Bachana

    Born and raised in Jerusalem, Yehuda serves as the Deputy Director of Netivyah and one of the elders of the “Ro'eh Israel” congregation. He is married to Lydia, and they have three children.

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    8 thoughts on “What You Need for Passover at Home”

    1. Que bom! Esta desejando uma orientação de como participar/preparar da Páscoa Bíblica e aqui achei! Deus é bom! Grata!

    2. Thank you. We also include the “washing of the hands”. From there we bring in John 13:1-17, where Jesus washes the feet of the Disciples. Our eyes are open when Jesus says to Peter, “Unless I wash you, you have no part of Me.” So often I said, “Then Lord, not just my feet but my hands and head as well.”

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