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From The Rabbi's Desk
Connection to family - generations past and future and to community. We are told in the Haggadah:
In every generation it is man's duty to regard himself as though he personally had come out of Egypt, as it is written: "You shall tell your son on that day: This is on account of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt." It was not only our fathers whom the Holy One redeemed from slavery; we, too, were redeemed with them, as it is written: "He took us out from there so that He might take us to the land which He had sworn to our fathers."
I love Passover because it's not just the cooking etc., but that we are doing it together. We sing and slice, joke and chop, revel in the new and old. Family relics come out of their bins like the afikomen cover Spencer made in nursery school. It's about family, memory and joy.
Here are a few of our traditions:
Serve cut up veggies along with the blessing for the parsley dipped in salt water. (We always have my Holy Guacamole and one new dip.) This staves off the inevitable bellow of 'When do we EAT?)
Tzimmes is a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish sweet stew typically made from carrots and dried fruits other root vegetables. Some cooks add chunks of meat (usually flanken or brisket .)
The name may come from the Yiddish words tzim (for) and esn (eating). "To make a big tzimmes over something" is a Yinglish expression that means to make a big fuss, perhaps because of all the slicing, mixing, and stirring that go into the preparation of the dish.
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