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5 Things Kids Should Know About Passover

Passover is an eight-day Jewish holiday that celebrates the story of how the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. Here are five things that kids should know about Passover.

  1. Passover is the oldest continuously celebrated Jewish festival.
  2. Seder, the traditional meal eaten to celebrate Passover, means “order.” Families eat very specific foods to remind them of the story of Passover. The bitter herbs are to remind them of the bitterness of slavery. The wine is a reminder of the rejoicing they felt when they were freed. The unleavened bread is a reminder that they had to leave Egypt so quickly that their bread didn’t have a chance to rise.
  3. Every seder table is set with a fifth cup of wine which is reserved for the Prophet Elijah. It is believed that Elijah will answer Jewish legal questions that the rabbis could not resolve. On the night of the Passover seder, the hope is that Elijah will return and answer the question of whether or not four or five cups of wine or grape juice should be drunk during the dinner.
  4. The last thing eaten at the seder is the afikomen, or dessert. The afikomen is hidden and the children at the meal must find and negotiate for its return. Until the afikomen is found the meal cannot be completed.
  5. During the first two days and the last two days of Passover participants do not go to school or work; instead, they say special prayers and eat meals together.

Happy Passover, and to all of you who celebrate it, “Next year in Jerusalem!”

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Kosher Cook Claims Prize in 5th Annual Manischewitz Cook-Off

Stuart Davis, a father from Cherry Hill, NJ, was the big winner at the 5th Annual Manischewitz Cook-off last month, which the company sponsors to get more people cooking with kosher food products.

Famed French chef (and Julia Child culinary co-conspirator) Jacques Pepin judged the competition.

Davis’s winning recipe is a donburi, which is a Japanese food loosely translated to mean a “rice bowl dish.” It typically consists of meat, poultry, or vegetables served over rice.

Davis is a father of four who speaks fluent Japanese and teaches a “Digesting Hebrew” class at Temple Beth Shalom in Cherry Hill. For his award-winning recipe, Davis received $25,000, including cash and GE appliances.

Of the five finalists, three are not Jewish. One of the finalists became familiar with kosher food after dealing with Celiac disease, which is best managed with a dairy- and gluten-free diet.

The cook-off is a great way to get people thinking about food, challenging their assumptions, blending flavors and cultural influences, trying new things and – hopefully – learning about more about the intersection of food, religion and culture.

With Passover around the corner, now is a great time to do a little research on kosher food and maybe try a new recipe or two.

Check out Davis’s winning recipe for chicken and egg donburi.

For more recipes and a Kid’s Corner with games for children to play, visit the Manischewitz website.

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