Passover comes from the Bible, first mentioned in the book of Exodus. As God pronounced to the people of Israel enslaved in Egypt that he would free them, he said he would “Smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt.” However, he instructed the Israelites to put a sign of lamb’s blood on their door posts: “and when I see the blood, I will pass over you.” (Exodus 12).
You’ve cleaned the house for Passover, now it is time to prepare a seder plate:
1: The Seder Plate can be specially made for Passover or simply a
paper plate on which your children have drawn and written the Passover
2: Important part is that the plate display the following items:
- Chazeret (optional)
3: Remember everything you will need will have to be kosher for Passover. Next to the Kosher Symbol will be a P or the words “Kosher for Passover.
4: You will need the following foods for your seder plate: apples, walnuts, kosher wine for Passover, cinnamon, sugar, shank bone or poultry neck, egg, parsley or potato, celery, horseradish root or prepared horseradish.
5: Charoset is mixture of apples, nuts, wine and spices.
Charoset is symbolic of the mortar the Jewish slaves made in their building for the Egyptians. To make charoset, prepare 1 cup of walnuts, 1 granny smith green apple, 2 tsp. cinnamon, 2 tsp. sugar, and red wine to moisten. Chop the nuts and apples to the consistency you want (a food processor can be used). Sprinkle with spices, and moisten with wine. The texture of the charoset should remind us of mortar.
6: Zeroa is a shankbone or neck of poultry, roasted.
Zeroa is a reminder of the “mighty arm of G-d” as the Bible describes it. It is also symbolic of the Paschal lamb offered as the Passover sacrifice in Temple days. Roast the shankbone in the oven for about 30 minutes.