Pesach Programs are considered a traditional Jewish holiday that precedes Chanukah. So how do you celebrate Pesach? While most Jewish families head to the synagogue for Pesach, most observant folks will stick to the holiday by starting with the ritual kitchen potluck and cooking off all those leftovers.
In the name of the living God, I go. Sephira. I lift up my cup. My Lord, send me a blessing.
A few years ago, my wife and I were walking down a street in a downtown New York neighborhood and had the opportunity to experience what could only be described as an ancient religious phenomenon – church services for the synagogue. It didn’t take long for us to realize that these meals were like a ‘Gevurah’ for the Jewish people. I am by no means an expert on these matters, but if you’re thinking of having a traditional Jewish meal, then you should definitely check out some of the professional guidebooks available.
Since so many Pesach programs are open to the public, you are encouraged to visit your local synagogue and speak with the tour guides. In fact, your guide will likely have helpful information regarding the rituals. When you arrive at the synagogue, you can either greet your hosts and friends, or wait until after the prayers. After the prayers have concluded, you are free to attend to the party. You’ll soon find that these parties are full of foods and entertainment.
Normally, the main meal for the night is the traditional Sabbath soup called shaget,” where all guests receive shwarma,” the cutlery that’s usually used to serve the soup and fried eggs, but that can also be used to dine on. Shmaltz is the most popular dish for chanukah. Then the party begins! If you’re really hungry, it’s good to remember that the feasts themselves don’t last all night.
Throughout the week you will be served Pierogies, as well as fuel, halva and falafel. Unlike many traditional Jewish meals, Pierogies can be eaten in lots of places. They are also often light and simple so they can be kept as a meal that can be shared with friends and family. As long as you order your dishes from your Pesach program’s catering company, you’ll have something tasty to enjoy. For dessert, you can have sourdough bread puffed with tea and honey or served with condensed milk and peanuts.
You can also buy your dishes from the catering company, and if you don’t feel like cooking yourself, you can order all of the more elaborate, and more expensive, fancy potato recipes. They are usually packaged with ham and corned beef for those who want to satisfy their Hatorah cravings. But as long as you are in the know, you should be happy to know that you can indulge in all of the fun, and I don’t mean for just one evening!