A Jewish custom is for children to take naps on the afternoon of “Erev Pesach” (er-REV PAY-sok) the evening of the Passover Seder (SAY-der), so that they will be able to stay awake during the Seder, which can run quite long. Among the Orthodox, a traditional Seder may last until well past midnight, with the supper served late in the evening and full texts from the Torah and Psalms read.
A typical Passover supper has many courses. It is a festive holiday meal that has been fussed over for many hours. Often, many family members and friends contribute, finding creative recipes that substitute matzah (MAHT-zah) flour for white flour, which may contain leavening agents. Traditional appetizers include gefilte fish and chopped liver hors d’oeuvres, served with red horseradish and matzah, of course.
The second course is generally a luscious bowl of chicken soup with fluffy matzah balls, followed by a salad of spring greens with vinaigrette dressing. The main course may be braised lamb, beef brisket, or a savory roast chicken. Side dishes consist of a variety of fancy vegetable dishes, matzah kugels, and possibly braised fruits. “Kosher for Passover” coconut macaroon cookies are an ever-present accompaniment to coffee, as the dinner table is cleared to prepare for the conclusion of the Passover Seder.
We often receive requests for Passover recipes. We’ve collected several for you from various staff members and family. Chag sameach (khag sah-MAY-ock)! Have a joyous holiday!