This Friday at sundown marks the start of Passover and that brings a lot of families together to have their Passover meal.
Food plays an integral part during the Passover Seder. The Seder itself is a 15 step family-oriented tradition with a ritual-packed feast of unique Passover foods. The guide for the Cedar meal comes from the Haggadah. These rituals and traditional foods serve a purpose.
"The mystics teach the difference between ego and arrogance and humility. So for one week we try to be a little more humble and realize that the blessings in our lives, the freedom is not just our own doing but it's through that unity with other people coming together and reminding ourselves that looking for memories of the bad times so that we can remind ourselves how grateful we should be that we are free," said Rabbi Didy Waks from Chabad of Clinton.
Today Rabbi Waks walked us through the process of making Charoset.
"The beautiful thing about the Charoset and why we wanted to make that today is because it sort of brings everything together because, on the one hand, the Charoset reminds us of the mortar and the trouble the Jews went through. But It's sweet. It tastes good and people like it and people actually look forward to Charoset. The idea is that even when we are going through the hardest periods of our lives, even when things are really difficult there's always a bit of silver linings. There's always a little sweetness if we look "
First, you'll want to finely dice one apple and one pear and put them in a bowl. Then mix in one cup of chopped or ground walnuts. Then put a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon and nutmeg. Following that pour in a half cup of sweet red wine and mix that around. Refrigerate then and add a little more wine right before serving.
If you are looking for a Seder you can reach out to Chabad or email email@example.com