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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) also see: Jewish Holidays - Names of Jewish Months
You've cleaned the house for Passover, now it is time to prepare a seder plate:
2: Important part is that the plate display the following items:
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.
6: Zeroa is a shankbone or neck of poultry, roasted.
7: Baytzah is a hard-boiled egg.
8: Karpas is a vegetable. Parsley or a potato is generally used. Karpas is dipped in salt water to represent tears. The custom of serving karpas dates back to Jerusalem of the 1st and 2nd centuries when it was common to begin a formal meal by passing around vegetables as hors d’oeuvres.
9: Maror is bitter herbs. Horseradish root or prepared horseradish is generally used. Maror represents the bitter life of the Israelites during the time of their enslavement in Egypt.
10: Chazeret is a bitter vegetable. Celery or lettuce can be used. Those who do not put chazeret on their Seder Plate sometimes put a dish of salt water in its place.
Passover Last Minute Tips:
How long will the seder take? Good question -- Plan on at least 3 hours for the seder and meal. However, that is a very fast seder.... some last to the early morning.