Passover is Fun

That’s my new mantra: Passover is fun, Pesach is fun, Passover is fun, Pesach is a blast, Passover is fun (repeat 10 times fast until you believe).

Harriet G posted a link to this video on Twitter last night, and I thought you might get a kick out of it. We are not Sephardim, though we are Sephardophiles (we go to a Sephardi synagogue), so I can’t attest to any of the validity of the suggestions. I do know that I am allowed to kasher my granite as shown but not my formica. And every year I do so water spills all over the place and gets into all sorts of nooks and crannies. Didn’t I say: Passover is Fun!

When I was a kid, it was my favorite holiday. I loved the matzah brie: matzah soaked in egg, then fried in butter. Thankfully, my kids love that dish, so I make it over and over and over again. They don’t miss cereal much if there’s matzah brie.


We have fun with our bag of Makkot, the ten plagues. I should make sure we have all the pieces. My daughter will not be the youngest this year; my two little grand nephews will be in attendance as well! Not sure if they will be up for the sederim. But I bet they will enjoy throwing pieces of styrofoam around for hail, the plastic frogs that we have for the frog plague, and the creepy skeleton that represents the tenth plague, Makkot Behorot, the death of the firstborn.

This is also a good time to sing froggy song.

So, if you are celebrating Pesach, how do you make it fun?

13 thoughts on “Passover is Fun

    • Glad to hear you are not “catching” the stress of the pre-Pesach season! Teach us “old-Pesach fogies” how to re-experience the pleasures of slavery to freedom.

  • My one Pesach experience came in 2000 when I was dating a Jewish woman who decided I should accompany her to her parents’ home for the festivities. Talk about stress! And wouldn’t you know, I was (allegedly) the youngest. (I found out later that her Catholic sister-in-law was a year my junior but opted to play along with the subterfuge.) The only way this could have been more stressful was if I’d been meeting her family for the first time (it was the second).

    But it was educational, if not especially “fun” (as I’d usually define it). For instance, I learned that with the application of enough horseradish even gefilte fish is edible. (No offense to fanciers of gefilte fish intended, after all somebody’s gotta like it right?)

    But in the end I managed to make it through the weekend without breaking any laws or embarrassing myself too much. They tried, all of them, to make it as comfortable as possible for Gina’s “Goy Toy”. (Her pet name for me, but my creation. Don’t ask.) But talk about a fish outta water… Anyway, before the next one rolled around we we’d parted ways and none of the few girlfriends I’ve had since then were Jewish. But if I ever find myself interested in another one, I’m gonna make sure she’s younger than me!

    • Mojo,

      “Gina’s ‘Goy Toy'” – LOL!

      Homemade gefilte fish tastes significantly better than from a can, jar or even frozen loaf. My cousin-in-law’s mother, may her memory be a blessing, used to make the tastiest gefilte fish from scratch. I have never had anything like it.

  • i try to make the whole thing fun – as much fun as possible. we eat the (imho yucky) chocolate cereal, i let them have dessert for breakfast, the same meals over and over again, whatever they want. we listen to our pesach cd’s over and over again and just try to make it all enjoyable.

    but today, while i was finally pulling the fridge out to vacuum behind, i, too, was saying “pesach is fun, pesach is fun” over and over to myself and my husband who was helping and not growling too much…

    • Let me explain gebracks (gebrochs): some Ashkenazim do not eat matza that has been wet. This would include egg touching matza. So Jewish Side doesn’t eat matza brie during most of Pesach. Since the eighth day is from the rabbis and not the Torah (and in Israel they don’t have an eighth day), that’s when the non-gebrochs eaters eat all the foods that the rest of us eat all Pesach.

      I have cousins that don’t eat gebrochs, but we do. That means no sponge cake, either, at least not with my recipe, since it calls for matza cake meal. One would have to make cakes with potato starch.

      • Yes. If you really know the rules, you can take this as 1) humorous or 2)you can be critical.

        I like the idea that it at least encourages people to try.

  • how is it that refrigerator just happened to be all empty!!! and no guck??

    well fridge and stove tomorrow – usually I break something in being too clean – and every year I say this year I’ll be very very very careful!!!

    I still have in mind the strawberry ice cream recipe for you – just make sure you buy plenty of strawberries, lemons, figure out a recipe for the egg yolks (I think 2 egg whites to every cup of mashed strawberries) – maybe put in your matza brei or cakes. Good thing you’re behind us so I may have time to post before yom tov.

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