by: N. Klieman
Passover, the holiday celebrating the Jewish people’s emancipation from slavery in Egypt, is made even more meaningful by giving Passover gifts from Israel. The festive Passover dinner, the Seder, when the story of the miracles and sudden departure from Egypt is retold, is a family celebration involving special table settings. Here are five timely holiday gift suggestions to help beautify the Seder table.
Seder Plate – The Seder plate is a traditional central fixture on the holiday table, and makes for a memorable Passover gift. It is usually divided into compartments meant to hold the specific foods that are eaten during the Seder ritual. Maror (bitter herbs}, salt water, Haroset (the mixture that simulates the mortar the Jewish slaves worked with), Zroah (roasted shank representing the Passover sacrifice), Karpas (vegetable dipped in salt water), Beitsa (egg).
Kiddush (Wine) Cup – Wine is an essential element in the recital of the Hagadah (the telling of the story of the Exodus) during the course of the Passover Seder. Each participant of the festive Seder will make a blessing over 4 glasses of wine. What more distinctive statement can be made as the host blesses the wine using a unique Kiddush cup that is Made in Israel.
Matzah Cover – There is a custom to cover the Matzah pieces that are to be eaten during the course of the Seder meal. During the course of the Seder ceremony the Matzahs are uncovered and recovered. A unique and decorative Matzah cover that is Made in Israel can add to the appearance of the festive Seder table.
Matzah Plate – A special plate is used to hold the 3 Matzah pieces that are a part of the ritual of the Seder. At different points of the ritual the Matzah sheets are broken up and eaten with different foods that are found on the Seder plate.
Festive Wall Hanging – What better way to add to the festive atmosphere of the Passover Seder and Meal than to set the mood of the evening with a unique wall hanging depicting the traditional family gathering. A Passover gift that will be greatly appreciated is one that was Made in Israel by an artist who understands what the Seder is all about and successfully captured that feeling in a unique work of art.