by: Nachman Klieman
The Afikomen (Afikoman) is one half of a Matzah that is broken in two during the Passover Seder. The Afikoman half of the Matza is traditionally set aside in an Afikomen bag, until it is taken out of the bag at the end of the dinner and eaten as a dessert. The Afikomen Matzah serves as the substitute for the Passover Sacrifice which was eaten at the Passover Seder during the time of the Great Temples in Jerusalem.
Israeli designers of Judaica products often design Afikoman bags to match special covers for the Matzah that is used during the course of the Seder service. These colorful and decorative Afikomen bags and Matzah covers add a festive element to the beauty and adornment of Passover Seder table.
There is a Jewish tradition to involve children in the recital of the service of the Passover Seder including a search for the Afikomen. Once the Afikomen matzah is hidden during the Seder the children participate in a game after dinner where they must search for and find the hidden matzah. Rewards are given to the one who finds the Afikoman matzah as well as to those who participated in the search.
A gift of an Afikomen bag and matching matzah cover that was made in Israel will be appreciated for its meaning and thoughtfulness. After all what better way of sharing in the spirit of the Passover holiday is there, than receiving a special gift that was hand made and produced in the Holy Land.