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Hi Fools,
DH has been talking to a Jewish friend at work. Since the friend has a small home, he has offered to host the seder meal at our house. The friend hasn't observed Passover in about 10 years, since he moved away from his parents' part of the country.

We are Christian (non-denominational). What kinds of things do we need to do to prepare? Are the requirements different because of our faith?

Any good sources of info are appreciated. I'm only familiar w/ the passover requirements in the bible, but would like to learn more about other customs/ traditions.


I don't think there's any difference between what you would do in a Jewish or non-Jewish home. However, the strictest rules would probably be impossible for you to meet. They would require you to clean the house thoroughly to be sure that it is clear of any "Chametz" - bread or any other baked products that are not specifically Kosher for passover. Also, separate cooking and eating utensils are used, or the usual utensils have to be boiled to make them Kosher for Passover.

But I suggest that you let your Jewish friend be your guide. He will tell you how strictly he wants to follow the rules. Or perhaps, given that he hasn't celebrated in 10 years, you should research together and figure out what to do.

The absolute essentials for a Seder are the Hagada - the book from which the story of Passover is read. At a minimum one person will have it and read it aloud to everyone. At our Seder everyone has a copy and we take turns reading passages. Then you need to buy a box of matza - the unleavened bread (they look like huge crackers). And preferably you'll have a bottle or more of wine that is Kosher for Passover. There are some terrible wines from Manischewitz and such. But these days there is also a wide selection of good wines at some stores.

Elan
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