Passover vs Easter
In the midst of Passover, a week-long holiday commemorating the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery, I’m having a little fun with the idea that Passover is the Jewish Easter. Well, if you were wondering, I can tell you it’s definitely not. However, there is some crossover…
Both are at the top of the list when it comes to significant events. Both celebrate miracles. Both occur in spring. And as most holidays do, both involve food. Lots of food. Even some of the same foods, yet with subtle differences… Let’s take a look:
When you remove the shells they look and taste the same. Both result in good egg salad.
I just have to point out, the passover egg doesn’t sit out in the sun waiting to be found, so less chance of food poisoning.
I got nothin’ on this one… I’m pretty creative when it comes to matzoh, but, well, let’s move on.
All I can say about Manischewitz is don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it. And we get to drink a LOT of it.
Seriously, have you ever been bitten by a shank bone? No. And not to be a debby-downer about Easter-bunnies, but make note, real bunnies should never be given as Easter gifts. They are a lot more work than you might think, and the initial thrill quickly wears off when you discover how much care they require. Stick to stuffed bunnies and leave the live ones to true rabbit lovers.
Don’t know about you, but I’m going with the chicken matzoh ball.
Now we’re getting somewhere. Easter ham or kosher brisket. Both are delicious, and the leftovers make great sandwiches. Which brings us back to the issue with…
Here’s a tip – freeze your leftover brisket, and next week make a sandwich on real bread.
This is just a win-win-win. Chocolate bunnies, chocolate-caramel matzoh, flourless chocolate cake, chocolate eggs. It’s CHOCOLATE for everyone.
I’ll bet you had no idea you could turn matzoh into something so delicious. Need recipe? Text me.
How many DAYS does it last?
Easter is one day (not counting Lent, another subject entirely). Passover lasts EIGHT DAYS. Why, you may ask? Because of danger, and Jews avoid danger like the plague (hahaha!).
Although the Israelites left Egypt on the first day of Passover, they were pursued until the Red Sea parted seven days later. So, it took a week until the Exodus was complete and the Israelites were safe.
Have you ever heard a Jewish mother bid goodbye to her child…
“Take your time, drive slowly, safety first, call me when you get there. And do not drive through fast moving water.” Yes, I’ve said that.
So, there you have it. Similar but different. Finally, I must point out that with eight days of celebration, the inevitable problem with Passover is the requirement that for EIGHT days we eat:
And there are side effects to eight days of matzoh…. but we don’t discuss those things. At least I don’t.
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