Here Comes Moishe Matzoh Ball…

Hopping down the Seder Hall
Hippity-Hoppity Pesach’s on its way.

(Song Credit (and there are more verses) to Dr. Melvin Borden, family physician extraordinaire, and an even more extraordinary father, father-in-law, and the original Pop-Pop)

It’s coming down to the wire. Next Monday, April 18, at 6 pm, we will be sitting down for the first Seder of Passover. As I write this, I am expecting 31 people to be around the table. To get to that moment has taken weeks of planning, prepping, organizing, shopping, and of course, because hey it’s me talking – worrying. And yet, I wouldn’t change a thing. I love a full table, brimming with favorite foods for each of our guests; old china and prayer books from relatives no longer with us, but always there in spirit; family and friends reconnecting to tell the story of the exodus of the Jews from Egypt – and how the lessons learned from that time still have relevance today.

Our seders are loud and lively. While we definitely read parts in Hebrew, most of it is in English, with commentary both wise and wiseass encouraged. This year there will be four children – and oh how much sweeter it makes it. There’s Ray, my sister’s oldest grandson, now 7 and able to read in English one of the prayers. There’s Hal, my sister’s younger grandson, aged 2, and a full participant in the search for the Afikoman – a hidden piece of matzoh that the children find and redeem for prizes. There’s Vivian, 18 months, the daughter of Larry, my son’s oldest friend. We met Larry when he was just a few months older than his daughter – how wonderful that the new generation becomes friends too. And then there’s my beautiful granddaughter Riley, 10 months old, no teeth but able to gum almost all foods, full of smiles that make you melt, and a whole new perspective on the Jewish phrase, L’dor Va Dor, from generation to generation. At these seders, we pass our faith, our customs, our love from one generation to the next.

The menu varies only slightly each year. Gefilte Fish with horseradish, potatoes and eggs in salt water, matzoh ball soup, a chicken dish, brisket, and salmon, salad, sweet potato casserole, and asparagus. Desserts include fruit and lots of store-bought goodies.

I would love to capture in a bottle the memories of all those seders so that I could take a whiff of the happiness of those nights during the rest of the year when times are more difficult. It’s lots of hard work but the payoff is immeasurable.

I wish for each of you a Zissen Pesach – a sweet Passover.

Marian, aka the Northern half of Evelyn David

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6 replies
  1. Maria Geraci
    Maria Geraci says:

    I love hearing about family traditions. It sounds like you are going to have a wonderful fime. Enjoy!

  2. The Stiletto Gang
    The Stiletto Gang says:

    Thanks Susan and Maria. I know it will be wonderful. Right now I'm just trying to figure out the logistics. We're flipping the living room and dining room (swapping the furniture), but I'm still a little worried about getting all the tables in one room. I'm beginning to wonder if those two-tiered parking garages have the right idea 🙂


  3. Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith
    Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith says:

    It'll be wonderful. Family and religious traditions celebrated together are always great.


  4. lil Gluckstern
    lil Gluckstern says:

    Lovely post. It made me very nostalgic for the seders of my youth.Unfortunately, My family is small, and far flung, so I will be with them in spirit. A good pesach to you and yours…

  5. The Stiletto Gang
    The Stiletto Gang says:

    Thank you Marilyn. You're right. It will be wonderful.

    Thank you Lil. May the memories of those past seders continue to delight you. Good Pesach to you and yours.


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