The Unorthodox Passover

Recently, I was asked what my Unorthodox Passover was. Let me start by saying, we’re an Interfaith family. That means my husband is Jewish and I’m Catholic. When we had children we decided to raise them Jewish, but we celebrate all the holidays and on occasion I drag them to church or the Buddhist temple. My children (now for your viewing pleasure will go by the names: Noodge 1 (the boy) and Noodge 2 (the girl) make out like bandits at Christmas and Hanukkah. But I digress.

This year's Passover table. Not all the place settings match.
This year’s Passover table. Not all the place settings match.

Seven years ago we decided to host a Passover dinner on Good Friday. We had been away on vacation earlier in the week, when Passover was actually going on, and the only date available for our Sader dinner that didn’t conflict with Easter was Good Friday.  Here’s the thing about many of our Jewish holiday celebrations, they’re attended by as many, if not more, Christians. This can be a problem on Good Friday.

The first issue was the turkey. It wasn’t kosher for Passover. Most of you know, I hate to cook so I have Passover catered. Way too many foods I don’t know anything about. Lasagna, I know, but am not allowed to serve. Things like kugel I don’t know, but for some reason is in abundance during Passover. (No offense to my Jewish brethren, but your food is a little bland and your food rules for this holiday are too strick. Just saying.) Because we were holding our Passover dinner after Passover, there wasn’t anymore turkeys that fit the kosher bill. Oh well, Hubby and I like to make up the rules as we go along. This wasn’t going to be any different.

The second issue was still the turkey. Catholics can’t have meat on Good Friday. So, I made scallop scampi which shouldn’t be anywhere near a Passover table. This was also the night I learned Lutheran’s don’t follow the “don’t eat meat on Good Friday” ritual. The Lutherans at the table partook in all the food. Good for them! The Jews still ate the turkey (no one was struck down) and the Catholics made the sign of the cross and only ate the scampi and the matzah ball soup.  Which technically they shouldn’t because it’s chicken broth, but I didn’t bother to point that out.

This year’s Passover wasn’t all that different. In attendance were, 5 Jews, 4 Catholics, and 1 Lutheran. The main course was all kosher, I got to the caterer in time this year, but the appetizers and desserts …well, it’s a good thing no one was a Rabbi. That’s all I’m saying. Besides, what’s a party without Italian cookies? I mean, really?

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The appetizer spread. Not a kosher for Passover thing on it. Especially the iPad and coffee mug!



5 thoughts on “The Unorthodox Passover

    1. Hi Karen, When I said we celebrate all the holidays I should’ve clarified. All the major holidays. That certainly narrows it down! LOL! Like I said in the post, Hubby and I make up the rules as we go along. If something doesn’t fit for our family, then we try something else. Funny you should mention, meditation, remaining present, and calm. That’s a constant quest for me and one I often struggle with. Thanks, for stopping by. Hope to see you again, soon.

  1. I wonder who posed that question, lol. OMG, I got dizzy reading your post. I hosted as well this year, but only had to deal with some nameless nervous Nellie family members who swore there wouldn’t be enough food. (Won’t tell you how much I gave away.)

    Recap: no Passover Sader on Good Friday, unless no Christians are in attendance, and wait until time erases the trauma of hosting Easter with NNs before offering to do so again.

    Just sayin.

    Great post!

    1. Joanna, I should’ve given you credit! My apologies. Was your NN an Italian? Isn’t it funny how some people think there will never be enough? I have yet to have anyone go home hungry. Though I was at a party once where food was a little scarce. The attendees thought they were on a soup line. LOL!

      Agreed. No Passover Sader on Good Friday and no hosting any holiday with NNs too close to the last. Or, just don’t invite the NNs. LOL! Just kidding.

      1. No credit sought, Stacey, and no apologies needed by any means, lol.

        One of my NNs is half-Italian. That would be hubby. The other is a ‘core’ family member as well.

        We attended two weddings in the same weekend last year. The first, appetizers in particular were really on the soup-line side. (I believe they ran out.) The other, was so far in the opposite direction they could have had a soup line for the following week and still have had leftover food. Just the way things are, sometimes.

        In all fairness to the first crowd: Dad is the sole breadwinner and Mom battled cancer for a good year or two prior to their only daughter’s wedding. Bridal couple was/is very young–as in, not established in any job to have had $$ to help out in any way. Some people criticize. I enjoyed the mushroom ravs once the main course was served. 🙂

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