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.
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?