Passover Tips

When it comes to Passover, we've been there, done that, now serving 23 tips in 4 categories ranging from Passover Food to Story of Passover.

Coconut Macaroon Torte

This wonderful recipe from Bert Greene is perfect for Passover. For superfine matzo meal, you can grind regular matzo meal in your blender or food processor. Or maybe that should be another tip! 4 egg whites pinch of salt 1/2 cup sugar 3 Tbsp. light rum, or apple juice 1-1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut 1/4 cup ground blanched almonds 2 Tbsp. superfine matzo meal 1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9" round cake pan, and sprinkle it with matzo meal; shake out the excess. Set aside. Beat egg whites with salt until soft peaks form. Gradually add 1/2 cup of sugar, 2 Tbsp. at a time, and beat until stiff and shiny. Then beat in the rum or apple juice. Combine coconut, almonds, superfine matzo meal, and lemon zest in a bowl and fold into the egg whites. Spread in the prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees until the top is light brown, about 20 minutes. Cool in the pan. To serve, sprinkle fruit with about 1/4 cup sugar to create juices, to taste. Unmold the torte onto a platter and place fruit on top.


Kosher Chocolate

Many chocolate companies now offer a line of kosher chocolates and kosher candy. These chocolates contain kosher certified ingredients and comply with kosher standards as set forth in Jewish Law. When buying kosher chocolates, you may want to ask if the candies are also kosher for Passover, as this designation requires more stringent guidelines that are more difficult for large companies to follow.

What is the parting of the Red Sea?

Parting of the Red Sea

When Moses commanded Pharaoh to, "Let my people go," Moses told the Jewish people to grab their things and run.

During the Exodus from Egypt of 40 days and 40 nights, Moses and the Jewish people reached the Red Sea.

How would the Jewish people be able to cross the large sea?

Moses took his staff, stuck it in the water, and as the Jewish people began to walk into the water, the sea split apart, allowing all to walk through.

As Pharaoh and the Egyptian army approached this miraculous display, the water began to cease. Pharaoh and his men were drowned by the water and the Jewish people were never slaves of Pharaoh again.

Why is Passover called Passover?

Passover Meaning

The holiday of Passover was named Pesach in Hebrew since the word translates to "Passing Over."

When the 10 plagues were thrown upon the Egyptians, the last plague, "The Slaying of the First Born," was directed only to the Egyptians. Pharaoh's first born son was killed when G-d commanded this order.

For the plague to not kill the Jewish first born males, the Jews took the shankbone's blood and spread it on their doorpost. This allowed the Jewish homes to be passed over.

What is the significance of the burning bush?

Moses and the Burning Bush

When Moses was told he was born a Jew and raised by Pharaoh's kingdom, Moses had to make a decision about his future.

Did he continue to watch the Jewish people as slaves under Pharaoh or did he help the Jewish people become free from slavery?

The answer came to Moses one day when he was herding the sheep. One sheep got away from the pack and Moses went after it.

While Moses was alone, he heard the voice of G-d as a bush was burning blue flames. It said to Moses he was chosen to free the Jews from slavery.

The burning bush is said to have been G-d speaking to Moses. Moses is considered a prophet since G-d chose to speak to him.

What are the 10 plagues?

The 10 Plagues

The 10 Plaques were thrown upon Pharaoh and the Egyptians after Moses confronted Pharaoh about holding the Jewish people as slaves.

Moses warned Pharaoh G-d would punish the Egyptian people but Pharaoh did not heed his warning.

Upon Pharaoh not letting the Jewish people go, G-d brought 10 plagues to the Egyptians.



3)Lice (vermin)

4)Wild Beasts(flies)

5)Cattle Disease





10)Slaying of the First Born

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