With just two days left before Passover begins, seder hosts everywhere are scrambling to get everything in order for their guests. Discarded all the chametz? Check. Bought enough gefilte fish to…serve an army? Check. Have enough haggadahs for the whole family? Crap. Never fear, because two-day shipping with Amazon Prime is here! Don't beat yourself up if you just realized you're a few boxes of matzah short, or you can't find the kiddush cup anywhere. Because hosting a seder is practically a full-time job (and… >> Read More
Over the years, we at Kveller have been highly concerned with one Passover quandary in particular: How do you make the Passover seder fun for kids?
That's one reason we published the Kveller…Haggadah, which is designed to make the seder more engaging for kids and adults alike. But if you're looking for fun activities for kids of all ages, we've published a bunch of articles on the subjects. This article from Emily Aronoff Teck is definitely one of my favorites, while this video from intrepid Kveller contributor and… >> Read More
On Passover night, we all recline and get together for a long and delightful Passover seder — which can be A LOT if you're a kid with energy to spare. Luckily, the seder has a built-in expending of…shpilkes: the traditional hunt for the afikomen, which is designed to keep kids awake and entertained. For the adult tasked with the very important task of hiding the afikomen, there are many things to consider. How long do we want the afikomen search to last? Are the kid in attendance up for a challenge, or are… >> Read More
The recitation of the the Four Questions (Ma Nishtana) is, arguably, the most adorable part of the Passover seder.
Early in seder, the youngest attendee at the Passover table (who is capable of…intelligibly singing and memorizing words, of course) is charged with asking the other guests, "What makes this night different from every other night?" The words to the song are in Hebrew, which you can find here, and learning them can prove challenging for our little ones. However, there are ways to tackle it that can… >> Read More
For many Jewish children, the most exciting part of the Passover seder is finding the afikomen. But where, exactly, does this tradition come from?
During a Passover seder, it's customary to put…three matzahs on the table. Then, early in the seder, we take the middle matzah, break it into two parts — and the larger portion becomes the afikomen. The word afikomen (pronounced Ah-Fee-Koh-Man) comes from Greek. Traditionally, this piece of matzah is eaten as a "dessert," after the meal. Why? Well, according to the Talmud,… >> Read More