Our Seder Meal

We had our Seder meal yesterday and we all learned a lot.

Our Seder Meal

All of us feasted together – the whole family around the table!  We didn’t have horseradish, so I thought we would use mustard as a substitute.  Not sure if that’s okay or not, but I was too lazy to go back to the store.


While our Seder meal was not absolutely perfect, I think it was a very good start.  There is always room for improvement, isn’t there?

We certainly learned a lot.

So, we set everything out in the middle – in the proper place, and then Dad read the significance of each food, and then put it on our plate.  The kids actually paid attention (even our 4 year old) and THEY had a lot of fun.  They loved testing the food – especially the lamb.

We didn’t have a Seder book to read from – so we re-read the passover book.  I asked some questions – again, steering away from the traditional (traditionally the children ask 4 questions).  We didn’t sing any songs and we didn’t look for the Aafikoman.  We did talk about Elijah, and why the children look for him at the end of the story.

I think the most significant thing about this experience – besides learning new things – is that we were celebrating and learning – together – as a family.  Additioinally, our kids got an appreciation for another way of believing.

While we may not share the same beliefs, it’s important that we understand and respect each other.

Tolerance is a very important lesson.

Do you teach your children about tolerance?  What methods do you use?

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  1. I think this is amazing! I love the idea of diving into something and experiencing it first hand while you are learning about it, instead of just reading about it. You’re my hero.
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    • Hey!

      Definitely no hero here. I just try different things. I have to engage my kids. Reading it – they will look at me like a deer caught in headlights. Seriously!

      They need to be somehow engaged.

  2. What a wonderful way to teach your children about another culture and belief system! And I like how you adapted it to fit your family’s needs. Especially when the kids are little, I don’t think it’s important that everything be exactly authentic. They won’t remember the details as much as the overall experience, especially doing it together as a family!

    • Hey Leanna,

      Yes, you are right. Sometimes I get bogged down into the details, you know. I just want it right. But what’s more important is that we were all together. You are right about that!

      Thanks for stopping in!

  3. How cool! I love how much you teach and share with your children.
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  4. I love that you are teaching your children about other faiths! I have a post about teaching kids tolerance brewing in my head; we’ll see how long it takes for me to get it written!
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  5. It is nice to share other cultures with your kids. We are not Jews, but we believe in the Bible. We did the place mat with the different meals. (I copied your idea). I was going to cook some lamb tomorrow but the kids were so anxious about using them that we had to replace the lamb for chicken and the horse radish for radishes. That was the kids idea.

    • Awesome! Your kids are so very cleaver. I would never have thought about using radishes in the place of horseradish.


      Did you enjoy the meal? Making the placemats was fun, yes?

      Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Beautiful! Learning and teaching tolerance, while having a meal and family time. What could be better, really?
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    • Hey there Rachel,

      It was really great! I am hoping it’s something we can do more regularly – and it’s something that the kids will remember – and maybe pass down to their children.

      I can only speak for myself, but I had a lot of fun!

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

    • Hey Rachel,

      You are totally 100% right! It was fantastic!

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  7. I love your attitude of learning and experiencing. And I totally agree with you … tolerance is a very important lesson. Frankly, it seems that these days it’s in short supply. How special your Seder meal must have been. I think that hearing about each food and really paying attention to it would bring so much to the experience. People often rush through meals, sometimes they eat while doing something else (like watching TV), and I think that they miss out on a wonderful, family time. Thank you for sharing your meal with us!
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    • Awesome! Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Thank you!

      You are right. Family time is one of the most important times. You actually get to talk to everyone – talk about your days – problems and successes. You get to sit down and exhale. You get to spend time together (the most important).

      I am the most guilty for this one – certainly. I’m committing to do more family meals together – and also family home evenings. Very important to having a strong family!

      Thanks for your comment!

  8. Lisa -It is fantastic that you experienced this with your kids. The whole point of a seder is that to feel as though you really were there escaping from Egypt. It is meant to be experiential for the whole family! The way the seder was designed ,was exactly so children would be curious and ask questions about all the different foods and what they symbolized and would get involved in telling the Passover story . (Best educational practice really!) Although there are many details, it is the overall experience that is most important and it sounds as though you created this perfectly with your kids! You are amazing! Gillyx
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    • Hey Gilly,

      I am definitely not amazing but it was a lot of fun. I think it was a great experience for us all. It’s funny how much you learn and grow when you step out of your comfort zone. I think that’s an important lesson for the kids to learn. Always being willing to try new things.

      I am very much looking forward to learning more! Thanks so much for all of your help!
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