Indian Jews prepare molagachi (mahogany chicken with black pepper), ellegal (spice-rubbed fish in cool herb salsa), masalachi (mutton braised with garlic and coriander) and appam (coconut crepes with date sauce). “Pesach work,” as it is called in Cochin, India begins as soon as Chanukah ends. The Cochin community, believes that if a Jewish woman makes even the slightest mistake in the Passover preparation during the 100 days before the actual Seder, then the lives of her husband and her children will be endangered. *
Ethiopian Jews break all of their old dishes and cooking utensils before purchasing new ones; an act that symbolizes a break from the past and hence, a fresh start into a new life. They decorate their Seder table with unique Ethiopian Jewish folk crafts brought all the way from Israel. Women in northern Israel, Afula, make hand-embroidered Matza covers, table runners, mezuzahs and other decorations. *
Although, Passover 5780 will be unusual, these challenging times don’t strip it of its significance. Our Seders may be smaller this year, but we will still commemorate our Exodus from Egypt because Passover is a fundamental part of our lives. It’s rooted into our identity and this year more than ever it will provide us with spiritual sustenance.
We’d love to hear what your Passover traditions are and share them with our members. We invite and encourage you to send them to us by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The world may be a different right now, but near or far, Passover will arrive; it will be celebrated and we wish you all a healthy and happy Passover.