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Diaspora - 18 April 2019

Passover - Easter and the Hard Boiled Egg

 

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Food again.... but it is one topic that can draw us all together.  Right?

This Friday is Passover.  Passover is that major holiday in the Jewish faith to celebrate the release of the Jews from slavery in Egypt.  Celebrated over a period of seven days, there is always a seder feast on Friday. I just noticed that on the typical seder plate, there is always placed a hard-boiled egg.  In fact, if you want to test that idea, and you happen to find yourself in Edinburgh Friday, you can join the Chabad of Edinburgh for their Passover Seder feast at the MacDonald Holyrood Hotel 8:00 p.m.  Just be sure to send your R.S.V.P.

Sunday is Easter Sunday (and my husband's birthday, and our anniversary).  Easter is the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead, And those of us who celebrate Easter, have already scrambled (no pun intended) to buy a dozen or so eggs for hard-boiling and then dying the typical spring colors of pink, green, blue, pink, and yellow.  Then somehow, the Easter Bunny will locate said hard-boiled and dyed eggs and hide them strategically so that our small children and grandchildren can commence to hunt for same eggs, jelly beans, chocolate bunnies, and more.  Depends on your particular Easter Bunny.

So I wondered if there was a connection between the two traditions of use of the hard-boiled egg.  Fortunately for me, someone had already undertaken the research to help us understand the two traditions.  Is there a connection?  You'll have to wade through this fascinating article about the eggs and their use in our traditions:  https://www.haaretz.com/jewish/.premium-are-passover-eggs-and-easter-eggs-related-1.5461517  Several theories for both holidays are explored and explained.  For me, I think it is just a very common and useful food that has taken on a purpose for the holidays.  Besides, the egg is such a convenient little food full of so much nutrition.  No wonder we all turn to the egg.

I will not even begin to relate the article to you.  The hard-boiled egg (or the egg that was emptied by blowing it out) is indeed fully discussed.  By the way, I have NO fond memories of blowing eggs for Easter.  If you haven't experienced it, try it just once.  And if you find yourself waking up from passing out, so be it.

I hope you enjoy your family and friends this holiday weekend.  As for Steve and me, he has threatened a Red Lobster in my future.  I'm hoping for something ummm... more to my liking.

 

Happy Passover!   Happy Easter!

(And to my beloved, Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary!)

 

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