Pesach is traditionally spent with family and friends, a celebration of the Divine gift of Jewish survival and community. But with current situation travel plans and social interactions, many of us are facing the prospect of celebrating Passover alone.
Understanding that this year Passover preparation will be more challenging than usual, we have attached several options to try to make the process easier for you!
Shmurah Matzah: We still have some Shmurah Matzah for the Seder. Please click here if you need to purchase or at least have 3 matzos for your seder.
Sell your Chametz: Before Passover, there is a mitzvah we clean our homes, ridding chametz (leaven) from our house. Click here for more information. But what about those things a person wants to keep for after Passover? If You Can't Destroy it, Sell It! Click here to sell your chametz online.
A Pre-Pesach Chat: Understanding how isolating things are, please let me know if you would like to set up a time to talk over the phone between now and Passover.
Seder Resources: Leading your own seder is a lot simpler than it seems. Why? Because you have your cheat sheet right in front of you. A standard Haggadah has all the instructions and guidance necessary to walk through the 15 steps of the Seder like a pro. So just pull out your Haggadah and read through it in advance.
Want to have some witty and wise thoughts to share with your (truncated) crowd of participants? Start with a treasury of Seder insights.
Here is what you’ll need for the Seder:
Matzah (handmade shmurah matzah is ideal)
Wine or grape juice
Marror (bitter herbs; typically romaine lettuce and grated horseradish)
Vegetable for dipping
Saltwater (yep, just salt and water)
Roasted bone (Chabad custom is to use a chicken neck, which may be easier to procure than a lamb shank here in town. A chicken wing can also work.)
Charoset (a mixture of chopped apples, nuts and sweet wine or grape juice. Some add cinnamon as well.)
Cutlery (either disposable or kosher for Passover)
More: Full Seder Shopping List
Can you suggest some ballpark quantities?
Wine: Every individual should drink four cups of wine or grape juice, so a bottle of wine per person per Seder is a safe bet. (If you have small, 3 oz. cups, a single bottle should just be enough for two nights.)
Matzah: If you are alone, 3 matzahs for each evening will cover you just fine. You should factor in an additional two matzahs per additional participant.
Marror: Each person needs to have two portions of marror (one eaten alone and one as part of the korech sandwich), each one at least 2/3rds of an ounce (total). Preparing two ounces per person (or supplementing it with romaine lettuce) per night will have you covered.
Vegetables and Saltwater and Charoset: Even a minimal amount will do (in fact you should eat less than an olive-bulk of the dipping vegetable).
Roasted bone: it is not eaten at all, so you just need one per seder plate.
Egg: One egg per seder plate is fine. Some have the custom to eat the egg during the meal. If this is the case, prepare a few extra.
Feast Food: Bear in mind that you will be eating after having imbibed two cups of wine, and lots of matzah and marror, so you may not be too hungry.
Can you suggest a Haggadah I can print online?
Choose from a number of options. Pick one to fit your style and print as many as you need. Print a Haggadah here.
Note: it is preferred to begin your Seder after nightfall (8:04 pm in DDO). If that isn't possible, at a minimum eat the matzah and drink most of the cups of wine after that time, to optimally fulfill the mitzvah.
Essential Seder Recipes
Here are some essential recipes for your at-home-seder.
For further information, including FAQ's for at-home-seders, see here.
As always – and especially now – we are available for you and your family in whatever way you need. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
Although we may be forced to celebrating Passover alone, we should not be upset. On the very first Passover, in Ancient Egypt, each family was sequestered in their home. No one was permitted to step outside. Outdoors, a plague swept through the land, but in each Jewish home, there was light and hope.
The next morning, the Jewish people left for the Promised Land.
Now we are here. This year, may Hashem bring us back to the Promised Land.