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All About Passover

March 19, 2013 No comments

We hope that everyone had a great St. Patrick's Day (even though in the East it was cold enough to freeze a leprechaun's pants off!). No matter. Spring is starting on Wednesday and we have Passover (begins Monday, 3/25) and Easter Sunday (the 31st) a little less than a week ahead.

The Passover holiday, for those of you who don't know, is a Jewish holiday commemorating the story of the Exodus, in which the ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. The Bible states that God helped the Children of Israel escape slavery by inflicting ten plagues upon the Egyptians, the worst being the death of the first born.

The Israelites were instructed to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood of a spring lamb and, upon seeing this, the spirit of the Lord knew to pass over the first-borns in these homes, hence the name of the holiday.

When the Pharaoh finally freed the Israelites, it is said that they left in such a hurry that they could not wait for bread dough to rise. In commemoration, no leavened bread is eaten during the seven or eight days of the holiday, which is where matzo comes in.

It is traditional for Jewish families to gather on the first or second night of Passover for a special dinner called a Seder. Tables are set with the finest china, silverware and crystal are crafted in Europe of brilliant crystal and feature elegant "pulled stems," maximum transparency and clarity) to reflect the importance of the meal. During the meal the story of the Exodus from Egypt is retold using a special text called the Haggadah. Four cups of wine are consumed at various stages in the narrative. The most popular brand, in my house, anyway, was Manischewitz, which, in order to be Kosher for Passover, is produced using real cane sugar, instead of corn syrup.

Seder not at your house this year? No problem with the Rabbit Wine Trek, which does so much more than carry white wine and champagne. The Wine Trek comes with a Chiller Wrap that is ready to use after 30 minutes in the freezer. It keeps red wine cool and drinkable too—the first-ever carrier that keeps wine and champagne cool as you "keep on trekking" (not sure about 40 days and 40 nights, though).

How to preserve the wine not used? Try a Wine Preserver Vacuum Pump with 2 Stoppers.

The Passover Seder is a special time to spend with family and friends, acknowledging blessings, eating good food and drinking good wine. What could be better than that?

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