Passover is the Feast of Redemption, first in line of the annual Jewish feasts that God commanded the children of Israel to observe. We love the holiday as it celebrates our miracle-working, bondage-breaking God, telling how He set our ancestors free from slavery in Egypt. We also love it because our Messiah Jesus celebrated it and adapted some of the Passover traditions to point to the even greater redemption that He accomplished for Jews and Gentiles. This year, Passover begins at sundown on April 23. If you’d like to read some of the articles that we Jews for Jesus have written about this holiday, go to our Passover Page.
We were also intrigued by an article we discovered that describes, among other things, Passover in Louisiana. The article tells how Louisiana got its Jewish community, how some of the Jewish people there have blended traditions of the South with Jewish culture and more. Here are two quick excerpts:
In a state known the world-over for its culinary traditions, Jewish women find creative ways to blend the traditions of their neighbors with those of their ancestors. Elaine Schlessinger of New Orleans makes an old family recipe for charoset, which, although blending the Old World with the New South, is not kosher.
(The article goes on to describe the secret ingredient for the charoset recipe, which we are by no means recommending that you use, though it does make interesting reading.)
also included in the article:
Jews in New Orleans have been able to be involved at every level of civic life. Judah P. Benjamin of New Orleans, helped finance the Civil War, and served as Secretary of War and Secretary of State for the Confederacy. According to Cathy Kahn, Jews were not, however, accepted at the highest levels of society, which in New Orleans means Mardi Gras. “It is a little known fact, that the first king of Carnival—the first Rex, in 1872—was Jewish. His name was Lewis Solomon.
Want to read more? Find it at “Bayou Bubbes: Jewish Women in Louisiana” by Susan Levitas.
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