Haggadah – Symbol of Nisan

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OMG-D! It’s almost time for Passover! With Nisan upon us, preparations for our annual journey out of Mitzrayim begin in earnest.  Whether you take a traditional or modern approach, believe in G!d(dess) or not — Passover is a holiday pretty much all Jews can connect to.  There are so many things we could explore as the symbol of Nisan, but here at PeelaPom.com we’re going to explore the Haggadah as the ritual object of Nisan.  Over at PunkTorah, look for my article on Chametz as a the symbol of Nisan.

“More than any other single ceremonial object or document, the Haggadah exemplifies the continuous evolution of the Jewish symbolic tradition.” ~ The Encyclopedia of Jewish Symbols by Ellen Frankel and Betsy Patkin Teutsch (pg 66)

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Passover Menu 5771

The theme for my 5771 seder was “Oasis at the Elim.”  I had written about this concept a couple of years back, but had gone in a different direction that year.  This year, I finally decided to do a menu with the “oasis” theme.

I hope this inspires your Pesach menu planning!



Charoset Sampler

Apple & Walnut, Ashkenazi-style

Date & Fig Sephardic-style

Fig & Port Wine


Avocado Soup with Herbs, Slivered Radishes, and Pistachios

Main Course

Chicken Tagine with Apricots & Spiced Pine Nuts

Oven Roasted Asparagus with Olives & Almonds

Herbed Quinoa


Oranges with Pomegranate Molasses



Coffee, Tea, Wine, Sparkling Water

A More Magickal Pesach

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This is Joseph's cup that he used for divination. Look into my cup and I'll tell you the future.

There are so many amazing things you can do to add a little more magick to your Passover Seder. Needless to say, using the fabulous Peeling a Pomegranate Haggadah is an easy way to do this, but there are so many others that you can do (all of which work great with my haggadah and others, too).  Considering that so much of the Seder is about creating a sense of wonder to engage your body, mind, and spirit.  It’s intended to be experiential.   Here are a few ideas to bring a little more magick to your Pesach.

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5770 Passover Menu

Not a thrilling theme for this year, but some good food none the less.  Here’s the menu for my 5770 seder:



Homemade Gefilte Fish


Fresh Market Salad


Amy’s Famous Brisket

Cumin Flavored Meatballs with Onion Jam



Ashkenazic Charoset

Sephardic Algerian-style Charoset

Herbed Quinoa

Lemon Cucumber Salad

Apple Banana Matzah Kugel


Oranges with Pomegranate Molasses

Caramel Matzah Crunch