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Passover vs Easter

Once again, Easter and Passover overlap this year. And that creates all kinds of problems for this bread loving Jewish girl! How can I bake my Easter Cake and eat it, too? Well, I can't, but that's a problem for another post...

When it comes to these holidays, people often ask, "Is Passover the Jewish Easter?" The easy answer is a definitive, "Not really." However, the two celebrations have many things in common. Both are significant biblical events. Both celebrate miracles. Both occur in spring. And both involve food, even some of the same foods… Let’s take a look:


Yes, the Easter Egg is so much prettier. But when you remove the shells they look and taste the same. And both result in good egg salad. The passover egg, however, remains in the refrigerator until dinner time, while the Easter egg sits in the sun waiting to be discovered, increasing the likelihood of food poisoning. 


I got nothin’ on this one… I’m pretty creative when it comes to matzoh, but there's no arguing with this gorgeous Easter bread, so let's move on.


All I can say about this sweet wine is don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it. Have you ever made a sparkling Mani-mosa? Me neither, but I might give it try.


Hmm, not much to say about this bone. It's not cute, not cuddly, and not something to make a little kid squeal with delight. But a word of caution, bunnies are a lot more work than you might think, and the initial thrill quickly wears off when you discover how much care they require. Stick to stuffed bunnies and leave the live ones to true rabbit lovers. 


Sorry Easter chefs, but I'm sticking with my matzoh balls.


Now we’re getting somewhere. Easter ham or kosher brisket. Both are delicious, and the leftovers make great sandwiches. Which brings us back to the issue with…


Here’s a tip – freeze your brisket, and next week make a sandwich on real bread. 


WIN WIN WIN! Chocolate bunnies, chocolate eggs, chocolate matzoh. It’s CHOCOLATE for everyone. Happy Holidays!

Here's one of my favorite Passover recipes, Chocolate-Caramel Matzoh. It's the best part about Passover - a crunchy candy cookie that everyone loves!

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Marc Mayerson
Marc Mayerson
Apr 09, 2022

There is a direct tie to the Easter story. The Last Supper was a Passover seder.

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