OKAY - THANK YOU, ALL OF YOU VEJEWTARIANS, FOR YOUR PATIENCE - HERE COME THE FULL DETAILS - PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THROUGH IT ALL TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE ON THE SAME PAGE - THANK YOU:
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Please realize that this is not just a random potluck where people come and go - this is a true Passover seder together, and we want everyone to arrive between 5:30 and 5:45pm but BY 6pm - a seder is a special kind of a prayer service, and we do not want to disrupt our prayer and learning focus once we begin - do plan to be with us for a few hours - also, plan to focus on our Haggadah, prayers, readings, lessons, etc. together before we eat a couple of hours or so after we start. [If you have children who may need to eat sooner, then please have them eat something before the seder in order that they can make it through. Although I know we have some children with us who can handle this quite well.]
This will be a meaningful and engaging seder - truly traditional and totally vegan - which fit together quite perfectly.
As to questions regarding what will be considered kosher for Passover for us, unless items/ingredients are labeled kosher for Passover at the market, please be sure to refrain from using the five forbidden grains: barley, oats, rye, spelt, and wheat in any other form. While I can provide a longer explanation, for those who would like, on the evening of the seder, for now I will just state briefly that even some Orthodox Ashkenazic rabbis, many Conservative Ashkenazic rabbis (including this one), and most Reformed Ashkenazic rabbis do permit the usage of what some call kitniyot. The prohibition of kitniyot (corn, legumes, rice, and other items whose flour can be mistaken for the forbidden flours) was a medieval custom added by some Ashkenazic rabbis but has been retracted by many in recent years. During the shulchan orech, I will be glad to answer this and other questions.
When packing the car to come to our seder on the 15th, please be sure to bring:
- your assigned potluck contributions
- ingredient cards for your potluck contributions
- serving utensils needed for your potluck contributions
- reusable/washable/non-disposable place settings for each person who is with you, (i.e., plate, bowl, drinking cup, kiddush cup, fork, knife, spoon, and napkin).
If you have your own preferred kippah to wear, then please feel free to bring that too. I will, though, have kippot for everyone who needs, and I will have our special Haggadot for reading, singing, etc.
If you have any questions about any of this, I would be pleased to answer you - please ask, though, before Passover begins. On the 15th, I am sure that you can understand that I will be busy with Passover responsibilities and not so easily accessible particularly while in set-up mode.
Also, please make sure that your RSVP is accurate for how many will be attending, as I will be bringing and setting-up tables and chairs accordingly.
Andy (aka Ravi Avi)