Have a green sustainable Seder tonight

13th century seder13th century seder/Public Domain

The last supper was a Passover Seder. It is not just a meal that starts the holiday of Passover, but an oral tradition based on a command in the Bible: "You shall tell your child on that day, saying, 'It is because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt." It's long, because you can't just tell the story, you have to do the hyperlinks and connect what this rabbi said to that scholar and turn a few lines of Exodus into an hour of analysis. If only Tim Berners-Lee had been Jewish and lived 600 years ago, it might be easier.

At the Huffington Post, Danielle Neirenberg has some suggestions for making the Seder more sustainable, some of which my mom would kill me for if we tried, but others that make sense. They include:

Create New Innovative Meals From Holiday Leftovers

Indeed, there are a lot of leftovers usually, after the starter plate and the soup it is almost impossible to get through the main course. This makes total sense.

Serve Local Food at Your Seder Table

Right. Try and even fill the Seder plate in March with local food. I am not sure I could even find local apples at this time of year.

Grow Your Own Seder Essentials:

See above. Oh wait, there are sprouts.


Always a good idea.

Make Passover Eve a Meatless Monday

Not likely to happen in our house; mom has already bought a roast that could feed 20 people and serving a third that many, but two vegetarians are coming for dinner and they are getting their own special treat.

Matzohbuzzfeed/Screen capture

Then there is Matzoh, the unleavened bread that Jews eat for the next seven days. It is an acquired taste, but if you like buttered cardboard you will love the stuff. Buzzfeed scores with 25 Delicious Ways To Use Matzoh, some of which look quite good. You can also try Kelly's Recipe of the Week: Passover Walnut Tweed Torte. Bonnie also offers 20 Ways to Recycle Your Leftover Matzah, which do not include turning it into building insulation.

Have a green sustainable Seder tonight
The Jewish seder is a big meal with a lot of courses; Here are some ideas for making it a little more sustainable.

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