Pesach 2014 with Recipes

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Wow… We had one of the best Pesach dinners this year.  It was such a blessing!  We used a Messianic Passover Haggadah and my boys (husband included) not only read the English, but read and sang the Hebrew!  Oh My Goodness!  Really! Those that have been with me during our time with Beth Yeshua, you know I cry every single time I see non-Jewish believers singing the Torah portion and then this. THIS. It was so touching and beautiful!  I am so thankful my entire family is convinced of the Messianic path and that we walk out our faith!

I neglected to take pictures of each individual dish for the recipes, so please forgive me.  I wasn’t thinking about posting the recipes until today.  I’m still learning this blogging thing 🙂

Pesach 2014


Here is my Matzah recipe.

This Charoset recipe was adapted from What Jew Want To Eat

This Brisket recipe was adapted from Food Network

If this is your first Pesach and you are not sure how to have a Seder, see this post with a Passover workshop and the Messianic Haggadah we used.  Be sure to note that each day during the Feast are different readings, you can find those in that post as well.

One final note, we have so much fun hiding the Afikoman.  If you have children, don’t skip this part. My boys look forward to this all year long and ask David to hide matzah for the rest of this Feast.  

I pray your Pesach is a blessing! And remember that it is not so important to do it “right” but to have the desire to honor Abba. So, don’t worry too much about having everything just perfect.

Chag Pesach Semeach!


Passover Daily Torah Readings

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Passover Daily Torah Readings


Judaism 101


Pesach (Passover), Day 1


Exodus 12:21-51


Numbers 28:16-25


Numbers 28:16-25


Joshua 3:5-7; 5:2-6:1; 6:27

Pesach (Passover), Day 2 Leviticus 22:26-23:44 II Kings 23:1-9; 21-25
Pesach (Passover), Chol Ha-mo’ed Day 1 Exodus 13:1-16;
Numbers 28:19-25
Pesach (Passover), Chol Ha-mo’ed Day 2 Exodus 22:24-23:19;
Numbers 28:19-25
Pesach (Passover), Chol Ha-mo’ed Day 3 Exodus 34:1-26;
Numbers 28:19-25
Pesach (Passover), Chol Ha-mo’ed Day 4 Exodus 9:1-14;
Numbers 28:19-25
Pesach (Passover)
Intermediate Shabbat
Exodus 33:12-34:26 Numbers 28:19-25Numbers 28:19-25


Numbers 28:19-25


Numbers 28:19-25

Ezekiel 37:1-37:14
Pesach (Passover), Day 7 Exodus 13:17-15:26 II Samuel 22:1-51
Pesach (Passover), Day 8 (weekday) Deuteronomy 15:19-16:17 Isaiah 10:32-12:6 

Isaiah 10:32-12:6

Pesach (Passover), Day 8 (Shabbat) Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17

If this is your first Passover, you might want to watch the Passover Seder Workshop by Rabbi Greg from Beth Yeshua International.

And download this Messianic Passover Seder Guide.

I pray you have a blessed Pesach and that you grow to love the feasts as much as our family does.

Chag Pesach Sameach!!  Next year in Jerusalem!!



Cleaning out the Leaven and It Feels Good!

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Preparations are in full swing for Pesach around here.  We are spending time cleaning out the leaven… But, I am going to start this post by going backwards a bit…

You see, I have a bunch of christmas, halloween and easter stuff … We have been keeping Abba’s feasts for 3 years and had been planning to sell all that stuff. And we have been… a little here and a little there.  I was planning to sell what is left (and it is still a ton of stuff) in a big yard sale this Spring.  Well, a couple of weeks ago, Rabbi Greg was discussing this very topic and asked  … if it’s not good enough for you, why are you pushing it on (selling it to) anyone else? It made me think of Abraham’s father… the idol maker. UGH!  I was already feeling really strange selling stuff to friends and neighbors that I didn’t want near me or my family. I attempted to justify it by saying… It did give me an opportunity to explain our walk and why we keep Abba’s feasts… but still it just felt wrong.  Well, after Rabbi talked about selling our idols, both my hubby and I knew immediately what needed to be done.  He actually looked at me and said… so much for a yard sale, huh?  Yeah… not doing it.  We’re not going to profit from selling our idols!  Then and there hubby and I decided to have a bonfire to get rid of all this junk …

Well, yesterday, while pondering the meaning of Pesach, I realized I still have all this stuff here in my home!!  Leaven! Idols!  So, I get to thinking… “it’s been raining a bunch this past week, so it won’t be too dry to burn”.  Today was the day. THE day to have the bonfire to destroy our idols … an idol bonfire on the farm!  I get up this morning and it’s dreary, somber and wet outside (not raining, just wet) … yep PERFECT for a bonfire… and then (there always seems to be an “and then”) … I got this on our local weather bug alert:

Wind Advisory ... no bonfire today!

Wind Advisory … no bonfire today!

LOL… so we are now just boxing it all up to take to the dump…  and humming as we work…. >bye-bye leaven!  It feels good (like I knew that it would…)!!!! I can seriously hear Rabbi singing James Brown with me right now, can’t you! LOL! I know it says “I” feel good… but I’m changing the words today!

I pray you all are feeling this good sweeping the leaven out of your own lives! Following Abba’s path is pure joy! A delight! A blessing!

Until next time… Shalom Mishpocha!!!

Matzah Recipe

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Matzah / Unleavened Bread Ashkenazic Recipe 

My Matzah edited


  • 3 Cups All Purpose Flour Wheat Flour (My all purpose flour does not have any leavening agents… might want to check if you are planning to use it).
  • 3 TBSP olive oil
  • 2.5 TBSP Honey
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Warm Water
  • 1.5 tsp Salt


Preheat oven to 450

Combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.  Add eggs, oil, honey and water to the flour mixture and knead until smooth.


Matzah balls edited 2



Divide and, with hands greased with olive oil, form into golf-ball sized sections.





Matzah rolled out edited



On a floured surface, roll each ball into flat, round circles.  We roll the Matzah balls out flat with a glass … if you have never done this, try it!  You will understand how much easier it is when working with smaller dough pieces than using a rolling pin!   LOL!




Matzah Pricking edited


If you would like the dough to be crispier, (more like crackers) prick holes in the surface with a fork; if you want a thicker flat bread (which is great for sandwiches) do not prick the dough.  Since this is for the Pesach meal, we wanted  ours to be pricked for this batch.



Matzah Hot out of the Oven edited


Place on a pan or stone in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.  Keep checking and flipping them every three or so minutes.






UPDATE 3.27.13 Added 6 cloves of minced garlic and 1/2 small onion chopped fine to the recipe using whole wheat flour.  Added about 3 tablespoons more olive oil and WOW, it is fabulous!  We will be making this regularly!

Until next time…. Shalom!!!!  Chag Sameach!  

Pesach / Passover Crock Pot Brisket

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We have cooked this recipe several times and we all love it…. And I especially love how easy it is to cook 🙂   We will be having this after our Passover Seder.  This is from Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook.  I’ll post my pictures after Pesach!



Goodtime Beef Brisket, Page 99

  • 3.5 – 4 lb Brisket
  • 1 can of beer (can’t use beer!!  Here is a substitution chart)
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp prepared mustard
  • 2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
  • 2 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 2 TBSP brown sugar
  • 1 small bell pepper chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

1.  Place brisket in slow cooker

2.  Combine ingredients and pour over meat.

3.  Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours.  Be sure to baste constantly to keep moist.

4.  Remove meat from sauce.  Slice very thin.


That’s it!  I’ll post a picture from the web until I get mine uploaded.

Chag Sameach!  Shalom!

Got Matzah?

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Got Matzah

It’s almost that time! Cleaning out the leaven!