On Purim, Jews celebrate Persians trying (but not succeeding) to kill us, on Channukah, we commemorate how the Greeks tried (and failed) to kill us, and on Passover, we celebrate escaping being killed by the Egyptians. All this, Shalom Auslander points out in his novel, Foreskin’s Lament. And all this, is why there aren’t a whole lot of crafts surrounding the Jewish Holidays.
Take Easter: The Christians have bunnies and chicks, and colorful eggs. All lovely inspirations for fun family crafts. At that same time of year we have Passover: famine, and locusts, and killing of the first born. Is there a craft for that?
Well, there’s about to be.
Yesterday, I went to the Hershey’s Easter Party, a PR event where they showcased their adorable (and yummy) Easter crafts and products for 2014. Easter all the way. Admittedly adorable. Easy to do crafts. Yummy treats. But decidedly NFJ. (Not for Jews!)
So I say genug es genug (enough is enough – in Yiddish). It’s time for some Passover Crafts! And I’m here to help you adapt Hershey’s Easter crafts and Goodies for Passover.
1. Forget the Bunnies: Go Frogs
If you can get past the fact that the frogs in the Passover Story were a plague (one of ten – 10! because as slaves in Egypt we hadn’t suffered enough) then you can enjoy this Passover take on Hershey’s bunny snack cup.
Hershey’s fills their version with snacks and candies. Works for me. But to be more authentic, try filling yours with Gefilte fish. Yum! For more Easter crafts from Hershey’s that you can modify to your hearts content (or your religious belief’s intent: Atheist Cupcakes! Wickedly good Wickan Pops, Agnostic Apple Dunkers!) click on Hershey’s Holiday Crafts.
2. Plague Pudding: A Passover Plague-a-palooza Treat!
If I’ve learned anything from years of themed blogger events, the only thing needed to make a food themed is a theme-y name. Voila! Straight from the Hershey’s website: Plague Pudding! Just like chocolate pudding but with a appropriately “they’re going to kill us — let’s call it a Holiday!” name.
But why stop with Plague Pudding?
What about this Easter basket treat from Hershey’s? It’s easy to Seder-i-fy it! Just use one candy coated chocolate egg instead of three, paint a baby face on it with an edible ink pen, and tada: Moses in a Basket treats!
Try this it’s-so-good-I-even-make-it-when-it’s-not-Passover (seriously, I really do) Hershey’s Chocolate covered Matzoh Bark, or as I like to call it, Let My Waistline Go Matzoh Bark. It’s incredibly fattening and incredibly good.
Who says it has to be an Easter Egg? I’m putting mine on the seder plate on the kids’ table. So there.
Nix the pink and green wrapped Hershey kisses in this holiday themed pack, and you have blue and silver left…can you say “colors of the Israeli flag?” Bonus: they’re Kosher!! Who knew? (Well, I’m sure somebody knew. Like some Jew who doesn’t serve roast loin on pork on Friday nights) Put them in a rustic burlap sack – just like the ones the Jews had to put all their worldly belongings in when they fled from Pharaoh! – and you’ve got Exile’s EggStravaganza! Just be sure to eat ’em fast, before those stifling desert temperatures melt them away!
The lip balm, change purses, headbands, and hip tees are non-denominational. Enjoy. But if you’re coming to my house for the seder…you could at least put a blazer or nice cardigan over your tee. I mean, we like to dress a bit. Comfortably, so we can recline and all…but still.
So Happy Passover. Happy Easter. Happy Pagan Rite of Passage (come on, eggs, fertility, you do the math). Enjoy!
Full Disclosure: I got some Hershey swag at the event. That is all. Also. I know Jews can craft. Please don’t write some ridiculous comment about how I’m an anti-semite. It’s a HUMOROUS post. Get a sense of humor!