Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Bunnies and Passover Peeps

Mom thought I would look cute dressed as the Easter Bunny. She said I would get treats inside little plastic eggs if I let her take pictures of me like this. So, Happy Easter Everyone! And Mom, thanks for the treats! Tommy and Hope got treats in little eggs too but I'm the only one who knows how to open the plastic treat eggs and get the treats out...and I'm not telling...Bwahahahahahaha!

I'm really not too thrilled being the Easter Bunny.

You probably know that we celebrate Passover at our house. Some people don't know that Passover lasts for a whole week. There is a Seder on the first night of Passover and some people go to a second night Seder on the second night. Passover always begins on the 15th day of the Jewish Month of Nissan. Since Jewish months are lunar months, which are shorter than our regular solar calendar months, Passover is in the Spring but doesn't always coincide with Easter day. Here is the dilemma mom faces when Passover and Easter fall at the same time:
  • If one keeps kosher for the whole week of Passover then one must not possess anything that is considered chametz (which includes products with wheat, rye, corn, spelt (whatever that is) and additionally basically anything that puffs up (like rice). Ha ha...I just thought of something sister Hope puffs up when she's upset...guess she has to go away till Passover is over!
  • Well, back to the topic. The prohibition on corn also includes corn syrup...which PEEPS!!!! My mom LOVES PEEPS! Is there any solution? Of course there is...

Mom just cut out a "Kosher for Pesach" symbol (you can't quite see it in the picture) and taped it to her favorite purple PEEPS. What could be more kosher?

Our friend Quasi did a wonderful blog posting on "The Cat Version of Passover (Purr-Over)". It is a quite thorough and entertaining piece. However, there was one part that was left out. For the past two thousand years or so cats have had a very important part to play at the Seder.

Generally, with humans, the youngest human at the Seder asks "The Four Questions" known as "Mah Nishtanah". For the youngest cat, there is a special version of The Four Questions. It's called the "Meow Nishtanah" and it goes like this:
  • Why is this night different from all other nights?
  1. On all other nights we eat kibble and soft yummy fancy feast. Why on this night only dry kibble?
  2. On all other nights we eat all kinds of kitty grasses and cat-nip. Why on this night do we eat only bitter grasses?
  3. On all other nights people tell us not to dip our paws in our water bowls. Why on this night do we dip our paws and splash the water as much as we want?
  4. On all other nights we recline near our people at the table while they are eating. Why on this night do we get banished to the back bedroom while our people and many guests talk, sing, laugh, eat and drink four cups of wine?
The answers? Well, we were banished to the back bedroom and fell asleep before we could hear the answers.

May this week bring you all lots of joy and happiness!


Quasi said...

Hi Shilgiah,
Thanks for your kind words and your link to my post. I like your four questions!

Your Friend,

The Monkeys said...

Hi and happy Passover! Purr-over sounds very interesting too.

Samson and Delilah

P.S. That bunny costume is very good. Do you catch any bunnies that way?

jenianddean said...

You look very cute dressed as the Easter bunny. I hope you enjoyed your treats, and your Mom enjoyed her kosher Peeps.

Parker said...

Tell Hope to stay all calm - we don't want any puffing attacks over Passover!

Lux said...

Oh, you look just adorable as the Eater bunny! I'm glad you got treats! :)

Anonymous said...

Shilgiah you are lovely dressed up like an Easter bunny! Thank you for teaching us about Passover and we wish you and your family a Happy Passover!

William said...

The Peeps solution was very clever! It made my mom laugh a lot!