The Passover Table is Covered with Frogs!

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The Passover Seder Table is not simply a place to tell the story of the Exodus and to eat dinner. The Table is symbolic in and of itself. It is a place where memories are made and traditions are taught. It is where we gather with family and friends, and newcomers too, to celebrate our freedoms.

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The vibrancy and beauty of the Table reflect our gratitude to God for taking us from slavery to freedom, from sadness to happiness, from pain to joy, from darkness to light. Fresh flower arrangements that mirror this year’s bright ORCHID & LIME color scheme make the table especially spring-like and festive as we celebrate the bounty, joy, and beauty of the season.

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Newcomers to the Seder ask, “What can I bring?” We say BRING A FROG…and we have built up quite a collection over the past thirteen years!

Why a Frog?

Passover Frog Collection

God told Moses, “Behold, I hear the cry of the children of Israel. I have surely remembered you and seen what is done to you. And now I will put forth my hand and smite Egypt with signs and with wonders. Go tell Pharaoh, Let My people go!”

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Moses told Pharaoh, “Let My people go!” But Pharaoh said no. So God sent ten awful plagues to punish the Egyptians and to teach Pharaoh that only God is God. First God turns all the water in all the rivers, streams, ponds and pools in Egypt to blood. For seven days blood flows everywhere; there isn’t a single drop of water for the Egyptians to drink. And God says, “Let My people go!”

passover table with frogs

But Pharaoh still refuses. Now God sends frogs swarming all over Egypt. Frogs hop into the Egyptians’ houses, into their bedrooms and into their beds. Frogs hop into the kitchens where bread is made, and even into the ovens.

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Pharaoh promises to set us free but as soon as God makes all the frogs hop away, Pharaoh breaks his promise.

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So God sends seven more plagues: gnats, flies, cattle disease, boils, hail, locusts, darkness.

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“Let My people go!” When Pharaoh still refuses, God sends the tenth and final plague – the slaying of the firstborn. But first God tells us to use the blood of a lamb to mark our doors. The Angel of Death will see the mark on our doors and PASS OVER our houses when it is time to inflict the plague.
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“Let My people go!” Finally, finally Pharaoh frees us. God saved us from slavery with signs and wonders.
Playing with Frogs

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Cousins: Ava (12 months) and Ethan & Preston (18 months)

We tell the story of our Exodus from Egypt to you, our children, and they will tell it to their children, and it will be told again and again. Shalom, Peace. We pray for peace, for us, for everyone. Next year in Jerusalem, next year may everyone be free.

Saying “Next year in Jerusalem” is another way of saying we hope by next year to live in a world that offers safety and peace, freedom and plenty, to all people, all over the world.

(Portions of this post were written with the help of The Family Haggadah by Ellen Schecter).

17 thoughts on “The Passover Table is Covered with Frogs!”

  1. Absolutely beautiful! You have an amazing talent for bringing the holiday alive with your gorgeous pictures and text. Thank you for sharing your Passover tradition.

    1. Thank you Bev ~ We love Passover! Please stop by later in the week to see my nephew’s brisket. He’s 10 now, and made it himself. He’s been helping me since he was 4. He’s getting pretty good with the chef knife too.
      I hope you and your family had a lovely Easter!
      LL
      P.S. We gotta plan that girls trip!!

  2. Beautiful words, beautiful table, beautiful children who will learn from both.

    Thank you for inviting us to share.

  3. What a beautiful and symbolic table. All those touches you put into this meal, from setting the table, to what I’m sure was delicious food, make everyone want to spend Passover seders at your home each year, I’m sure. Love the traditions you keep going.

  4. A personal thought upon reading this wonderful post . . . I was born Lutheran and have converted to Buddhism . . . somehow during my Uni years I was ‘given’ the warm title of ‘honorary Jewess’ at the Sydney University . . . probably the loveliest gift ever received from the crowd of Jewish guys in my Medical year . . . been thru’ incredibly hard times since – for the last decade there is a big sign framed where I last see it every night: ‘Tomorrow Jerusalem’. The thought and idea have kept me safe . . . Shalom!

  5. I have a friend who would love your table! She has frogs all over her house and is always asking for more. What a fun and gorgeous table setting!

  6. Lori, what a lovely post. I’m thrilled you’ve shared a great recount of the plagues. I loved reading about them as a child and have always been amazed at God’s will to shake us up. That table setting is impressive, but so is everything you put together. Thanks for sharing such a bold story with us.

  7. All is beautiful and filled with love and sweetness. A perfect dinner. A perfect seder. The addition of the frogs really adds to the excitement of the holiday. And what child can resist a frog?

  8. Every time when you have a party, I get excited to check out your tables and dishes. To be honest, I’ve never been invited to a house party that is as detailed as yours. Not to mention the beautiful flower on the table, color theme, and all the small accessories and props. And the meals come out and WOW…. I am sure your family are always excited to visit you for dinner (and document on facebook with iphone! That’s what I would do… :)).

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