I am not Jewish but my boyfriend is. This year, I will be going to the sedar dinner at his parents house and was just wondering if there was anything I should know or what to expect? Any customs I should know about? I want to be respectful and educated. Thank you.
It is very nice that you are interested in making sure the Seder goes well. There are a couple of factors you need to consider. The main factor is how religious are your boyfriend's parents. The more religious his parents, the more likely the ceremony will extend before you actually get to eat. You may be very hungry by the time the meal is served. Do his parent's keep kosher? Even if they don't, it is important that any food gift you may be bringing to the seder be clearly marked on the package as being Kosher for Passover. Some items have a letter "P" on the label to indicate that the item is Kosher for Passover. Will there be any other friends or relatives at the seder? This is another reason why the gift should be Kosher for Passover. Even if his parents are not kosher, Uncle Leo may keep kosher. At a traditional Passover seder, you will normally eat a meat dish, matzoh, four cups of wine and a lot of other great food. You can forget about keeping to a diet that night. A kosher family will not serve dairy products when a meat dish is served so if you are bringing chocolates for dessert you should make sure they are "Pareve" meaning that there is no dairy in the product. By the way, we have a nice selection of Barricini chocolates that are pareve and Kosher for Passover (Click here to take a look: http://kosher4passover.com/shop/barricini/) Once again, depending on how religious they are, there may be a large amount of Hebrew recited. You will not be expected to recite or know any Hebrew. Most haggadahs (the book you will be reading from) will have English translations for you to follow. Check out our site for more resources on the Passover Seder, but most importantly, just relax sit back and enjoy the experience and try and picture your boyfriend when he was eight years old when it is time for the Four Questions to be read from the haggadah.
Your boyfriend is going to drop you one day, that's certain. A Jewish boy only works well with a Jewish girl. Sorry about the bluntness, but I'm telling you to rather be safe than sorry, if you didn't notice that till now.
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