Looking to inject a new twist into your Passover traditions to give your guests something to talk about as you gather for the second seder tonight?
How about swapping out the traditional Maror on your seder plate with some wasabi to honor the victims of Japan's earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis?
It's a small, symbolic gesture. But it's also a great way to remind your friends and family that tens of thousands of survivors are continuing to struggle with the aftermath of the triple disaster.
Traditionally, Jews place bitter herbs — usually horseradish or romaine lettuce — on the seder plate to remind guests of the bitterness of slavery in Egypt.
And if you're looking for a more concrete way for your guests to help, you can encourage them to donate to the following Jewish charities, which are all collecting relief aid for Japan:
- Jewish Federations of North America
- Jewish Coalition For Disaster Relief
- American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
And don't forget TakePart's own list of ways to help Japan.
(Hat Tip to the great folks at Jar Restaurant in L.A., who mentioned this at their amazing seder last night).
Photo: Flickr/Robert Couse-Baker