Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Date of Performance/Collection: 3/30/18
Primary Language: English
I asked a fellow classmate if he partook in any traditions regarding a specific holiday, and the conversation was led to the topic of food:
“Every year at Passover dinner my family and I eat the same food. There will always be a traditional Seder plate which will have around 5 or 6 items on it like bitter herbs, egg, and some sort of vegetable. My Nana will also always make her homemade brisket which is what her and her parents did for Passover in Romania where she’s from. And we always have Matzah Ball soup too.”
I then asked how long this tradition has been in his life and where it started in his family:
“I have had this meal on Passover since the first Passover I can remember. And my Nana is the one who brought it to our family.“
Background Information: Matthew is a 19-year old male born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Both of his parents are Jewish.
Context: Matthew shared this story with me in a conversation about holiday traditions with our families over coffee.
Analysis: Growing up in a Christian home, it was very interesting to gain an understanding of a cultural tradition, that for me, is unfamiliar and never personally experienced. It led me to think about my own traditions with reference to food and the meals my family will consistently have year after year for specific holidays or events. Attached is a picture the actual Seder plate Matthew’s family provided at Passover dinner this year (2018).
For more information of a traditional Seder plate served at Passover : https://www.chabad.org/holidays/passover/pesach_cdo/aid/1998/jewish/The-Seder-Plate.htm