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The intended climax of the Seder is the moment when all participants eat a small amount of the Passover offering (an amount called a k'zayit) wrapped with charoseth and bitter herbs (lettuce) in a mazta. This is known as the 'Hillel sandwich' after the beloved sage Hillel, who lived more than 2,000 years ago, who established this practice. This is the fulfillment of the Torah commandment to prepare and eat the Korban Pesach (Passover offering) 'together with matza and bitter herb' (Ex. 12:8). The Hillel sandwich eaten during the time of the Holy Temple no doubt bore a great resemblance to Chef Yochanan's kosher-for-Passover 'lamb burrito!'



Passover commemorates Israel's miraculous exodus from Egypt. This extraordinary event marks the birth of Israel as a nation. Forever turning its back on Egyptian idolatry and slavery to foreign domination and culture, the people of Israel headed towards Mount Sinai and its eternal covenant with G-d towards its destiny of becoming "a kingdom of priests and a holy nation" (Ex. 19:6).





✓ PASSOVER (in-depth article describes how Passover is celebrated in the Holy Temple),    ✓ VIDEO: HISTORIC PRACTICE PASSOVER OFFERING,    ✓ SHLOMO'S PASSOVER ADVENTURE (for kids & adults!)





  • 1 large soft avocado
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted pecans
  • 1/3 cup white raisins
  • 4 each dried apricots and prunes
  • 1 whole orange, peel and all
  • 2 tablespoon apple or orange juice



  1. Peel and cut the avocado into medium cubes and place in a bowl with the lemon juice.
  2. In a blender, coarsely chop the nuts with the raisins and dried fruit.
  3. Peel and segment the orange and remove any seeds. Add it to the processor and pulse a few times more.
  4. Add the avocado and pulse until the mixture is the consistency you want.
  5. You may want to adjust the thickness with the juice.


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  • 3 medium apples, cored and diced (Leave the peel on if apples are organic)
  • 1 cup unsalted, dry roasted pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup Marmalade
  • 1/2 cup Old Sweet wine
  • 2 inches ginger, grated
  • Zest from 1 orange
  • Juice from 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves, chopped



Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and refrigerate until serving.


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  • For the lamb
  • 4 tbsp. Date Honey
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • Juice 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 shoulder of lamb, lightly scored weighing about 1.6 Kg or Just under 4 IBs



  1. In a small bowl, mix the date honey with the cumin, lemon juice, olive oil and garlic.
  2. Heat a little oil a large pot or Dutch oven and sear the lamb on all sides. Add the onions and saut? for 1 minute.
  3. Pour the glaze over the lamb.
  4. Cover with the lid and cook over a low heat for approx. 3.5 hours.
  5. When the lamb has had its time, pour off the juices, remove as much fat as possible, then pour the juices back over the lamb.


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Chef Yochanan Lambiase heralds from five generations of chefs from Southern Italy. He trained under some of the most famous Michelin Star Chefs in the world. He was the founder of the Jerusalem Culinary Institute. He currently is the Head Chef of the Ugly Buffalo Mexican Street Grill in Jerusalem. Chef Yochanan has a regularly broadcast radio show and is frequent contributor of cooking articles.

Now, through this special video from the Temple Institute, Chef Yochanan will guide you through a tantalizing and trendy gourmet kosher experience. Contact Chef Yochanan at for information about Chef Consultancy, exciting culinary and wine tasting tours, cooking classes, culinary happenings and out of the box culinary events. 


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Passover is one of the three Biblical pilgrimage festivals. In the time of the Holy Temple, the entire nation ascends to Jerusalem for Passover, to the hallowed court of the Temple. Today many Jews hold a traditional Passover seder on the first night of the festival. The beautiful celebration, a time of family, tradition, and renewal, recalls the legacy of freedom that the people of Israel have bequeathed to all humanity. But the focal point of the entire festival - the true meaning and message of Passover - is missing: the eternal covenant of the korbon pesach, the Passover offering. The Passover offering is not only the main aspect of the holiday; it is an experience and a Divine commandment that is intrinsically bound up with the national identity of Israel; with who we are as a people. Its importance is preeminent precisely because it represents the Divinely-mandated, perpetual task of Israel: to slaughter all forms of idolatry before the eyes of the world. The freedom from Egyptian bondage goes hand in hand with the responsibility to uproot and destroy the idolatry which holds humanity back from realizing its potential.

According to Torah law, there is nothing preventing the Jewish people from renewing the Passover offering today, even in a state of impurity and even before the Holy Temple is rebuilt. Contemporary kohanim are eligible to attend to the service, and a minimal size altar can be quickly constructed on the Temple Mount in its proper spot. Indeed, the Passover offering can be the first step in the reestablishment of the service of the Holy Temple in its entirety. The halachic (Torah law) requirements and criteria that need to be fulfilled are all within reach. It is only the political level that prevents this from becoming reality. Today, there is a great awakening within the nation of Israel towards the renewal of the Passover offering. A public 'practice drill' held annually before the festival, whose goal is to educate and prepare the Jewish people for the renewal of the offering, attracts many thousands of participants, demonstrating the great reawakening of the people of Israel towards the significance of the Passover offering.


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✓ PASSOVER (in-depth article describes how Passover is celebrated in the Holy Temple)


✓ SHLOMO'S PASSOVER ADVENTURE (for kids & adults!)



HaShem spoke to Moshe and to Aharon in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be to you the head of the months; to you it shall be the first of the months of the year. Speak to the entire community of Israel, saying, "On the tenth of this month, let each one take a lamb for each parental home, a lamb for each household. But if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his neighbor who is nearest to his house shall take [one] according to the number of people, each one according to one's ability to eat, shall you be counted for the lamb. You shall have a perfect male lamb in its [first] year; you may take it either from the sheep or from the goats. And you shall keep it for inspection until the fourteenth day of this month, and the entire congregation of the community of Israel shall slaughter it in the afternoon. And they shall take [some] of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel, on the houses in which they will eat it. And on this night, they shall eat the flesh, roasted over the fire, and unleavened cakes; with bitter herbs they shall eat it. You shall not eat it rare or boiled in water, except roasted over the fire its head with its legs and with its innards. And you shall not leave over any of it until morning, and whatever is left over of it until morning, you shall burn in fire. And this is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste it is a Passover sacrifice to HaShem. I will pass through the land of Egypt on this night, and I will smite every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast, and upon all the gods of Egypt will I wreak judgments I, HaShem. And the blood will be for you for a sign upon the houses where you will be, and I will see the blood and skip over you, and there will be no plague to destroy [you] when I smite the [people of the] land of Egypt. And this day shall be for you as a memorial, and you shall celebrate it as a festival for HaShem; throughout your generations, you shall celebrate it as an everlasting statute. For seven days you shall eat unleavened cakes, but on the preceding day you shall clear away all leaven from your houses, for whoever eats leaven from the first day until the seventh day that soul shall be cut off from Israel. And on the first day there shall be a holy convocation, and on the seventh day you shall have a holy convocation; no work may be performed on them, but what is eaten by any soul that alone may be performed for you. And you shall watch over the unleavened cakes, for on this very day I have taken your legions out of the land of Egypt, and you shall observe this day throughout your generations, [as] an everlasting statute. In the first [month], on the fourteenth day of the month in the evening, you shall eat unleavened cakes, until the twenty first day of the month in the evening. For seven days, leavening shall not be found in your houses, for whoever eats leavening that soul shall be cut off from the community of Israel, both among the strangers and the native born of the land. You shall not eat any leavening; throughout all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened cakes."

Moshe summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, "Draw forth or buy for yourselves sheep for your families and slaughter the Passover sacrifice. And you shall take a bunch of hyssop and immerse [it] in the blood that is in the basin, and you shall extend to the lintel and to the two doorposts the blood that is in the basin, and you shall not go out, any man from the entrance of his house until morning. HaShem will pass to smite the Egyptians, and He will see the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, and HaShem will pass over the entrance, and He will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses to smite [you]. And you shall keep this matter as a statute for you and for your children forever. And it shall come to pass when you enter the land that HaShem will give you, as He spoke, that you shall observe this service. And it will come to pass if your children say to you, What is this service to you, you shall say, It is a Passover sacrifice to HaShem, for He passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when He smote the Egyptians, and He saved our houses. And the people kneeled and prostrated themselves. So the children of Israel went and did; as HaShem commanded Moshe and Aharon, so they did.

It came to pass at midnight, and HaShem smote every firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who is in the dungeon, and every firstborn animal. And Pharaoh arose at night, he and all his servants and all the Egyptians, and there was a great outcry in Egypt, for there was no house in which no one was dead. So he called for Moshe and Aharon at night, and he said, "Get up and get out from among my people, both you, as well as the children of Israel, and go, worship HaShem as you have spoken. Take also your flocks and also your cattle, as you have spoken, and go, but you shall also bless me." So the Egyptians took hold of the people to hasten to send them out of the land, for they said, "We are all dead." The people picked up their dough when it was not yet leavened, their leftovers bound in their garments on their shoulders. And the children of Israel did according to Moshe's order, and they borrowed from the Egyptians silver objects, golden objects, and garments. HaShem gave the people favor in the eyes of the Egyptians, and they lent them, and they emptied out Egypt.

The children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot, the men, besides the young children. And also, a great mixed multitude went up with them, and flocks and cattle, very much livestock. They baked the dough that they had taken out of Egypt as unleavened cakes, for it had not leavened, for they were driven out of Egypt, and they could not tarry, and also, they had not made provisions for themselves. And the habitation of the children of Israel, that they dwelled in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years. It came to pass at the end of four hundred and thirty years, and it came to pass in that very day, that all the legions of HaShem went out of the land of Egypt. It is a night of anticipation for HaShem, to take them out of the land of Egypt; this night is HaShem's, guarding all the children of Israel throughout their generations.

HaShem said to Moshe and Aharon, "This is the statute of the Passover sacrifice: No estranged one may partake of it. And every man's slave, purchased for his money you shall circumcise him; then he will be permitted to partake of it. A sojourner or a hired hand may not partake of it. It must be eaten in one house; you shall not take any of the meat out of the house to the outside, neither shall you break any of its bones. The entire community of Israel shall make it. And should a proselyte reside with you, he shall make a Passover sacrifice to HaShem. All his males shall be circumcised, and then he may approach to make it, and he will be like the native of the land, but no uncircumcised male may partake of it. There shall be one law for the native and for the stranger who resides in your midst." All the children of Israel did; as HaShem had commanded Moshe and Aharon, so they did.

It came to pass on that very day, that HaShem took the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt with their legions.



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