During the Passover seder, three pieces of matzah are used. As the fourth part of the Seder, the leader breaks the middle piece in half; the largest piece is set aside to be served as the afikomen (from the Greek word for dessert). In most houses, either the leader hides the afikomen and the kids have to find it, or the kids steal the afikomen and ransom it. In either case, the kids are given ‘gifts’ (often gelt, chocolate coins) for finding or returning it.
Until the afikomen is returned, the Seder cannot be concluded, as it’s the last thing to be eaten (after regular desserts even). This tradition, instituted in the Middle Ages, was devised to help keep the kids engaged and entertained during a long meal with a lot of interruptions for education. Read On
Allie Berg hates talking about herself in the third person. It makes her feel crazier than she already is, so the rest of this is in the first person.
I live in Boulder, Colorado, in a house called Looking Glass Keep with fellow author Lily Edwards, and write in a basement known as the Wonderland Scriptorium. Currently, the Keep is under siege by 6 squirrels — Rocky, Natasha, Boris, Alexi, Lucifer, Bullwinkle and an as yet unnamed rabbit. I write about the women I’d love to be, the men I’d want to do, and the worlds I wish I could see. Who tops, who bottoms, who with, how many, and what kind depends entirely on the story, but I love Alpha males, Alpha females, relationships that heal and helping readers get their heart ons. Read On