11 April 2017

The Passover Seder

Jews Celebrating Passover. Lubok, XIXth century.

The Passover Seder is a Jewish ritual feast that marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of PassoverThe Seder is a ritual performed by a community or by multiple generations of a family, involving a retelling of the story of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt.  This story is in the Book of Exodus (Shemot) in the Hebrew Bible. Traditionally, families and friends gather in the evening to read the text of the Haggadah, an ancient work  The Haggadah contains the narrative of the Israelite exodus from Egypt, special blessings and rituals, commentaries from the Talmud and special Passover songs.  Seder customs include telling the story, discussing the story, drinking four cups of wine, eating matza, partaking of symbolic foods placed on the Passover Seder Plate, and reclining in celebration of freedom.  The Seder is performed in much the same way by Jews all over the world. The Seder is the most commonly celebrated of Jewish rituals.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passover_Seder

*The image of Jews Celebrating Passover. Lubok, XIXth century is reproduced here with the courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1850ukr_pesah.jpg

  Happy holidays ~ חג שמח

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