Q. How important is it to go to a Seder on Passover

A. Passover, (this year beginning April 18,) commemorates the freedom of the Jewish people from Egyptian slavery and their Exodus from Egypt over 3,000 years ago. The Exodus marked the beginning of the Jewish people as a nation and the beginning of their unique relationship with G‑d. We celebrate the Exodus every year at unique event called the Seder.

The Seder is a unique family time where families gather together to celebrate their common Jewish heritage. The main focus of the evening is the children who get to ask the ‘Ma Nishtana – 4 questions’. Judaism is a continual tradition that has been passed on continuously for over three thousand years in the Jewish family. The Seder, gives us the opportunity to continue teaching that unbroken tradition to the next generation ensuring that the tradition will continue.  

The Seder (literally ‘Order’) is fifteen part order for an evening full of meaning and significance. The main parts include; eating Matzah, the unleavened cracker that our ancestors ate as they left Egypt, eating Maror, bitter herbs usually horseradish or romaine lettuce remembering the bitter times in Egypt drinking four cups of wine commemorating our freedom from slavery and telling the story of our slavery in Egypt and our miraculous Exodus. This story is told over in the ancient text of the Haggadah that we read at the Seder.

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