Passover - The Story Of Exodus And The Seder Meal

Passover - The Story Of Exodus And The Seder Meal

Passover - The Story Of Exodus And The Seder Meal

Passover is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the story of Exodus, when the Jewish people were freed from slavery in Egypt. It is celebrated for eight days, beginning on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan. Passover is a time for Jews to come together with family and friends to retell the story of Exodus and to celebrate their freedom.

The story of Exodus is told through the Haggadah, a special text that is read during the Passover Seder meal. The Seder is a ritual meal that takes place on the first two nights of Passover. During the Seder, participants read from the Haggadah, eat symbolic foods, and drink four cups of wine.

The Haggadah tells the story of how Moses led the Jewish people out of slavery in Egypt, with the help of God's ten plagues. The plagues included turning the Nile River into blood, sending frogs, lice, and locusts, and causing darkness and the death of the firstborn. The final plague, the death of the firstborn, led Pharaoh to release the Jewish people from slavery.

During the Seder, participants eat symbolic foods that represent different parts of the story of Exodus. These include matzah, or unleavened bread, which represents the haste with which the Jewish people left Egypt, and maror, or bitter herbs, which represent the bitterness of slavery. 

Other foods include charoset, a mixture of apples, nuts, and wine that represents the mortar used by Jewish slaves to build Egyptian structures, and a roasted shank bone, which represents the lamb that was sacrificed and eaten during the original Passover.

The four cups of wine that are drunk during the Seder represent the four promises that God made to the Jewish people: "I will take you out of Egypt," "I will save you from slavery," "I will redeem you with an outstretched arm," and "I will take you as my people."

Passover is a time for Jews to come together to celebrate their freedom and to remember the story of Exodus. Through the retelling of the story, the eating of symbolic foods, and the drinking of four cups of wine, Jews around the world strengthen their connection to their faith and to their community.