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Passover

seder tablePesach (known as "Passover" in English) is the major Jewish Spring festival that commemorates the exodus from Egypt over 3,000 years ago. The ritual observances of this holiday center around a special home service called the seder (meaning "order") and a festive meal, the prohibition of chametz (leaven), and the eating of matzah (unleavened bread). On the evening of the 15 day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar, we read from a book called the Hagaddah (meaning "telling"), which contains the order of prayers, rituals, readings, and songs for the Pesach seder. The Pesach seder is the only ritual meal in the Jewish calendar year for which such an order is prescribed, hence its name.

 

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For more information about Passover, including history, customs and rituals, family activities, and recipes, go to ReformJudaism.org