16 Facts About Seder


Passover Seder is a ritual feast at the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover.

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The Seder is a ritual involving a retelling of the story of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt, taken from the Book of Exodus in the Jewish Torah.

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Seder customs include telling the story, discussing the story, drinking four cups of wine, eating matza, partaking of symbolic foods, and reclining in celebration of freedom.

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The Seder is among the most commonly celebrated Jewish rituals, performed by Jews all over the world.

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The Seder is integral to Jewish faith and identity: as explained in the Haggadah, if not for divine intervention and the Exodus, the Jewish people would still be slaves in Egypt.

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Therefore, the Seder is an occasion for praise and thanksgiving and for re-dedication to the idea of liberation.

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Furthermore, the words and rituals of the Seder are a primary vehicle for the transmission of the Jewish faith from grandparent to child, and from one generation to the next.

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At the head of the table is a Seder plate containing various symbolic foods that will be eaten or pointed out during the course of the Seder.

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Traditionally, each participant at the Seder table recites the Haggadah in the original Hebrew and Aramaic.

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Special Passover Seder plate is the special plate containing symbolic foods used during the Passover Seder.

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Order and procedures of the Seder are stated and printed in the text of the Passover Haggadah, a copy of which is in front of all participants.

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Afikoman, which was hidden earlier in the Seder, is traditionally the last morsel of food eaten by participants in the Seder.

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Seder concludes with a prayer that the night's service be accepted.

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Group of people who hold a Passover Seder together is referred to in the Talmud as a chavurah.

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The first of these, the Freedom Seder, was written by Arthur Waskow, published in Ramparts magazine and in a small booklet by the Micah Press and in a later edition by Holt-Rinehart-Winston, and was actually performed on April 4,1969, the first anniversary of the death of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

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When people wish to participate in a shared Seder but are unable to be physically together, technology such as videoconferencing software can be used to facilitate a "virtual" Seder.

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