Passover 2011

Thursday, 14 Apr 2011 01:31 PM

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Passover, one of the most observed Jewish holidays, begins April 18th and lasts through the 26th.  The holiday remembers the story of Exodus when the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt.
 
According to the account, God inflicted ten plagues on the Egyptians, the last and worst being the slaughter of the first-born. In order to avoid this plague, the Israelites were told to mark their doorposts with the blood of a spring lamb. The spirit of the Lord would see this and “pass over” these houses. This is where the term Passover originiated.   
 
The Passover meal, or Seder, is an integral part of the Passover celebration. It begins with a benediction; the reading of Kiddush.
 
Another important aspect of the Passover meal is the Seder plate which consists of six food items, arranged in a specific order. The plate, containing shank bone, egg, bitter herbs, paste, vegetable, and lettuce, is placed in front of the head of the household.
 
Classic Passover foods included horseradish, borsht, egg drops, matzah balls, Passover noodles, and tzimmes.

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