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Pesach (Passover)

Pesach, Passover in English, is a major Jewish spring festival, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt over 3,000 years ago. The core themes of Passover are slavery and freedom. On Pesach, we are actually celebrating the transition from slavery to freedom.This is eloquently expressed in the rituals and the symbolic items of food on the table. 

The ritual observance of this holiday centers around a special home service called the seder (meaning "order"); the prohibition of chameitz ("leaven"); and the eating of matzah (an unleavened bread). On the eve of the fifteenth day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar, we read from a book called the Haggadah (meaning "Telling"), which contains the order of prayers, the explanation of special symbolic foods and rituals, and 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. 

To help you and your family better prepare for Pesach and the seder, we have digital resources filled with ideas, activities, and recipes designed to make your celebration as memorable and meaningful as can be, accessible on the left navigation bar. Feel free to explore any or all that interest you!

 'Preppin' for Pesach: "Running a Child-Friendly Seder"'

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