Passover, one of the most celebrated holidays in the Jewish world, commemorates the biblical Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. The week-long holiday is celebrated by munching on matzah, slabs of crisp, unleavened bread, and abstaining from chametz, or leavened food. Other observances include the seder (a ritual meal), lively song, intense discussion and of course, debate. We were once slaves in Egypt, now we are free… LET’S EAT!
Unlike many Jewish holidays, one of the primary rituals of Passover, the seder, takes place in the home. While we are typically together at Hillel for Sedarim, this year is a bit different than all other years. This year, we are a part. However, we are each still in our own space; our own home - whatever that “home” may look like for you. The special thing about our community is that we do not have to be physically together to feel like home. Therefore, if we keep each other in mind during our own sedarim this year, we can all share in the beauty of being together in our homes.
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Pesach — Passover in Hebrew.
Seder — Literally “order.” The seder is the ritual meal on the first night, and repeated on the second night in many homes, where the narratives of the Exodus from Egypt are told.
Haggadah — The text read at the seder.
Matzah — Unleavened bread that resembles a cracker. It's one of the key symbolic foods of Passover.
Chametz — Leavened food that is avoided on Passover.
“Chag kasher v’sameach” — “A happy and kosher holiday” (Hebrew)
“Ah zissen Pesach” — “A sweet Passover” (Yiddish)
From Hillel International (https://www.hillel.org/jewish/celebrating-shabbat-and-holidays/passover)