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Why is this Night
Different
from all Other Nights

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The Four Questions

It is said that the Seder is celebrated especially for the children. It is important for Jewish children to be and feel involved in the celebration of Passover. Much of the ceremony is based on the commandment in the Bible that says, "And thou shalt tell thy son"


At the Seder the Haggadah, the Book of Exodus, is read and the history celebrated with its stories, songs and prayers



Why? Why? Why?

Why is this night different?
Why do we eat such unusual foods as Matzoh, the unleavened bread, and Maror, the bitter herbs?
Why do we dip green herbs in salt water?
Why do we open doors?
Why do we hide and then eat the Afikomen?


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At the Seder it is the youngest child at the table that answers the 4 questions asked at Passover.



On all other nights we eat all kinds of breads and crackers...

Why do we eat only matzoh on Pesach?

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Matzoh reminds us that when the Jews left the slavery of Egypt they had no time to bake their bread. They took the raw dough on their journey and baked it in the hot desert sun into hard crackers called matzoh.





On all other nights we eat many kinds of vegetables and herbs....

Why do we eat bitter herbs, maror, at our Seder?

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Maror reminds us of the bitter and cruel way the Pharaoh treated the Jewish people when they were slaves in Egypt.





On all other nights we don't usually dip one food into another....

Why do we dip our foods twice tonight?

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We dip bitter herbs into Charoset to remind us how hard the Jewish slaves worked in Egypt. The chopped apples and nuts look like the clay used to make the bricks used in building the Pharaoh's buildings.


We dip parsley into salt water. The parsley reminds us that spring is here and new life will grow. The salt water reminds us of the tears of the Jewish slaves.





On all other nights we eat sitting up straight....

Why do we lean on a pillow tonight?

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We lean on a pillow to be comfortable and to remind us that once we were slaves, but now we are free


The Haggadah itself stresses the importance of the Seder as "a spectacle meant to excite the interest and the curiosity of the children." Everything in the Seder is meant to make the children curious and to ask questions




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Reflexiones from Turkmenistan
16:55 04/25/2011
 
Saludos!|I agree with you, and im waiting for more info! Thanks!|Are you sure about that? From where you have this info?|Short and concrete, i like that!|It will work? reflexiones11.blog.co.uk/
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DELFINA ZEIGLER from Ohio, US
16:42 04/21/2011
 
IM A CHRISTAIN AND MY MOTHER AND HER GENEREATION WERE JEWS.. I REMEMBERED WITH MY AUNT FAYE WHOM WAS JEW ALSO.. I KNEW LITTLE BIT.. NOW , I WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS .. MY BLOD IS JEW .. I M GLAD TO LEARN MORE ..THIS WEEK, I EAT JEWISH FOOD AND LEARN ALOT OF MOSES AND JEWISH FROM EGYPT . THANK, DELFINA ZEIGLER
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Trina from Virginia, US
12:05 04/21/2011
 
What a nice clear explanation. I am also a Christian, and have friends and co-workers that celebrate the Jewish tradition. I want to understand these traditions better. thank you
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Robin from Florida, US
08:08 04/19/2011
 
Thank you for this website. I also am a Christian who loves to learn about Jewish traditions and Hebraic roots. When I understand, I feel closer to Israel and the Jewish people all the time.
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hannah greenside from Florida, US
01:47 04/19/2011
 
i am 10 yrs old and very curious about the seder,passover,and i want to know more about the pharo,elijha,moses,and mirium
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norma bryant from California, US
18:29 04/18/2011
 
Here is a little history of passover
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Danette from Maryland, US
18:21 04/18/2011
 
This is very interesting and I am a Christian who loves to learn about the customs of Jewish traditions. Thank you for making this site available. Since we are all descendent's of Father Abraham I feel a connection to the Celebration of the Passover.
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aaron
17:17 04/18/2011
 
can i please have questions and answers to say at the sedar thank you
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Evie from United Kingdom (Great Britain)
12:27 04/18/2011
 
I am doing passover today. I love having passover!!!
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Arie from New Zealand
03:56 04/17/2011
 
I am learning alot this year and I love having passover





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