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The Passover Seder

Taking place the first 2 nights of the 8 day holiday, the Seder is the most important event in the Passover celebration. Usually gathering the whole family and friends together, the Seder is steeped in long held traditions and customs

Leading up to the first night of Passover, the home is cleaned and cleared of all yeast foods, called hametz. All hametz is either eaten before Passover begins or "sold" to non-Jewish neighbors and friends.

The rules surrounding Passover are strict and many, with only special foods, utensils, and dishware allowed.

Kitchen utensils and dishware normally used in the home are not be used during Passover.

Special dishes and utensils for the Passover holiday are taken out of storage, cleaned and used.

Only foods that are "Kosher for Passover" are allowed. No leavened (containing yeast) foods or grains are eaten. In their place matzoh and foods containing matzoh are eaten. This is to commemorate the Israelites who fled quickly into the desert with no time for their breads to rise and were forced to bake the dough into hard crackers in the desert sun. All foods prohibited during Passover must be disposed of the morning of the first night of Passover.


Related Articles:
The Passover Seder Plate
Kosher for Passover
Why is this Night Different from all Other Nights
Five Easy Steps To A Seder Everyone Can Enjoy
The Story of Passover

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duane putt from United States
21:20 10/07/2011
i enjoyer this and it has given mr more understanding.
Gerald Serritt from United Kingdom (Great Britain)
13:04 03/20/2011
I have been aske to conduct the Seder for peole who have learning difficulties. They do not understand Hebrew, but yet all are Jewish. Can you suggest a programme for me to conduct? Gerald Serritt
giselle from California, US
13:48 03/10/2011
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johny noxville (Jackass) from United States
22:04 12/09/2010
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Michael from Texas, US
13:20 11/18/2010
Even as Christians, my family has celebrated Passover with the Seder meal, and shared it with our grandchildren. Many of my friends are Jewish and our connection of faith in G_d is very strong. I have many messianic Jewish friends, also. Thanks for this website!
louise from United Kingdom (Great Britain)
04:31 10/21/2010
Hmmmm.......i would love to try a passover' but i am not a jewish
Lance from Washington, US
04:15 08/21/2010
Cute Story. Any proof though? apart from biblical myths, e.g.: an historian's comment, apropos of all those Egyptian troops drowned by the Red Sea! ..Maybe what really happened (if anything), was: we beat high tide.
malema from Uganda
09:52 04/26/2010
please give me a detailed account of the passover
Barry from United States
16:55 03/29/2010
Melissa, Probably the most important thing for Passover (Pesach) is the telling of the story. It can be "short and sweet" or rather lengthy, but is should be told. Depending on how far you want to go, there are various foods that are associated with the holiday, such as parsley, wine (grape/apple juice for kids), horseradish, lamb shank, many others and of course matzoh. There is a lot on the internet to help you with this. I am sure there would be a Rabbi/Temple you could also call and they would help with specific questions. Hope this helps and happy holiday.
Melissa from Wyoming, US
11:53 03/29/2010
We have just adopted 2 little girls who have a strong Jewish heritage. We would like to introduce them to their roots and add Passover to our traditional Easter celebration. Any ideas that you could share with us, or recommendations?

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