The importance of passover

As April approaches so does one of the most important religious festivals of the Jewish Calendar. Alongside Ramadan, Lent and Easter it represents a major complement of remembrance and sacrifice within a major religion. Of all the many Jewish religious celebrations it remains the most widely observed by those of the faith around the world.

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It involves the coming together of families and friends to celebrate the ending of bondage of the Jewsih people in Egypt. It is a story that dates back thousands of years, giving testament to the strength of it. It emphasises the struggle that Jewish people have had to maintain their religion despite significant persecution. Modern Passover rituals have begun to include references to the Holocaust of the twentieth century.

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Whilst there is a strong element of sorrow and remembrance there is also a celebration of the sharing of food and the fact that they are all there to commemorate the Passover. Seder Plates, like those from make up one of the principal elements as they contain the symbolic food and what it represents to the Jewish people present. Each part of the meal illustrates a period of the story of the Passover and how it has come to be so important to the Jwesih people. They recite passages from the Torah and encourage the youngest members to be involved. For example, the start of the celebration involves the youngest member of the party asking why they are here eating this food and remembering the events of the passover so that the older members can tell them.

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