A Passover Seder

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A Passover Seder Remembering how to pronounce Seder ("SAY-dur") correctly made me nervous at first, but there wasn't really any cause for me to say it. There was such a whirlwind of activity that I spent most of my time simply trying to keep up as new foods were brought to the table or unveiled, the many steps of a long dinner ceremony were described and engaged in, and certain religious songs or hymns were sung. A book was provided to everyone at the table, with English on one side of the page and Hebrew on the other, that was used to go through the ceremony one step at a time. All of the foods were unusual in sight, smell, and taste, but most were quite delicious (with some exceptions), and everyone had pillows to lean against at the dinner table which was akward at first but quickly became enjoyable. Everything, from each individual food item to the pillows to the drinking of wine (or grape juice) and the order of the entire meal carried some sort of significance, and was described during the meal according to the small books that had been handed out. Everyone, including my key informant, was very friendly and helpful sometimes to a humorous degree. The concern that I understood what was happening was mixed with a joviality regarding my ignorance not that I was made fun of, but that it was amusing to have someone entirely uninitiated in the background of the meal of the religion. There were also times when I felt almost invisible, as parts of the tradition such as songs
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