Significance of the Food and Ritual Objects Used at the Festival of Passover

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Significance of the Food and Ritual Objects Used at the Festival of Passover Pesach also known as Passover is observed for seven days, eight outside of Israel. Pesach celebrates the freedom for two hundred years of Egyptian slavery. The most important part of the festival is the Sedar meal. This meal takes place, in Jewish homes on the first night of Pesach. This meal includes a symbolic meaning and retells the story of the Israelites escape from Egypt. Jews eat unleavened bread during this time. This is called matzah. Certain preparations must be made for the Sedar meal and Passover. Passover starts by cleaning the house of all chametz (leaven). This is because they believe that God commanded…show more content…
The Shank bone is to symbolise the Paschal lamb offered as the Passover sacrifice in biblical times. In some communities, it is common to use a chicken neck in place of the shank bone. Vegetarian households often use beets for the shank bone on the Seder plate. The red beets symbolize the blood of the Paschal lamb, which was used to mark the lintel and doorposts of the houses during the first Passover (Exodus 12:22). Any house with sign of blood was safe from the lat plague. The egg is to symbolise a new life. The egg is usually hard boiled and then roasted and grilled. The egg also represents how a dead feature becomes a new life, so in this case a chick. Jews believe that this is joyful as it relates to them. Jews recite the Hallel during this time. Marror or bitter herbs are usually freshly grated horseradish or horseradish paste. This brings tears to the eyes of the Jews, and symbolises the sadness felt by the Jews. This reminds the Jews of slavery. Maror is used in the Seder because of the commandment (in Numbers 9:11) to eat the paschal lamb "with unleavened bread and bitter herbs." Lettuce is also eaten in Pesach. This symbolises how first lettuce tastes nice at the beginning and bitter at the end. This shows how the pharaoh welcomed them to Egypt, and later used them as slaves. Charoset is a mixture of apples, nuts and spices. This symbolises all

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