Family And Friends Celebrate First Night Of Passover

Lydia Coe, left, raises her glass while Alexandra Gordon reads her Haggadah, which guides participants through the Passover ceremony Saturday at the Gordon Family home in White Rock. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
The rtual Passover meal is not eaten. The various foods represent parts of the story of the Exodus. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Staff Report

David Sigeti and Bonnie Gordon of White Rock hosted a Passover Seder Saturday evening at their White Rock home. The Passover Seder is a Jewish ritual feast that marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover. It is conducted on the evening of the 15th day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar throughout the world. This corresponds to late March or April in the Gregorian calendar. Passover lasts for eight days.

The Seder is a ritual performed by a community or by multiple generations of a family, involving a retelling of the story of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. This story is in the Book of Exodus (Shemot) in the Hebrew Bible.

The Seder itself is based on the Biblical verse commanding Jews to retell the story of the Exodus from Egypt: “You shall tell your child on that day, saying, ‘It is because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt.'” (Exodus 13:8)

Traditionally, families and friends gather in the evening to read the text of the Haggadah, an ancient work derived from the Mishnah (Pesahim 10). The Haggadah contains the narrative of the Israelite exodus from Egypt, special blessings and rituals, commentaries from the Talmud, and special Passover songs.

Source: wikipedia

Master of the Seder David Sigeti reads from the Haggadah. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
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