The celebration of the exiting of Egypt
A Passover table with a Jewish family reading blessings.
This is a Passover plate with foods that have great significance over the ceremony.
a flat unleavned cracker-like food or bread
Matzah and the Seder
Matzah is the flat, cracker-like, unleavened bread which has become the central symbol of Passover, the Bible specifically commands eating Matzah on the first night of Passover, and prohibits all leavened products the entire week of the holiday. Referred to as “bread of poverty”, matzah recalls the food that the Israelites ate when they were slaves. It also recalls the rapid liberation of the Israelites, which happened so fast that they did not even have time to allow the bread for the journey to rise before setting out from Egypt.
Passover always begins on the 15th of Nissan, which is, according to the Hebrew Bible, the first month in the ancient Israelite calendar. Passover is about freedom and escaping from the Pharoah. Jews re-live the hardships with a long seder. Foods can be from wine to salt water and horse radish. The food all has a special meaning that is described in the ceremony.
This is Matzah, the flat cracker-like food.
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