Jewish Passover and Sedar

By Tia Magree

What is it?

The Seder is a Jewish ritual feast that marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of passover. It consists of a meal shared by family.
The Seder itself is based on the Biblical verse commanding Jews to retell the story of the Exodus from Egypt. It is held once a year usually around Easter time.

Seder Meal

Seder customs include drinking four cups of wine, eating matza, partaking of symbolic foods placed on the Passover Seder Plate, and reclining in celebration of freedom.The meal contains six symbolic foods Each of the six items arranged on the plate have special significance to the retelling of the story of the Exodus from Egypt.

The Seder plate consist of:
-Two types of bitter herbs which symbolises the bitterness and harshness of the slavery which the Jews endured in Ancient Egypt.
-sweet, brown, pebbly paste of fruits and nuts, representing the mortar used by the Jewish slaves to build the storehouses of Egypt.
- A vegetable other than bitter herbs which is dipped into salt water at the beginning of the Seder.
-A roasted lamb or goat bone symbolizing the korban Pesach (Pesach sacrifice).
- A hard boiled egg symbolizing the korban chagigah (festival sacrifice)