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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

The Seder Meal

The Seder meal is a feast of unleavened bread or the Last Supper. St. Andrew's had the first Seder meal on April 4Th. We all gathered in the Fellowship Hall around the tables and shared our meal. Here are pictures of our Seder Meal. The meal lasted for several hours but it was well worth it. Having the same meal as the Israelites was something to be experienced. The children, of course, had parts as well. Everyone said they enjoyed it and look forward to having the Seder meal again next year!

Elements of the Meal


Lamb The word 'pesach' (pasch, passover) applies to the Lamb of sacrifice as well as to the deliverance from Egypt and to the feast itself.

Unleavened bread (Matzoh) called "bread of affliction" because it recalls the unleavened bread prepared for the hasty flight by night from Egypt. Three large matzohs are broken and consumed during the ceremony.

Bitter herbs (Moror) is a reminder of the bitterness of slavery and suffering in Egypt.

Green herbs to be dipped in salt water. Salt water represents tears of sorrow shed during the captivity of the Lord's people.

Haroseth (or 'haroses') represents the mortar used by Jews in building palaces and pyramids of Egypt during their slavery. (It is a mixture of chopped apples, nuts, cinnamon and wine.)

Wine is dipped from a common bowl. The 'Four Cups,' Thanksgiving, Hagadah ('telling'), Blessing, and Melchisedek ('righteousness'), are "four different words for redemption, spoken by God to Moses."


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